Willemstad by night

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The Queen Emma Bridge opening for the tugboats

The best part of the day in Willemstad is actually the night. The temperatures drop to a more bearable degree, the ever burning sun is gone, the lights are ignited and building are highlighted with strong floodlights. It is always a pleasure to sit at the St. Anna Bay and watch life go by.

Even on a late Sunday evening the boat traffic is respectable. The impressive Queen Emma pontoon bridge opens frequently. And not like in Netherlands or the US following strict rules that everyone has to clear the bridge. If you choose to stay on the bridge, so be it, it will open en you sail along.

Sana and I were standing on the Otrobanda side of the bay, and witnessed two huge tugboats who wanted to enter the harbor. The bridge opened but by far too little to give way to the huge boats. Nothing happened, it took for hours. Then, a small pilot boat came out of the harbor, maneuvered itself through the small hole, turned around and started pushing the bridge. For some reason the motor of the bridge was not sufficiently strong to open the bridge by itself.

More pictures below!

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Fort Amsterdam
Fort Amsterdam
Tugboats sailing towards the harbor
Tugboats sailing towards the harbor
The Queen Emma Bridge closing again
The Queen Emma Bridge closing again
Fort Amsterdam
Fort Amsterdam
Otrobanda - Willemstad - Curacao
photo by: mdalamers