2011- Curacao
 

Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles

Monday 14th March

This remains as attractive as we remembered it.  We had to travel a little further to enjoy it this time as our previous docking position had been taken by “The World” – the massive vessel on which people live and travel around the globe.  There was also a large Dutch ship in.

We took a taxi in with Julian, Vera and others but separated when we arrived in town for them to go and do the train excursion that we had done last time.

We wandered round the shops looking for a little dress for Ava.  We quickly realised that whilst the town has one of the most unusual and attractive facades, there is not a great deal of interest – at least for a second visit.

This time we also visited the west bank and walked along to the 19th century Rif Fort (buying a dress from one of the nearby market stalls).  Whilst the walls of the fort remain, it has been developed as shops and restaurants.

We decided to walk back to Discovery rather than taking a taxi and went into the cathedral on the way.  Our route then took us past “the World” so that we were able to get a close look at it.

We arrived back onboard shortly before Brian and Ann returned from their city tour and so we had lunch together- Julian and Vera having remained in town for the whole day.  In the afternoon there was torrential rain and we were glad that we had decided to come back.  Jill uploaded more photographs whilst Adrian read and then we made up the diary – before having afternoon tea at the Lido with Julian and Vera.

In the evening all six of us went to the Yacht Club for their “Jazz” Dinner.