The inhabitants of Casco Viejo are as varied as the kaleidoscope of buildings that make up this enchanting sector of Panama City. There is an eclectic mix of cultures, religions, nationalities and ages which is part of the magic that surrounds this area. These are the faces of Casco Viejo.
I can not think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than strolling around Casco Viejo. There is a special magic about this place. It is like being transported back to the past to a time when life was simpler and more laid back.
This past weekend(March 14-20) Panama celebrated its 8th annual Macro Fest. This is an event in which fashion, art and creativity are spotlighted. There are many free workshops, art expositions, concerts and fashion shows to please the public.
Molas are the colorful, multi-layered appliqué handcrafted needle work made by the Guna Indians of Panama. The Guna live in a region called Guna Yala, which means “Guna Land.” This area, also known as the San Blas Archipelago, lies off the eastern coast of Panama. Here, you can appreciate the beautiful colors of these unique creations.
It is “summer” again here in Panama. Summer is the dry season and people here in Panama take advantage of this time of the year to spend more time doing outdoor activities. One of my favorite things to do during the summer is to walk around Casco Viejo and try to capture a little of its beauty and charm with my camera. These were taken near Plaza de Francia at the Paseo de las Bovedas.
In order to welcome the approaching New Year thousands of lanterns were sent up in to the air accompanied with a special wish for 2015. It was quite beautiful watching thousands of lighted lanterns float out over the water as the gentle evening breeze lifted them up into the air and carried them slowly out of view.
November is an important month for Panama. It is the month the whole country celebrates its independence from Spain and Colombia. May this little isthmus always be free from foreign occupancy. May its inhabitants always live free from oppression and dictatorships. May this beautiful flag always fly freely over this little country I call home.
The Panama Canal is expanding its capacity to allow for more than double the traffic it currently serves. To be completed in 2015, the project that includes a third set of locks which are larger and wider than the existing ones, will cost $5.6 billion. This extreme makeover requires the use of explosives. In the photo below you can see how a tug pushes a small barge full of explosives that will be used in this mega project.
This iconic gray lighthouse is familiar to everyone in the area of Gamboa. It was built in 1914 and is roughly 14 meters high (45 ft.) Although it is now inactive, it still greets southbound ships at the entrance of Gaillard Cut (Corte Culebra), a silent gray ghost that whispers of its once glorious past. Hopefully, the government will restore and protect it from vandalism.