A tour of Willemstad in Curacao.

 
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New York (AirGuide Features - Inside Air Travel) Sat, Dec 27, 2014 While taking part on the maiden JetBlue trip to the aCa and the largest of the ABC Islands, I was introduced to the islandas different sights, smells, and adventures that I included in various articles. However, no place captured the diverse soul of Curacao like Willemstad, which I had the pleasure of experiencing firsthand. Most noticeable were the brightly painted buildings that prove the Dutch are here to stay, giving the tropical city a European twist that was just too colorful to go unnoticed. And set against the backdrop of the clear blue skies draped with puffy white clouds, Willemstad is indeed a picture-perfect destination decorated with a hodgepodge of attractions that magically complements the variety of cultures populating the city. In true Caribbean flair, the Curacaoan capital marched to the beat of its own drum as natives quietly made their way along its narrow winding streets speckled with various shops, cafes, street vendors selling amade in Curacao" knickknacks as well as the buzzing Floating Market. Here, merchants sail from Venezuela to sell fruits, fish, and other goods to locals while floating on boats that ebbed with the motion of Willemstadas blue waters. Looking north of the market, the Queen Juliana Bridge, which is the highest in the Caribbean, can be seen towering in the distance. But at ground level the Queen Emma Bridge, also referred to as the Swinging Old Lady, provided a walk into history. The bridge serves as a link between the Punda and Otrobanda districts of the city, and occasionally swung open to allow vessels to pass. When this happened, ferries bobbed and weaved across the water to provide transportation for commuters. With the sun radiantly shining its golden rays intermixed with a few refreshing showers throughout my tour of Willemstad, the pangs of hunger slowly began to settle in, especially the more I inched closer to the mouthwatering aromas pouring out of The Old Market, formally known as Marsche Bieuw...

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