We had quite a slow morning which got quite exciting very suddenly. Our host has a cat and a dog, both of whom think they should visit us whenever our door is open (or window in case of the cat). So this morning the door is open to let in the breeze and the cat comes in with a blue lizard in her mouth! So we grabbed the cat and she dropped the lizard, which was still alive. It runs under a chair to hide. We were trying to keep the cat out while also trying to catch the lizard. Lizards are very quick!! So Don threw a towel over it, so he could scoop it up without it getting away. Then he placed it over the wall in the neighbour's yard, in hopes it will get away before the cat has a chance to catch it again. Needless to say, no pictures were taken during all this!
After that bit of excitement, we set off in the car to check out "Punda" and "Otrobanda", which are the two oldest areas of Willemstad on opposite sides of the harbour. We found a parking spot and after figuring out the parking payment system, started exploring. First off was the Round Market - a round building with a covered market all the way around it. Quite a variety of stuff for sale, but there were two cruise ships in port so that is not a good day to shop - prices tend to go up when the cruise ships are around!
We also walked the narrow streets and had lunch at an open air restaurant, called "Plein Restaurant". Most of the colourful dresses I have seen for sale here are polyester or rayon, neither one of which I will buy. So I guess my wardrobe is not going to expand while I'm here. Our parking time was running out, so we went back to the car after buying fruit at the "floating market". It is called this because boats from Venezuela come with fruit and vegetables on board. They dock and unload their wares into a booth right on the dock. So although we were on solid ground, we could see the boats floating behind the booths.
We drove around some of the streets, stopping a few times to take pictures of the lovely old colourful houses. They are truly remarkable. So after exploring some more and stopping for a few more groceries, we made it back home to have supper and relax. I'm actually sitting outside on the patio while writing this, with a lovely breeze keeping the mosquitoes away. A very nice night!