09 April 2021 | 09 22.025'N:79 56.642'W, Shelter Bay Marina, Cristobel, Panama
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05 April 2021 | 10 24.394'N:75 32.692'W, Club de Pesca, Cartegena, Colombia
05 April 2021 | 10 24.394'N:75 32.692'W, Club de Pesca, Cartegena, Colombia
04 April 2021 | 10 24.394'N:75 32.692'W, Club de Pesca, Cartegena, Colombia
15 March 2021 | 10 24.394'N:75 32.692'W, Club de Pesca, Cartegena, Colombia
14 March 2021 | 10 24.394'N:75 32.692'W, Club de Pesca, Cartegena, Colombia
14 March 2021 | 10 24.394'N:75 32.692'W, Club de Pesca, Cartegena, Colombia
12 March 2021 | 10 24.394'N:75 32.692'W, Club de Pesca, Cartegena, Colombia
11 March 2021 | 10 24.394'N:75 32.692'W, Club de Pesca, Cartegena, Colombia
11 March 2021 | 10 24.394'N:75 32.692'W, Club de Pesca, Cartegena, Colombia
11 March 2021 | 10 24.394'N:75 32.692'W, Club de Pesca, Cartegena, Colombia
08 March 2021 | 10 24.394'N:75 32.692'W, Club de Pesca, Cartegena, Colombia
07 March 2021 | 10 24.394'N:75 32.692'W, Club de Pesca, Cartegena, Colombia
07 March 2021 | 10 24.394'N:75 32.692'W, Club de Pesca, Cartegena, Colombia
05 March 2021 | 10 24.394'N:75 32.692'W, Club de Pesca, Cartegena, Colombia
05 March 2021 | 10 24.394'N:75 32.692'W, Club de Pesca, Cartegena, Colombia
03 March 2021 | 10 24.394'N:75 32.692'W, Club de Pesca, Cartegena, Colombia
02 March 2021 | 10 24.394'N:75 32.692'W, Club de Pesca, Cartegena, Colombia

Another Second attempt - Curacao Liqueur distillery

20 February 2021 | 12 03.520'N:68 51.216'W, Spaanse Harbour, Curacao
NC
19th February

12 03.520 N
68 51.216 W

Weather; sunny, wind n/a, waves n/a

Friday morning and we decided to have the other half of yesterday's lunch sandwich for this morning's breakfast. We had a brief discussion about the laundry and when it needed to be done, both in agreement that leaving it until Saturday was courting disaster as if it wasn't ready by close of business on Saturday we would have to wait until Monday to retrieve it and as we plan to sail off on Sunday it was a risk that we didn't want to take. With that in mind we gathered everything that we thought could do with a tub and set off in the car to drop the load at the launderette, which as it happened was busy as all hell but they promised we would have it by close of business today. With that out of the way and the whole day ahead to suit ourselves, much to Gerry's dismay I suggested that we go and do some of the grocery shopping today, I just didn't want to leave that until Saturday morning which we knew was going to be busy enough with the running around to check out. Off we went
to the grocery store. Of course we didn't need much but we still managed to fill a couple of bags, mostly with perishable stuff so it really needed to be taken back to the boat and stashed in the fridge etc. Again it wasn't the plan but in the end it was just as well that we did it. Neither of us needed or wanted any lunch, still full from our left over breakfast so we waited for a while on the boat checking out stuff on the internet whilst we still have it available. I found that there is indeed a Cost U less supermarket here in Curacao, we had thought there was but hadn't discovered where it was until now, this demanded a visit in case they had stuff that we knew we would have difficulty finding as we move forward. Back in the car and with Google maps taking us down rabbit warrens it thinks are roads and we eventually arrived at the hallowed ground of Cost U Less and went inside. It wasn't quite to the same standard as the one in St Thomas but it had a whole heap of American and Dutch grocery stuff that we hadn't seen anywhere else. We oohed and ahhed our way around and added as few things as possible to the trolley - you know just the essentials! I wish we had found this earlier but we have managed OK so far so I guess it really didn't matter too much. With the last (?!) of the groceries done we plugged our next destination into google maps and set off to the Curacao liqueur distillery - as we were doing second attempt stuff we thought we would return there in time to actually do the tour! We arrived with 20 minutes to spare before the last tour of the day began at 3pm and paid our entry fee, we had just enough time to sit in their cafeĀŽ and have a cup of coffee. The tour guide gathered the 7 of us up that were doing the last tour of the day and off we went. It was an interesting history lesson about the origin of the liqueur making business and we got to see the important bits but a bit like KFC there is a secret recipe which no one is told. The original still from around 122 years ago is apparently still in use though I'm sure that to be commercial there are more modern stills hidden from the public eye. At the end of the tour we got to try samples of the blue liqueur they are famous for along with a chocolate liqueur and their newest product a tamarin liqueur, all were very nice. We then had our choice of a "free" cocktail as part of the tour cost and although it was a little early for cocktail hour we didn't complain. The compulsory shop was our last stop in case we wanted to buy any of the product, who wouldn't as we got a 10% discount on our purchase. So that was our second successful "return for a second try" visit in 2 days! We had made a plan to get a take away Thai dinner tonight and ordered it ready for collecting at 5pm which gave us half an hour to kill until we could pick it up, just enough time for us to get to the launderette and collect our washing before we need to pick up our dinner. With the laundry stashed in the car we plugged the directions to the Thai takeaway into the maps and began to follow the directions, again we were going down rabbit warrens and the map didn't seem to be keeping up with the position of the car. We ended up going around the block twice before I spotted a small sign on the gate of a house which said it was the Thai Takeaway, it didn't inspire much hope but we waited until the 5 minutes to 5pm were up and Gerry went across to the gate and vanished inside. He returned a short while later with a carry bag in hand and a big grin, we did have the right place and it looked to be a business that was operating out of a private house. The smell of food was mouthwateringly unbearable as we drove back to the dock, loaded the dinghy with our grocery purchases, laundry and the Thai dinner. Back on the boat we didn't bother to stash the groceries or laundry before dishing up the food and gorging ourselves, it was a huge success of a meal, pity it took us until now to find this place! All in all it was a good day and we got to tick off another thing that we thought we were going to have to miss out on seeing. We still have one more day to do whatever else we want after checking out, time to decided what our last place to visit will be.
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Vessel Name: Opal of Queensland
Vessel Make/Model: Tayana 52AC
Hailing Port: Bundaberg
Crew: Nicky, Gerry and Priss
About: Motley mostly, especially the cat
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Who: Nicky, Gerry and Priss
Port: Bundaberg