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MAR 2 WILLEMSTAD

Dutch Colonial Freeport

sunny 28 °C

WILLEMSTAD
We decide to head downtown. I had been here 45 years ago but what was a small town then has grown into a large city with traffic lights and traffic jams and paid parking in the core area. The drivers here are masters at merging and taking the slightest opportunity to get where they are going. We need lessons. Fortunately the old section of town has been preserved and is being restored and was declared a UNESCO heritage site in 1997, depicting Dutch colonial architecture. Many of the old streets are now pedestrian only, which makes it delightful to explore. We check out the old floating market, where boats from Venezuela come over bringing fresh fruit and vegies and sell them from their boats. Some things haven't changed in 45 years.

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THE MARKET

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ONE OF THE SHOPPERS

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THE PUNTA

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DUTCH COLONIAL ARCHITECTURE

Posted by RDILL 20:56 Archived in Curaçao Tagged willemstad

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Hi Dad - Cris and I were just in Amsterdam (a surprise trip) and this architecture looks pretty familiar...

What were you doing in Amsterdam? It is interesting going to the store here and everything is in Dutch. Way harder to understand than Spanish, (but a good excuse to get the pretty Dutch women to help translate.

by Jessica

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