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Berg Altena

Berg Altena, Willemstad, Curaçao
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Colorful Sloping Homes Willemstad  Curaçao

Colorful Sloping Homes

This picturesque row of small single-story multi-colored houses lies in step-configuration along sloping Berg Altena, so as to cheer up visitors to the neighboring Protestant and Jewish cemeteries. The houses are identical in front facade, central door, flanking windows, terracotta roof tiles, street-level doorsteps, yet their distinct individuality is expressed in paint.

When I was a little girl I’d look out the window driving down Berg Altena to Punda or up to Salinja, desperately hoping to find an old lady or a young man popping out of one of these houses. I even looked up ‘Berg Altena 12-28′ in the telephone book to confirm that people actually live in them (they do!)

Can you imagine their mattresses, couches, wall paintings... sloped at 30 degree angles?! I guess they get used to to it... like the rest of us get used to mosquitoes and in-laws :)