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QM2’s Caribbean

Tumbling pastels and shopping fields

The Caribbean is rapidly becoming the exclusive domain of the big cruise vessels. The Island administrations are furiously developing deep water docks to accommodate the increasing number and size of the ships and, of course,  the contiguous shopping precincts with their strings of  jewellry, perfume and liquor boutiques to attract the passengers as they disgorge  from their floating hotels– Spending just a short hour or two before sailing on the next island port. The idyllic vision of  a sleepy, palm strewn,  paradise has long faded. Minor features , such as a twenty foot waterfall or a 1,500 foot peak are touted as if they were the Niagara Falls or Everest!

I avoid the shopping mills like the plague– Content to wander on foot around whatever bits of the old places that are left. Otherwise, I stay on board and enjoy a leisurely view from the the bridge (Or an upper deck, anyway).

Curacao, though, is still worth disembarking for. The pastel tints of the buildings tumbling from the hills to the water’s edge are a painters’ heaven–A postcard subject at every turn! Most of the following views are from Curacao.

Title theme

Tumbling

The old is making way . . . . . .

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Local enterprise

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Construction on-going

Nestled up to the island

Added attraction!

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Even the modern bridge conforms!

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Lost passenger?

Tumbling?

Conch shells still fascinate!

Changing mood

View from the bridge (nearby)

Surviving entrepreneurs

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