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January 16

Caribean Cruise: Part 2

I’m back once again today with more cruise photos for you all.

On day 4 we landed in Curaçao (home of the blue liqueur) but instead of arriving at 10am as originally planned, the weather kept us from port until 4pm.  At that point all of the excursions we had booked were canceled due to the late timing and we scrambled a bit to try to figure out what we could do short timeframe.

A group of us (my parents and some extended family) all packed into a minivan and headed out to Hato Caves which was part of one of the excursions my mother had booked and one that Felix and I had missed.  So we were quite happy that we could just cab it out there ourselves.

The caves are some 200,000 years old and is the uppermost strata of the island which marks it as one of the oldest.  Needless to say we had to climb a decent amount of steep and sketchy stairs to get to the cave entrance.  Nothing my 3rd story apartment doesn’t train me for on a daily basis!  :)

This is the view from the cave entrance at the top of the stairs.

Lots of vegetation with plenty of cactus/cacti paired with the sound of parrots was pure amazing, after leaving a cold, grey Chicago winter behind us.

While the caves weren’t the largest I’ve been in, it sure was neat to walk through anyhow.  The coolest part of the caves (besides awesome formations) were the bats.  Fruit bats of course.  When you looked up in the dark they were flying around like tiny black butterflies.  They were really cute.  :)

The bats are camera-shy so I just have pictures of the caves for you.

After leaving the caves at 5:30pm the cab took us back downtown were we did a bit of walking, and just walked back to the ship for dinner.

(Getting dark and a bit rainy…)

By the time we got back to the ship, it was quite dark… perfect for a shot of the ship.  There was literally about 50 people standing around taking the same photo as Felix took here before we went to the dock.  heh

Well peeps…. I’d like to keep showing the rest of the photos from days 5 through 7, but day 5 has at least double the amount of photos as this post.  So I’ll show you the rest in Part 3 if you don’t mind; it’s just too much for one blog post.

  1. Meg the Grand / Jan 16 2013

    The last shot of the ship is stunning! I can see why so many people stopped to take a similar shot :) Yay for at least getting to do something once the boat finally docked, and double yay for being prepped for hikes!

  2. Tasha / Jan 16 2013

    That ship photo is amazing! It’s kind of crazy how those behemoths can stay afloat. The caves look fun, it’s nice that you didn’t have to miss everything after all! And it may sound weird but I’m kind of struck at how that harbor shot with the colorful houses looks a lot like the one little spot in Galway, in Ireland by the bay! I’m going to root through my photos at some point and try and find it to show you.

    • Liz / Jan 16 2013

      You may know (or perhaps be surprised to hear) that Curacao is actually a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands which is why some of the buildings look European. It was very strange…

      To top that off, were were able to use US Dollars on the islands even though the islands “belong” to the Netherlands.

  3. Jenny / Jan 16 2013

    Awesome! Love the photos of the caves ~

  4. Charlotte / Jan 16 2013

    The cave! Every time I go to Caribbean I end up reading on the beach. You (and your family) are so adventurous with the caving.

  5. Sarah / Jan 16 2013

    Oh, my! What gorgeous pictures!

  6. Ginger / Jan 17 2013

    Gorgeous photos!

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