Administration Building

The Panama Canal Administration Building was inaugurated on July 15, 1914,  a month before the Canal itself.  From that moment, this beautiful  legacy from the past has continued to dominate the Balboa area towering majestically from atop its rolling hill.  http://www.czbrats.com/Builders/Admin/admin.htm

When it rains, it pours…

Panama only has two seasons: rainy and dry.  The rainy season begins around the middle of April and extends up until December.  So if you are planning to come to Panama during the rainy months, come prepared with a really good umbrella. When it rains, it pours. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/panama/weather  

A Duet

On my most recent excursion to Casco Antiguo with my family, one of my kids took his ukulele with him in hope that he would be able to accompany Mr. Guantanamera in a duet.  When we approached him with the idea he was more than willing to share a moment of his time. Jorge, you […]

Jorge AKA Mr. Guantanamera

The other day I was walking along  Paseo de Las Bovedas in Casco Antiguo and  Mr. Guantanamera was in his usual place plucking away at his banjo and crooning a tune.  I have been a loyal fan of his since the very first day I heard him many years ago.   I have always  wanted […]

A Shopper’s Paradise

If you love to shop, you will definitely fall in love with Panama.  Panama has it all.  If you want to visit famous designer shops like Chanel, Armani, Carolina Herrera, and Hermes you will find them all under one roof at Multiplaza Mall.  However, if your budget is limited you can find incredible bargains at […]

Welcome to the Jungle!

Several years ago I invited a family member from the States to visit me here in Panama.  His answer, “I don’t want to visit that jungle. What will I do all day, climb trees and play with the monkeys?” both surprised and offended me.  My first reaction was to try to educate him on Panama’s […]

Wildlife in the City

If you are a bird watcher you don’t even have to leave the city to see exotic feathered beauties.  This cute little fellow posed for my camera while I shot his picture from my bedroom window, right dab in the middle of the city.  

Nature’s Abundance

Panama is a country that has been blessed with an abundance of plants and animals. Wherever you go, animals in their natural habitats can be observed. These lovely water fowl were captured on film while on a short jaunt outside the city limits.

Einstein’s Head

This concrete version of Einstein’s head isn’t exactly what you would call a tourist attraction.  However, here in Panama where no one knows the names of the streets, it is used as a point of reference for taxi drivers and pedestrians.  So if you ask someone for directions and they tell you it’s close to […]

El Trapiche

If you want to eat “real” Panamanian food, El Trapiche is the place to go.  It is located on Via Argentina in El Cangrejo and has a varied menu of typical Panamanian dishes at an affordable price. Pictured here is a traditional soup called sancocho, which is served up with white rice.  Delicious! http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g294480-d1212946-Reviews-El_Trapiche-Panama_City_Panama_Province.html

Cool Lunch Option

This delicious salad is just one of the many options to choose from the menu at New York Bagel.  When things heat up in Panama, a salad is always a cool alternative to a hot, steamy lunch. So, if you are walking around El Cangrejo and see a huge concrete head of Albert Einstein, then […]

Accessorize!

The beautiful Panamanian pollera is complemented with incredible accessories.  The head piece is usually made of pearls and the gold jewelry that is added to this attire is simply spectacular. 

La Pollera

This beautiful dress is called La Pollera. It is the national folkloric dress here in Panama.  It is completely made by hand and costs thousands of dollars. It can take six months to a year to make one dress. This dress is complimented by special gold jewelry and a headpieces called tembleques. http://panamaliving.com/polleras.html

Miraflores Locks Visitor Center

Miraflores Locks Visitor Center is a excellent place to visit.  You can watch the boats go by from the observation deck or have a bite to eat at the restaurant and watch the ships transit through the locks as you sip your afternoon coffee. http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g294480-d547531/Panama-City:Panama:Miraflores.Locks.Visitor.Center.html

Bienvenidos/ Welcome

Welcome to the Casco Antiguo.  That is what the sign says. Feel free to walk around and sightsee. There is a lot to see and history galore to soak up.  Break out your camera and snap away.  On every street corner there is something amazing to photograph.

Tourist Police

If you are in the Casco and you need help, go to the Policia de Turismo.  They are centrally located and more than willing to help all those confused or lost. http://eventseeker.com/panama-city/391725-venue-policia-de-turismo 

Tequila’s in Casco Antiguo

When my family and I went to Tequila’s it got mixed reviews.  The food was just OK but nothing to rave about. It is a good place to have a drink,  snack on some nachos,or hang out on the terrace to watch the people go by.   However, if you are hungry and have high […]

Plaza de Francia/ Las Bovedas

Come stroll around this beautiful plaza dedicated to the French Canal effort.  Walk up the steps that lead to Paseo Las Bovedas. Spend the afternoon checking out the local handcrafts on sale there.  There is a marvelous view of the city and the Amador Causeway from the top.  http://cascoviejo.com/plaza-francia/

Panama Hats

A Panama hat is a traditional brimmed straw hat which is actually made in Ecuador,  not Panama. They are light-colored, lightweight, and breathable, which makes them the perfect headgear to wear here as you walk about the city. This little store in the Casco Antiguo specializes in these hats.   http://cascoviejo.com/victor-s-panama-hats/

Panama Canal Museum

The Panama Canal Museum is located in Casco Antiguo right in front of Plaza Catedral, between Calle 5 and Calle 6. It is housed in this beautifully renovated building.  http://cascoviejo.com/canal-museum/