Rainy Days

Now that the rainy season has begun this is a common scene in Panama.  Many people dislike this time of the year because of the abundant rains.  However, one of the reasons that Panama has such a profusion of plants and wildlife is due to these daily downpours.   The afternoon showers sometimes come out […]

A Four Legged Resident of Casco Antiguo

On one of my recent visits  to Casco Antiguo I was greeted by this cute little pooch, who stuck his head through the wrought iron railings and peered down at me as I walked by. He seemed to want to come down to the street and have some fun.  Well, friends, whether you have four […]

A Fixer Upper

Like the Phoenix that rises from the ashes, these treasures in Casco Antiguo rise up from their ruin and are given a new life through renovation. We can not let these beauties die and get lost in a skyline made of metal and glass. Let’s conserve our history and culture. Progress is good but it […]

Casablanca Antiques

If you are a collector of antiques or just enjoy browsing around quaint little shops, Casablanca Antiques is worth a visit.  It is located in Bella Vista and has several rooms filled with antiques and collectibles. http://panamacity.angloinfo.com/classifieds/viewfeatured/48270/antique-furniture-and-art-casablanca-antiques-and-designs/

When it rains, it pours…

Panama only has two seasons: rainy and dry.  The rainy season begins around the middle of April and extends up until December.  So if you are planning to come to Panama during the rainy months, come prepared with a really good umbrella. When it rains, it pours. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/panama/weather  

A Shopper’s Paradise

If you love to shop, you will definitely fall in love with Panama.  Panama has it all.  If you want to visit famous designer shops like Chanel, Armani, Carolina Herrera, and Hermes you will find them all under one roof at Multiplaza Mall.  However, if your budget is limited you can find incredible bargains at […]

Welcome to the Jungle!

Several years ago I invited a family member from the States to visit me here in Panama.  His answer, “I don’t want to visit that jungle. What will I do all day, climb trees and play with the monkeys?” both surprised and offended me.  My first reaction was to try to educate him on Panama’s […]

Einstein’s Head

This concrete version of Einstein’s head isn’t exactly what you would call a tourist attraction.  However, here in Panama where no one knows the names of the streets, it is used as a point of reference for taxi drivers and pedestrians.  So if you ask someone for directions and they tell you it’s close to […]

Tourist Police

If you are in the Casco and you need help, go to the Policia de Turismo.  They are centrally located and more than willing to help all those confused or lost. http://eventseeker.com/panama-city/391725-venue-policia-de-turismo 

Panama Hats

A Panama hat is a traditional brimmed straw hat which is actually made in Ecuador,  not Panama. They are light-colored, lightweight, and breathable, which makes them the perfect headgear to wear here as you walk about the city. This little store in the Casco Antiguo specializes in these hats.   http://cascoviejo.com/victor-s-panama-hats/

Paseo Las Bovedas

If you are in the Casco Antiguo be sure to talk a stroll along the Paseo Las Bovedas.  Enjoy the cool breeze of the ocean, the profusion of flowers, and the the workmanship of local and foreign artists.  http://www.seeit360.com/360-virtual-tours/paseo-de-las-bovedas-casco-antiguo-panama

Too Much Traffic

One of the biggest problems Panama has is the traffic.  As the city grows and expands out in every direction, the traffic only gets worse.  The government is trying to alleviate the problem by building a new subway system.  The construction of this new subway has only aggravated an already serious problem.  Many streets are […]

Color Laden Balconies

Colorful flowers accentuate the beauty and the quaintness of the Casco Antiguo’s delicate architecture.http://www.cascoviejo.org/content/cnPanels.php?cid=10

The Causeway

Another great place to visit is the Causeway.  You can take a leisurely walk, jog, skate or ride your bike down this man made thoroughfare that connects several little islands.  If you aren’t into exercising than you can visit one of the many restaurants or nightclubs that are located there.  One of my favorites is […]

La Cinta Costera

The Cinta Costera is a recreational area right dab in the center of the city.  It is located on Avenida Balboa and is visited by thousands of people each day. Some go to skate, others to ride bikes, and some go to sit leisurely and unwind as they catch the ocean’s cool breeze.  http://cintacostera.com/

Another Day in Paradise

Unique Architecture

Panama has grown by leaps and bounds in the past few years.  Every day new buildings are unveiled and it seems that the city’s architects try to outdo themselves by implementing unique and innovative designs.  This is the famous “corkscrew” building which is located on Calle 50.  It is a definite must see for anyone […]

Welcome to Panama. It’s so much more than a canal.

When someone mentions Panama, two things might come to mind.  Some people might automatically think of Panama City, Florida and wild parties at the beach during spring break. If you have a wider view of the world, the image of the Panama Canal might jump into your mind. This ex-pat has been here for over […]