When we were trying to pick out where to honeymoon it was a HARD choice, but eventually we decided we wanted somewhere relaxing, warm and with a European feel! Curaçao has been on our list for quite some time so the choice was obvious!
After about 6 hours of flying we arrived at our destination, where we would enjoy our new married life for 9 days in paradise! The air was warm, a little humid and the skies were blue. We grabbed a taxi and took off towards our hotel (Avila Hotel - which we highly recommend!!) Seeing the city of Willemstad for the first time, I will never forget. The beautiful and colorful buildings that are along the water are something I'd been waiting to see for a long time!
Once we arrived, we quickly made our hotel our home by popping some (complimentary) bubbly and checking out everything our hotel had to offer! We watched our first sunset on the beach and marveled at how blue the water was, with all the little crabs playing around, and knew we'd love our stay in Curaçao! And that we did - we rented a car and saw the west side of the island, visited 5 different beaches, swam with our first turtle and got sunburned from apparent lack of sunscreen application. We saw stray chickens and (adorable) wild cats, crazy birds and tons of lizards, we snorkeled (or snorked as we came to call it!) whenever we could and saw tons and tons of amazing fish and ocean life! We collected glass from the beach and coral from the ocean.
We walked to Willemstad no less than 5 times and did some shopping, went to the open food market and bought a fresh papaya which tasted like sweet honey (it was my first one!) and we laid on the sand and enjoyed our time together. Curaçao will always hold a special place in our hearts, and it's no wonder why! Please enjoy these pictures from our trip - there will be 1 more post at a later date about Curaçao, about when we went to Klein Curaçao for a day trip!
WILLEMSTAD AT NIGHT
There were quite a few abandoned mansions here…I would LOVE to know the story behind them. All I could think was just imagine how beautiful they used to be, if they still look beautiful as is!
UNDER THE SEA!
SUNSETS & SUNRISES
Most of these images are left unedited or just barely edited…the sunsets there were always gorgeous and the clouds always added good dimension to the images! I still don't feel like these pictures do it justice, but here they are!
Of course I had to end the blog with some (really awfully taken) pictures of our food at my favorite restaurant there! Rozendaels Restaurant had the most amazing dish called Keshi Yena - a Dutch specialty. It's the one on the left, and to me it tastes like pulled chicken with raisins (seriously - never would have considered that combo) covered in some sort of delicious cheese! Wash it down with a nice Polar Beer and it's the perfect meal! Oh man, I dream about this dish and wish I could make it myself!
Well, that's it for now! If you want to know more about our trip or purchase any of these images, please contact me here! - Abby