After Hato Caves, Boca Pistol, and the beach, we went to look at flamingos.
We were promised to see a lot of them.
It turned out that they flew somewhere for lunch ...
Here are those that stayed at home... :( Just a miserable bunch.
Here are views of surroundings...
Just look, there are so many cacti!
They're an integral part of the landscape;-).
By the way, they are used not only in soup;-).
But also like a fence...
Rains on the island are very rare. But when it's raining, these cacti rapidly absorb moisture (probably, because of their greed). And since they are of many meters in height, they often break under the weight. Then, they are just inserted into the ground and they continue to grow. So, it is very easy to make such fence...;-)
And they have aloe instead of flowers on flowerbeds...
Let's go further.
I mean, let's go back to the capital of the island -
The city looks very cute. Only somehow jokingly. I do not understand, why UNESCO recorded so many buildings in their notebook. But they know it better ;-).
Initially, the city was called Santa Ana, it was renamed in the 17th century. The bay has remained its old name - St. Anna Bay - and naturally, it's deep enough even for cruise ships.
The main attraction of the city -
- the largest pontoon bridge in the world, was built in 1888 (213 m).
From the very beginning, people, who had no money to buy shoes, were allowed to walk across the bridge for free! Those, who had shoes, had to pay...
The bridge connects two parts of the town - Punda and Otrobanda, and it is opened about 30 times a day, allowing ships to enter the harbor.
I read in the guide book that one of the most interesting activities was to sit in a cafe on the pier and watch the bridge, when it was being drawn;-). We sat in a cafe in good faith and prepared to wait. We were waiting for a long time, we drank 2 beers, but we didn't see it :(.
In fact, you need to look at flags in the operators' cab - if it's orange, the bridge was opened less than for 30 minutes, if blue - it was opened for longer and it will be closed soon!
Fortunately, we have already seen this process, when we were driving in a car across another bridge;-).
That bridge is called Queen Juliana Bridge, and it is only for cars. It has 488 m in length and 56 in height. Its construction lasted for 14 years and cost 15 lives :(... It is high enough, all ships can sail under it.
There is Floating Market nearby. Ships from Venezuela and Colombia bring there vegetables, fruits, etc. It's cheap!
Punda means "place" in the local language, it is the eastern part of the city, its oldest part with old merchant houses with shops or warehouses at the first floor and a house for the family on the second. Everything in houses is planned to provide coolness in it - arches, and windows, and floors;-)!
Perhaps, exactly these houses are included in the UNESCO list;-).
And do you know that the governor of New York, which was called New Amsterdam in those days;-), the Dutchman Peter Stuyvesant, also known by the nickname "Wooden Leg", used to be the governor on Curaçao?
And I do not remember exactly, whether he, or any other governor, hated light colors on the houses. You know, that hurt his eyes in bright sunlight. And he ordered to paint all the houses in bright colors. And they still continue to do that...
Here's an unusual decoration on the wall of the house...;-)