17 march Pointe-a-Pitre (GUADELOUPE)

This time we turn completely the page!

We leave, temporarily, our backpacks home and start from Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe, on board a luxurious and stylish ship to discover the old Netherlands Antilles!

The first impression of this French territory in the Caribbean is very similar to that experienced in Noumea, New Caledonie. It's strange to see in places so remote and distant: cars with French plates, pay in Euros, use only the ID card, to see people walking around with a baguette under his arm and the various French flags fluttering everywhere.

It’s late at night when, gently, this majestic ship sets sail, leaving behind the small Guadalupean port...

18 march navigation on the Caribbean Sea

The whole day is pure navigation, the only one that we spend without setting foot on land.
No problem, it will mean that we will enjoy this ship and all its services and activities!

19 march Willemstad (CURAçAO)

It is dawn, we open the curtain of our beautiful room and:earth! The island of Curaçao begins to materialize before our eyes!

I am very excited and can not wait to go ashore and bring Nora, Sophie and Ettore to discover this first Caribbean island.

Willemstad is the capital of Curaçao, a territory that is still part of the Netherlands.

The center consists of four quarters:  Punda (established in 1634 after the Dutch took the island to Spain), Otrobanda (cultural center), Scharloo and Pietermaai.

Willemstad, with its colorful colonial architecture and the entrance of the harbor is UNESCO World Heritage Site.

We cross the Queen Emma Bridge just in time because a small yacht is approaching and then they start opening the bridge while passersby hurry up to avoid getting stuck on the bridge... but no problem, a free ferry immediately enter to play and in 4 minutes it leads you to the other bank!

There are so many Venezuelans who work here,  the coast of the South American country is only a few dozen miles off after all! At the floating market, among tropical fruit stalls, we chat with Jose who tells me that they spend two months in Curaçao and two in Venezuela (maximum tolerated visa), they live in the boat and sleep on hammocks directly on their stalls!

Life, as in all tropical places, goes on calmly and without haste, people are relaxed and pleasant to walk the narrow streets of the colonial buildings that look out on this wonderful sea.

 

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