Diablicos Sucios

Diablicos sucios are part of Panama’s folklore.  They represent the fight between good and evil in the traditional Panamanian dances. This particular diablico can be found adorning the outside of a local restaurant in Casco Viejo that goes by the same name.  Click on the links below if you would like to read more about […]

Summer Stroll

Summer has come with a vengeance and days are hot and sunny.  A great way to spend the day is strolling through the Casco Viejo.  Take in the light hearted, bohemian ambiance, visit a couple of museums, stop off at one of the restaurants for a cool drink or a bit to eat. Don’t forget […]

Sunday: A Time for Family

I grew up in the Deep South and there I was taught that Sundays are to be set aside to spend time with the family. I am glad to see that many people still consider family time a priority.  Take time out from the hustle and bustle of city life to relax and chat with […]

No Wi-Fi

I was strolling around the Casco Viejo the other day when I ran across this sign in a local restaurant.  I love technology and like most people in this modern world, I rely on my internet connection for many things.  However, there are moments, when we need to disconnect and spend more time talking to […]

Welcome 2014!

The citizens of this tiny isthmus are experts at having a good time.  They are true party lovers and they  know how to celebrate.  If you have never spent a New Year’s Eve here in the city then prepare yourself for the commotion that ringing in 2014 will cause. If you love fireworks, you will […]

Here Comes the Sun…

Summer is here and the sun is shining in all its glory.  City dwellers flock to the beach on the weekends to wind down and eliminate the stress of living  amid the noise, rush and incessant  traffic jams so common here in this tropical paradise.  If you have never been to the beach here in […]

The Joy of Christmas

The Joy of Christmas is most easily seen on  children’s faces as they contemplate the twinkling lights, the brightly wrapped presents under the tree, and participate in holiday festivities.  Hopefully, we all can reconnect with our inner child this Christmas and once again see through innocent eyes the beauty of the holiday season. 

Christmas in the Park

Parque Omar is bedecked in Christmas lights for the holiday season.  Christmas carols float through the air as children of all ages enjoy the Christmas spirit.  If you are looking for a nice way to spend the evening, visit Parque Omar for a family night out.

Las Clementinas

Las Clementinas is a beautiful, upscale cafe in Casco Viejo.  It is elegantly furnished and offers a wide variety of national and international dishes.  The food is wonderful and the service is top notch and personal.  You can choose to dine inside with all the comforts of climate control or you may dine out on […]

A Close Up

Here is a close up of the beautiful crystal ornaments that adorn the Multiplaza Swarovski Christmas Tree.

O Christmas Tree!

While walking around Multiplaza Mall looking for some Christmas gifts, I was some amazing Christmas trees.  My favorite is the Swarovski tree. Awesome!  http://youtu.be/tbQaFINAaKc

Penguins in Panama?

It seems that some special visitors have arrived from Antarctica.  These little guys really need to trade their winter attire for some shades, Panama hats and sunscreen.  Welcome to Christmas in the tropics!

November Is Gone…

The month of November is gone and with it all the patriotic celebrations Panamanians are so famous for.  December is here and the tricolor banners have been traded for Christmas garlands. The streets and malls are bedecked in holiday greenery, tinsel, and glittering lights.  The message is loud and clear: Santa Claus is coming to […]

Jane Goodall Goes Wild in Panama!

Jane Goodall, considered to be the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, hosted an intimate conversation with students in Panama.  The famous primatologist answered questions about the conservation of flora and fauna, sharing her wealth of experience with her young audience.  https://www.facebook.com/ConcursoGoWildPanama

Toucan Sam is back!

Today I had another surprise visit from my friend Toucan Sam.  Its nice to know he likes the neighborhood.  We are proud to have such an illustrious resident here in Bella Vista.

November: A Month of Celebration!

Panamanians are happy people who enjoy life.  This joy for life and love for celebration can be witnessed in the verve and zest with which they celebrate their patriotism in the month of November.  Check out the link below to see what days are celebrated and why.  I leave you with a couple of photos […]

November 5th: Colón Day

November 5th is the day Panama celebrates the valor and courage the people of the province of Colón showed in the fight to separate from Colombia.  I pay tribute to this province with these pictures of the traditional Congo dance and the attire used by the residents of Colon. 

Toucan Sam

I spent a large part of my morning trying to capture a photo of this allusive toucan.  He kept flying from tree to tree, hiding out among the branches.  Finally, around noon, I spotted him in a palm tree across the street from my apartment.  It was a long shot and the photos are a […]

Flag Day

November 4th is the day we celebrate the Panamanian Flag as the symbol of this lovely paradise. This beautiful flag flies majestically from Ancon Hill, declaring Panama’s independence and sovereignty. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancon_Hill

Panama Celebrates!!!

On November 3, 1903, Panama separated from Colombia and became an independent country.  Today the country puts on its best traditional attire and takes to the street to commemorate this historic event.  Viva Panama!!!!