The Many Faces of Casco Viejo

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.  

Driving in Style

I recently spotted this beauty as I toured the lovely streets of Casco Viejo.  It was parked in front of the San Francisco de Assis church awaiting  the bride and groom of a wedding that was in progress.  Now, that is what I call driving in style .

Art Deco

One of the things that I enjoy the most when I visit Casco Viejo is the wonderful architecture.  I have always been a huge fan of the Art Deco period.  This building in front of the Plaza Catedral is a perfect example of the bold geometric shapes and unique design so characteristic of this style.

November

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 People of the Canal

It has been calculated that over 30,000 people died during the construction of the Panama Canal.  The work force was plagued by disease, dangerous landslides, unsanitary living conditions, and unfair treatment due to discrimination. Today conditions are totally different and almost 10,000 people are employed in the operation of the Canal. Here are some of […]

Panama Canal Railway

http://www.panarail.com/en/history/ The Panama Canal Railway is a railway line that runs parallel to the Panama Canal. The route stretches 47.6 miles  across the Isthmus of Panama from Colón on the Atlantic side to Balboa  on the Pacific side. It is operated by Panama Canal Railway Company.  The infrastructure of this railroad  was of vital importance for the construction of the Panama Canal. It has been in operation since 1855.

After the Rain

It’s the rainy season again.  This is the time of the year we call “winter”.  Some people find the rain annoying.  I personally enjoy it.  Here you can appreciate the beauty of Plaza Herrera after a hard afternoon rain.

100 Years Old and Still Going Strong

The Panama Canal was inaugurated in 1914.  This important waterway has serviced the world for 100 years.  When you take into account that it was built 100 years ago, you realize what an amazing engineering feat it was for its day.

Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi is available in the different parks and plazas of the Casco Viejo.   A tourist takes advantage of the free connection as he comfortably relaxes in Plaza Bolivar next to a monument erected in the honor of Simón Bolívar, the Venezuelan general known as the “Liberator of Latin America”.

Cooling Off

When the temperature rises there is no better way to beat the heat than to strip down and plunge into some nice, cool water.  It was fun to watch these two lads enjoy their little romp in the bay.  

Cat Nap

A little cat nap under a shady tree is a great way to beat the heat and restore your energy.  This little cat has found a superb location to take his little afternoon siesta, right dab in the middle of Plaza Catedral in Casco Viejo.  

Ruta de Gigantes by Albatros Media

The photographic exposition called “Ruta de Gigantes” (Route of Giants) is on display at La Plaza in the City of Knowledge.  This display is sponsored by Albatros Media and its objective is to stop the killing of these beautiful giant of the sea.  http://www.albatrosmedia.net/site/index.php/ruta-de-gigantes

Panama Great Adventures

If you love adventures, Panama is a great place to visit.  You can river raft, hike, climb mountains, see exotic birds, ski in two oceans, and transit the Panama Canal all in one day.  You can also brave the concrete jungle in search of incredible bargains.  If you are planning a trip to Panama and […]

Relics

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.  

Friendly Conversation

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

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 […]

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!