My family and I had the pleasure of visiting the Caribbean island of Curacao. It is a tiny island that is part of the “ABC” islands – Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao. This chain of islands, located north of Venezuela in South America, was once part of the Dutch Antilles. The capital city of Curacao is Willemstad.
The island is very special. It is located in a sunny, warm climate. It has very friendly people. It is very safe. The island has beautiful scenery. The beaches have white sand. Some of the areas close to the ocean are like a desert with cactus plants. The northern part of the island has a rough, rugged coastline. The ocean waves crash against the rocky shore with a thunderous shower. It is a spectacular nature show.
The capital city of Willemstad is an amazing place. It is full of colourful historical buildings. The city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The site includes historic forts that protected the city and old mansions that housed the Dutch settler families. Some of the mansions look like wedding cakes. The city also has beautiful old churches and has one of the oldest synagogues in the western hemisphere that was founded in 1651.
Here is an interesting quiz on the many country houses of Curacao. It also has great pictures.
(March 3, 2013)
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