A visit to Curaçao is complete without a visit to the spectacular Hato Caves which seem to sum up much of the history of the island. 1500 years ago they were used by Amerindian Arawaks for shelter, 200 years ago they were used by escaped slaves for hiding and today they are an important stop on the tourist trail.
I am a firm believing in the old adage "if you are going to go on an excursion, make it one to a brewery or a distillery". And if you are going to Curaçao you need to stop off at the Curaçao Liqueur Distillery. It's not about all those free samples you get, its about learning something about the socio-economic importance of the industry to the island (if you believe that you will believe anything).
And what of the fine ship that took us to all these wonderful places. Here is a picture of the Oceana in the harbour at Willemstad, the island's capital. The magnificent Queen Juliana Bridge can be seen in the background.
Readers of a perceptive nature will have noticed that this post differs from the normal photo-a-day post in that there are three photos! There are two reasons for this. I have realised that unless I get a move on I will never get through even a selection of the pictures from my holiday by my self-imposed deadline of the end of the month. And secondly during April I will start the process of amalgamating the Photo-A-Day blog into my main News From Nowhere blog - part of a process of rationalisation which I will say more about later.