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Old September 28th, 2009, 11:01 AM   #1
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[CW] Curaçao

The Netherlands Antilles consist out of 5 islands in the Caribbean which belong to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This country is more or less independent: They do not belong to the Netherlands, but the Dutch Queen is officially in charge, and defence and foreign affairs is being led from the Netherlands. The Kingdom had one more country and that is Aruba.

I have been to the island Curaçao. The other islands are Bonaire, Saba, St.Esutatius and Sint Maartan, which is devided in a Dutch and French part.

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On Curaçao I have (of course...) been to the beach, but I have also rented a car for trips on the island.
For us, Dutch, the interesting about drivng there is that traffic signs and traffic lights are Dutch. Also the lines and arrows on the road are Dutch. And some streets look like ordinary Dutch streets. The official language there are Dutch and Papiamento, but Spanish and English are widely spoken

Pictures:

Touristic sign


Roadsign which (indirectly) points to the Ring of Willemstad (capital of Curaçao). Curaçao has no roadnumbers (and no highways), but only one ringroad.


The Queen Wilhelminabridge which, including the pavement and traffic light, look tipically Dutch.


The Breedestraat in Willemstad (mainstreet)


The Queen Julianabridge is part of the ring and 55 metres high (for cargoships). It connects the parts Punda (old city centre) with Otrabanda)


The ring from a distance


No parking (court and DA)



Pedestrain zones



The Scharlooweg


Customs



Some traffic signs






Very old sign. Also: a car with Dutch plates


A car with Sint Maarten-plates


And of course: A Curaçao plate


Busstop. Only the Dutch word "Bushalte" is showed here. At busstops there is no information about buslines and departueretimes


The Rotterdamweg



Some roadsigns on the island. The layout is Dutch. However, we use blue signs, and here green signs are used. the font and arrow are the same as in the Netherlands.









Dutch trafficlights




Very old signage, unreadable.


Even older: A roadsign to Saliña, but unreadable


A plate with some signs which are used at roadworks. Minds the no-overtakingsign (expecially the position of the red and black car )


"Inhalen Verboden" (no overtaking)


The ANWB, the Dutch organization reponsible for the most of the Dutch signs, has placed signs on Curaçao in the time that Curaçao still was a Dutch colony. Such signs can also be found on some spots in the Netherlands, but Curaçao as quite a lot of them. Unfortunately not all in a very good shape.








Some random roadpictures.


















"Watch out. Speed humps"


McDonald's is everywhere


A part of the ring close to and on the Queen Julianabridge (Koningin Julianabrug)











Roundabout wich American schoolbus. All schoolbusses I have seen are American, but the exist in all colors.


Wilhelminaplein (plein=square)


And finally very rare: A bicyclelane
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Thanks for the photos! But what a dreadful place. I would feel like a prisoner if I had to live there.

Dutch traffic lights look all out of place
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Thanks for the pics indeed Very nice. But they need to buy some new Dutch signs :P
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Very interesting, indeed! Thanks for sharing.
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But what a dreadful place. I would feel like a prisoner if I had to live there.
Are you sure? This is also Curaçao:







And especially for the Dutch people
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nice photos
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Are you sure? This is also Curaçao:
There's nothing on those photos you can't get on the mainland where you aren't trapped on a tiny island
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Yes there is: sunny, warm weather all year long

Nice report! It's indeed quite interesting to see the Dutch sings, especially those with the green background. I'd love to visit the Albert Heijn on Curacao some time
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Yes there is: sunny, warm weather all year long
I didn't say "Dutch mainland" - obviously that doesn't compare well
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Beautiful photos and cool island! Feels kind of Dutch indeed.

Is there any motorway on the island? Is that a motorway?
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The ring from a distance
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No, there are no motorways (or highways) on the island. Even all crossings are with trafficlights or roundabouts. There are only 2 or 3 fly-overs/dive-unders, like this interesting point on that ring (driving from the Arubastraat to the Julianabridge is fun )

BTW'The island was not cool, but very warm
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They have an Albert Heijn? Cool!
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Warm!
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When it's warm outside, it feels cool inside an Albert Heijn (year round same temperature). xlchris is somehow right
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The Netherlands Antilles consist out of 5 islands in the Caribbean which belong to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This country is more or less independent: They do not belong to the Netherlands, but the Dutch Queen is officially in charge, and defence and foreign affairs is being led from the Netherlands. The Kingdom had one more country and that is Aruba.

I have been to the island Curaçao. The other islands are Bonaire, Saba, St.Esutatius and Sint Maartan, which is devided in a Dutch and French part.

