We set off this morning to check out some art galleries and museums. We drove downtown and immediately got caught in a torrential rainstorm. So we sheltered under a canopy and watched a couple of local men play dominoes, with a great deal more style and flair than I've seen before.
After the rain let up, we visited the Rif Fort, which has shops mostly aimed at the people off the cruise ships, but is inside the old fort walls. The fort museum was not open so after a look around we left.
We wanted to cross the harbour to the other side, from Otrobanda to Punda. So we started across the floating pontoon bridge. It used to be the only traffic bridge across, but once the new bridge was built they turned it into a pedestrian only bridge. We were almost across when the bell rang and the bridge started moving. So we stayed aboard while the bridge moved part of the way open to let a little boat thru the opening and then it closed up again. Then we could finish our walk across the bridge!
One of the places we visited was a little art display for a "Plein Air" festival which is going on here now. The signs said Please don't touch, the paint is still wet! The pieces had all been produced in the last few days by the participants of the festival.
After buying some fruit at the floating market we headed back to the car. It was time for some lunch, so after some driving around having difficulty reading the map and lamenting the lack of street signs, we finally found our way to Piscadera Bay and The Pirate Bay restaurant. It was very pleasant sitting under the thatched roof enjoying our lunch.
We then visited the Curacao Museum, which is a large old building that was a military hospital originally. It has some rooms with art from Curacao and Dutch artists and some that are decorated with historic furnishings. I liked the historic furnishings better than the art, particularly the kitchen that was painted with white polka dots, supposedly to confuse the flies!
We found our way over to the Landhuis Habaai, which is a former plantation house that now houses an art gallery, Gallery Alma Blou, and giftshop. It had a lot of very nice pieces of art, but not only was there no room in the suitcases, there was not enough money in the wallet!! The giftshop was more affordable with some very nice local handmade items.
On our way home we stopped at an art supply store, so Rob could buy some watercolours, which was, as always, a fun place for me to visit. And after another stop at the supermarket, we finally made it home to have supper and relax.