07.29.2014 - 07.29.2014
I woke up about 9a this morning and let Mike sleep in. The housekeeper, Veronica, arrived for our mid-week cleaning. Around noon, when Mike hadn't yet stirred, I woke him up to see what the plan of the day was going to be. His knee was hurting and had kept him up a lot of the night so he was in no shape for any diving. We decided to just have a down day and then explore town later on. I took some pictures of the birdlife around the house.
Iguanas loved to hang out on the rocky cliffs over the water.
Several large ships cruised by.
On the way into town, we stopped at the Centrum grocery store to pick up a few items. I was very excited to find they had Havana Club rum, one of my favorites. It's made in Cuba so of course, you can't buy it in the U.S. We drove into Willemstad and stopped at Anchor Bar in Riff Fort to have a drink on the water. The Fort is located right in the entranceway to the canal that goes through Willemstad, where the Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge opens, so we watched the ships go in and out and the seagulls fly by. When a ship enters the canal, the Pilot boat goes out to meet the boat and escorts it in and out.
We also had postcard views of the bridge and the Willemstad waterfront from our perch at the bar.
After having a drink at Anchor Bar, we walked across the pontoon bridge to the other side of Willemstad and did a little souvenir shopping.
We stopped for another drink and to watch the sunset at Iguana Café.
Finally it was time for our dinner reservation. We walked along the waterway and through the streets to a little place on the water called Perla del Mar.
Unfortunately, the food was not as good as the view but they sure could make a pretty drink.
Mike had garlic shrimp with French fries and I had a red snapper fillet with a baked potato.
After dinner, we strolled around town a little bit on our way back to the bridge.
The lights on the bridge at night are beautiful. They change colors every few seconds.
Pictures from the bridge.
After crossing back over the bridge, we went to the casino for a bit to try our luck again before heading home for the evening.