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

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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 the people that make the transit through the Canal possible.

Panama Canal Railway

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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.