Fort Zoutman and King Willem III Tower
Thursday - day 6
This was the first morning of our honeymoon where nothing was planned and we made a lazy start to the day. We finally decided on taking a submarine tour and booked that before taking a taxi to downtown Oranjestad to visit the Fort Zoutman museum.
Fort Zoutman was built in 1798 and is Aruba's oldest building. The attached Willem III Tower was built in 1868 and first lit on King Willem III's birthday. The tower served as both a lighthouse and public clock tower until the light was extinguished in 1963.
Today, Fort Zoutman houses a modest museum with a collection mostly made from donations from the citizens of Aruba. The exhibits depict the history and development of Aruba and take perhaps 25 minutes to tour and appreciate.
With a couple more free hours, we did a little window shopping and had lunch at Eetcafe the Paddock. The Paddock restaurant is along the downtown pier and we selected a shaded table near the water. The service was extremely slow and poor. I would be unlikely to go there again.
LS-11/10 copyright 2010-2013 by Keith Stokes.