Queen Juliana Bridge

To get to our hotel, we had to cross the St. Anna Bay in Willemstad, which meant driving over the Queen Juliana Bridge…

When I saw the massive structure in the distance, my heart immediately began to race!

From a perfectly aligned view, it looks like the middle of the bridge just ends half way over the water (seriously, check out that cover photo – looks like the end of the bridge goes dooooown)!

[Now, I’ve got the chorus from Don’t Look Down by Martin Garrix playing in my head]

I’m not kidding you when I say that I have legit nightmares about bridges like this; where I’m driving and all of a sudden, the road just ends. Or worse, the bridge starts to incline so steeply that my car flips over backwards like a loop on a roller coaster!

I’m pretty sure I held my breath the entire way over.

It took a few wrong turns after the bridge, but we finally made our way to the hotel.(Thankfully, after going over the Queen Juliana Bridge a few more times, it wasn’t scary anymore.)

Interesting fact: The original bridge collapsed in 1967 and re-opened 7 years later, after being replaced.Curacao Otrabanda-_122917On one side of the bridge, you have the post card view with colorful buildings lining the river.
Otrabanda Curacao-DSC03669On the other side of the bridge, you have smoke stacks and tanks from the local oil refinery..Queen Juliana Bridge-Curacao-DSC04876Queen Juliana Bridge at night: Queen Juliana Bridge-Curacao-181827aQueen Juliana Bridge-Curacao-DSC04497

The Ritz Village

Now before I go any further, I have to say that I take full responsibility for my first impression of our hotel, the Ritz Village.

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