A Door in Pietermaai

  Cross this threshold to enter a law office.  It’s one of many popping up in the Pietermaai District of Willemstad, Curaçao.  

  

This neighbourhood is in transition. Beautifully restored buildings, like this one, stand side by side with badly neglected derilict structures.  

Small shops, bars, restaurants & boutique hotels have found their home in Pietermaai.  And, so have loads and loads of law offices and financial institutions. 
This one caught my eye.  

It always makes me happy to see grand, old, beautiful buildings restored. Stay tuned for more postings on our visit to Curaçao. 

In the meantime, if you like doors, check out Norm’s Thursday Doors.

Dinnertime in Blue Bay, Curaçao


It’s one of those bucket list things. Dinner on a beach. I’m not talking fish n chips, here (although that can be pretty perfect, too) I’m talking dressing up, fine dining, cocktails, and all with toes in the sand.  So when we discovered that our holiday rental had access to this pretty beach – a beach with three (3!!) restaurants … We couldn’t resist.  We treated ourselves tonight.


It was just an added bonus to practically have the place to ourselves.  This must be a shoulder season, or something.


I opted for fish – red snapper and lobster risotto.  How’s this for presentation?

Looks great, but to be honest it wasn’t the best meal I’ve ever had. Or, for that matter, the best meal I’ve had in this island.  It was fine – I’m not complaining.  But the blackened goat with rice and beans from a food truck was amazing.  (Sadly, no picture … Too busy eating).


I guess my tastes lean to simpler things.  Like last nights supper. Cheese, bread and avacado with a cold beer.  THAT hit the spot after a very hot day spent exploring.

When it comes to venues, however,  tonight’s dinner on the beach is difficult to top.

WPC – Dinnertime

The Future is Now

I don’t know from cars. Not a thing. And I’m not sufficiently interested to educatate myself.
However.

This Tesla is causing a buzz!!


And by all accounts, it’s justified. Imagine carbon-free transportation! No need to imagine any longer.  This is the Model S as presented at the Toronto Car Show in February.

(We attended for something different to do in an evening – and because the venue is connected to our hotel … A mitigating factor in Toronto in February)

Elon Musk unveiled the Model 3 – designed to make Tesla’s more accessible financially – just a week or so ago.

There is even a Tesla Charging Station up the road from us, in rural Nova Scotia.

Looks as though the future is here.

WPC – Future

Weathered Door

An uncharacteristically warm early Spring day calls us outside like nothing else.  On this day I met with a friend for a nice long walk in Feltzen South – a charming hamlet in Lunenburg Bay.

When I stopped to take this photo, my friend commented, “I wonder if that door will even open anymore?” We didn’t try to find out.  I suspect that if we had, we’d have had a bit of trouble getting it to close again.  And in a weathered building like this, it might be best to keep the stories inside.

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I’m a huge fan of board and batten siding.

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This is linked with Norm’s Thursday Doors….

A Bird’s Eye View – Landscape

Early, early, early one morning last May, while on holiday in San Migel de Allende, Mexico, we treated ourselves to a hot air balloon ride.  And me, with a fear of heights! But I didn’t think of that – not once all morning.  It was such a fun (and…ummm….uplifting?) experience.

  
Morning mists over the mountains.

  
The sun rise made for some long shadows.

  
We were not alone.

  
The lovely, historic, UNESCO World Heritage city of San Miguel de Allende nestled into the mountains.  The cathedral, the Parroguia de San Miguel Arcangel takes centre stage.  Can you find it?

“To the complaint, ‘There are no people in these photographs,’ I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.”  ― Ansel Adams

WPC – Landscape