Map:
http://www.travelblog.org/Maps/map-o...ntilles-nt.gif



On Curaçao I have (of course...) been to the beach, but I have also rented a car for trips on the island.
For us, Dutch, the interesting about drivng there is that traffic signs and traffic lights are Dutch. Also the lines and arrows on the road are Dutch. And some streets look like ordinary Dutch streets. The official language there are Dutch and Papiamento, but Spanish and English are widely spoken

Pictures:

Touristic sign
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-0270.JPG

Roadsign which (indirectly) points to the Ring of Willemstad (capital of Curaçao). Curaçao has no roadnumbers (and no highways), but only one ringroad.
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-0660.JPG

The Queen Wilhelminabridge which, including the pavement and traffic light, look tipically Dutch.
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-0700.JPG

The Breedestraat in Willemstad (mainstreet)
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-0770.JPG

The Queen Julianabridge is part of the ring and 55 metres high (for cargoships). It connects the parts Punda (old city centre) with Otrabanda)
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-0840.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-5490.JPG
The ring from a distance
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-5560.JPG

No parking (court and DA)
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-0875.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-0880.JPG

Pedestrain zones
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-0900.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-1510.JPG

The Scharlooweg
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-0990.JPG

Customs
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-1560.JPG


Some traffic signs
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-1760.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-3540.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-3560.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-3800.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-4170.JPG

Very old sign. Also: a car with Dutch plates
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-4180.JPG

A car with Sint Maarten-plates
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-4370.JPG

And of course: A Curaçao plate
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-5630.JPG

Busstop. Only the Dutch word "Bushalte" is showed here. At busstops there is no information about buslines and departueretimes
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-1980.JPG

The Rotterdamweg
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-2020.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-4630.JPG

Some roadsigns on the island. The layout is Dutch. However, we use blue signs, and here green signs are used. the font and arrow are the same as in the Netherlands.
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-2030.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-2070.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-2110.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-2160.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-2300.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-3410.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-3530.JPG


Dutch trafficlights
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-2040.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-2050.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-2100.JPG

Very old signage, unreadable.
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-2060.JPG

Even older: A roadsign to Saliña, but unreadable
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-4440.JPG

A plate with some signs which are used at roadworks. Minds the no-overtakingsign (expecially the position of the red and black car )
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-2170.JPG

"Inhalen Verboden" (no overtaking)
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-2090.JPG

The ANWB, the Dutch organization reponsible for the most of the Dutch signs, has placed signs on Curaçao in the time that Curaçao still was a Dutch colony. Such signs can also be found on some spots in the Netherlands, but Curaçao as quite a lot of them. Unfortunately not all in a very good shape.
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-2080.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-2120.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-2180.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-3420.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-4450.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-5470.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-7060.JPG

Some random roadpictures.
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-2130.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-2140.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-2150.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-2250.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-2270.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-2280.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-2290.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-3250.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-3260.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-3270.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-3400.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-3430.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-3440.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-3450.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-3520.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-7000.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-7010.JPG

"Watch out. Speed humps"
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-4620.JPG

McDonald's is everywhere
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-3620.JPG

A part of the ring close to and on the Queen Julianabridge (Koningin Julianabrug)
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-3630.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-3640.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-3650.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-3660.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-3670.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-3680.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-3690.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-3700.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-3710.JPG
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-3720.JPG

Roundabout wich American schoolbus. All schoolbusses I have seen are American, but the exist in all colors.
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-4040.JPG

Wilhelminaplein (plein=square)
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-4270.JPG

And finally very rare: A bicyclelane
http://www.xs4all.nl/%7Eegavic/ASN/CUR/6/S_Cur-5450.JPG
I would love to see these pictures. Can you put them back up?

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I would love to see these pictures. Can you put them back up?
Better?

(Not all of them were in my local map, but it's a start...)
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Brilliant, thank you very much! You can definitely recognize the Dutch influence, also some warning signs are very different. I believe all of them are Dutch design in Suriname? And some of the directional signs... Are they not pretty much the same as the ones in Holland during WW2?
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I think this thread's title needs to be updated. Curacao is no longer part of the Dutch Antilles - which were extinct in late 2010.
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I think this thread's title needs to be updated. Curacao is no longer part of the Dutch Antilles - which were extinct in late 2010.
It's probably the first entity that ceased to exist in the SSC era.
Now it's like having threads like "Deutsche Demokratische Republik autobahnnen", "Jugoslavija autoceste/avtoceste/autoput" or "Ceskoslovensko dialnice".

Seriously, this thread can be renamed "Dutch oversea territories" to avoid having a separate thread for every small island.
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Seriously, this thread can be renamed "Dutch oversea territories" to avoid having a separate thread for every small island.
That might be confusing. While Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius are part of the Netherlands as communes, Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten are actually countries in their own right. I should imagine they might be offended by the title "Dutch overseas territories."

Alternatively, we could rename the Dutch thread to "Kingdom of the Netherlands" - that actually includes everything.
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