These relics from the past are on display in the City of Knowledge.  They are remnants from the old military bases in Clayton where U.S. soldiers once resided. Now this area has been put to a better use.  It is the home of many international organizations and schools.  

Polleras of Panama

In Panama, handmade polleras are worn during festivals and celebrations. Currently it is the National Costume of Panama.   A The pollera is entirely hand sewn. Each pollera can cost  several thousand dollars and take up to a year to create. The gold and pearl mosquetas and tembleques that are worn with a pollera are generally passed down as heirlooms through generations.

Friendly Conversation

These two Kuna ladies take a break from selling their handcrafts and indulge in a little friendly conversation.

A Beautiful View

As I was walking along the Paseo  Las Bovedas I couldn’t help thinking, “What a beautiful view.” Even though phase 3 of the Cinta Costera blocks some of the view, it is still breathtaking.

Casa Sucre

The other day I was walking around the Casco and decided to enter Casa Sucre Coffeehouse.  It was my first time there and I have to say I really liked the ambiance.  The service was very good.  I had some coffee and some quiche. I will definitely be returning to try some of the sandwiches. […]

La Tribu Performance

La Tribu Performance is a group of young circus artists who have come together from different parts of the globe to create an amazing show.  The pictures below are from a recent performance that took place in Plaza Herrera in Casco Viejo.  

Color Me Beautiful

If you have spent some time walking around Casco Viejo you have probably seen these lovely Panamanian beauties adorning the walls, windows and even the trash cans in this area.  They are the original designs of a very talented Panamanian artist called Rolo de Sedas.  I am a great admirer of his work and hope […]

American Trade Hotel

The American Trade Hotel can be found right dab  in the heart of historical Casco Viejo, across from La Merced Church.   It was built in 1917 and designed by Leonardo Villanueva Meyer.  This neo-classical building housed the American Trade Developing Company, from which it derives its name. I am looking forward to checking out the […]

Color My World with Art

I love walking down the streets of Casco Viejo searching for new “masterpieces” created by local artists on walls and doors of old, abandoned buildings. . These works of art lend color and life to Casco’s already Bohemian atmosphere. This is one of my latest discoveries.

Advertisement Is Important!

If you want to sell a product, you must advertise.  We all know this to be a “truth”. However, no one ever said you had to spend a fortune on advertising a product in order to sell it.  You only need to make sure you message is loud and clear.  I think the person who […]

San Francisco de Asis

San Francisco de Asis  in Casco Viejo is one of the most beautiful churches in Panama City.  It is situated in the heart of the Casco Viejo directly in front of Plaza Bolivar.  It is currently being restored.

Just Hangin’…

As I walked towards Casablanca Restaurant in Casco Viejo, something a little out of the ordinary caught my eye.  There sitting in an open window was this little fella.  He sat there perched in the window, unperturbed as passerbys pointed him out, laughing as they took his picture.  I must confess, I was one of […]

Weekend Flea Market

If you are walking around the Casco Viejo on the weekends you will probably want to check out the flea market in Plaza Catedral.  There you can find a nice selection of handcrafts made by national and international artisans.  

More Metro…

I took another ride on Panama’s new Metro system.  This time I went all the way to the end of the line in Los Andes, which is above ground.  What would normally take an hour or two to travel (depending on traffic) was covered in about 15 minutes. Look below at the street and you […]

Lunar Eclipse

What a spectacular sight to watch this lunar eclipse. The skies over Panama were clear as a bell and I was able to capture this beautiful process with my camera. Awesome!

Relaxing Walk

There is nothing more relaxing than taking a late afternoon stroll, especially if you  have a beautiful place like the  Casco Viejo as your backdrop.

The Colors of Casco Viejo

I love the architecture and the colors of Casco Viejo, even when the buildings are old, dilapidated and the paint is peeling off. There is a character and charm in them that can not be found more modern constructions.

Full Moon

A beautiful full moon lights up the Panamanian skies tonight.

Siesta Time

It seems like every time I go to the park I run across someone stretched out on one of the benches taking a nap.  One of the workers repairing the road in front of the park laid done his shovel, walked over to the closest bench, took his hard hat off, laid down and drifted […]

Street Vendors

Street vendors are a very common sight in Panama.  You can buy fresh fruits and vegetables, candy, soft drinks, food, ice cream, hats, or just about anything your heart desires without ever entering into a building.  If you are driving around in your car, you don’t even have to get out of your car to […]