Full Moon

A beautiful full moon lights up the Panamanian skies tonight.

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.

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 […]

The New Metro

President Ricardo Martinelli inaugurated the new metro system on April 5th.  This is definitely one of his biggest and most eagerly awaited projects.  I think it definitely lives up to most people’s expectations.  It is beautifully designed, well-organized and fast.  Hopefully, it will alleviate some of the traffic jams so common today in the city.

It’s Carnival Time!

Most of Panama is riotously celebrating the much awaited carnival season.  Music, laughter, dancing, eating and drinking fill the agendas of most Panamanians and visiting tourists.  However, there are always those who take advantage of the peace and quiet that can be found in the more tranquil parts of the city that are on the […]

Mega Construction Site

The Gatun Locks in Colon are undergoing a major expansion to allow larger ship to transit through the Panama Canal. A new set of locks are being built next to the existing ones.  It is amazing to be able to observe this Mega Construction as it is being built.  http://www.salini-impregilo.com/en/projects/in-progress/dams-hydroelectric-plants-hydraulic-works/extension-of-the-panama-canal-third-set-of-locks.html  

San Lorenzo

The fort of San Lorenzo in the province of Colon was built in the late 16th century by the Spanish.  It is located at the northwestern entrance to the Panama Canal. If you are a history buff this is definitely a place you should put on your “to do” list while you are visiting Panama. […]

Lazy Summer Days

It’s summer here in Panama.  I know that’s hard for those who live up North to believe.  While most people in cold climates are bundled up in wool coats and thermal underwear, we are strolling around in our shorts and t-shirts searching for a bit of shade to shield us from the glaring sun.  I […]

Man’s Best Friend

I was walking around the Casco and saw this cute little guy standing very obediently outside the door of a local hotel.  His owner  told him to wait for him, dropped the dog’s leash and  then went inside. I stood and watched him for a few minutes and he never once budged from his spot. […]

Flea Market Fun

I love browsing antique shops and flea markets.  Today I visited one in San Francisco on Calle 70.  I was told that this would be the first of many that will be sponsored throughout the summer.  I didn’t buy anything but I had fun.  Quite a few people showed up even though most of the […]

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.

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 […]