Paris has the Eiffel Tower. New York has the Brooklyn Bridge. The Statue of Liberty. The Empire State Building. Beijing has the Great Wall. San Francisco has the Golden Gate. And Willemstad… Well, Willemstad has the Swinging Old Lady, Queen Emma!
Not quite a boat. Not quite a bridge. Her 168 meters and 16 pontoons floating over Curaçao's Saint Anna Bay have inspired thousands and thousands of Google images and 50K+ YouTube videos!
Her dreamy opening and closing, connects picturesque-if-psychedelic Punda and Otrobanda for as many as 15,000 woozy pedestrians every day.
Presumably the only permanent wooden pontoon bridge in the world, Queen Emma’s welcoming swings grant international cruise and container ships, sophisticated oil tankers, as well as sail boats and wooden boats permission to enter our awesome natural harbor several times a day.
Witness the spectacle first-hand from one of the many harbor-side cafes and restaurants.
10 Awesome Things about Queen Emma: http://1000awesomethingsaboutcuracao.com/2013/03/14/745-our-swinging-old-lady-queen-emma/