Curaçao
Aug 20, 2015Public
Photo: The Queen Juliana bridge in Willemstad is the highest in the Caribbean - 185 feet of clearance. In 1967, the nearly-completed bridge collapsed with great loss of life. By 1968, construction was restarted and it was opened in 1972.
Photo: The oldest part of town, Punda, dates from the 1600s and is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Free ferries shuttle people the short hop across the harbour to the Otrobanda district.
Photo: The Kura Hulanda museum is simply labeled "the slavery museum" in the tourist bumpf - but the quality of the exhibits is absolutely amazing and thorough.  These are actual 5000 year-old cuneform tablets from mesopotamia. Wow - this is the kind of thing you learn about in 7th grade social studies and would Never expect to find in a museum in the Caribbean.
Photo: More amazing artifacts on display - 4500 year old toys with wheels from the Indus valley and Mesopotamia. Just how this museum is funded boggles the mind - it is largely sponsored by a weathy Dutch businessman, who has no qualms putting his name on everything.
Photo: The famous floating pontoon bridge is gone - so the free ferries are the only way to cross the harbour. Which is all good.
Photo: Parts of Willemstad really feel like a European town square.
Photo: Punda
Photo: Curacao buildings are often brightly coloured