Sint Michiel - Curacao Travel Blog› entry 605 of 1090 › view all entries
Sint Michielsgestel is a little village in The Netherlands. As far as I know it is the only place in Europe that contains my name. Curaçao, however, has a village that matches my name completely, Sint Michiel! (OK the Sint (Saint) is of course a bit overdone, but still....) You can understand that I just had to pay a visit to this village.....
It is situated north west of Willemstad, on the coast and next to a saliña, another salt evaporation pond like in Jan Kok. The village itself is not a smashing metropole, but it has neat houses, and some real Kunuku Houses. We looked out over the blue sea and the green lands around the saliña. We also found out that the beach here was called Boca SaMi, a nice combination of our first names.
Sint Michiel is also the location of Fortress Sint Michiel. This fortress is two years older than Fort Beekenburg that we visited earlier in our vacation, dating back to 1701. The fortress had its successes and its failures, and was like Fortress Beekenburg used by several nationalities when Curaçao was reigned by other countries.
The fortress is, unfortunately, not well maintained. It looks like homeless people spend the night here, there is also a bar like facility established in the old structure.
More pictures below. Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te genereren zodat deze rare website toestaat dat de bijgesloten foto ook vertoond wordt.