I recently had the opportunity to go up to the bell tower of the San Francisco de Assis church in Casco Viejo to take pictures. What an amazing view! I was able to look out over the city and see the contrast between the old and the new. What a wonderful experience!
This amazing Art Deco beauty is the Main Hall of The American Trade Hotel.This lovely building was originally built as a branch of the National City Bank of New York. It is now used to host events and can hold up to 350 guests.
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.
There are many beautiful churches in Casco Viejo but one of my favorites is San Francisco de Assis. This 17th century church sits right on the waterfront across from Plaza Bolivar. It has just recently been reopened after a complete renovation.
Las Clementinas is a beautiful, upscale cafe in Casco Viejo. It is elegantly furnished and offers a wide variety of national and international dishes. The food is wonderful and the service is top notch and personal. You can choose to dine inside with all the comforts of climate control or you may dine out on […]
Panama is known for having a rich blend of people from many countries, religions and backgrounds. According to the World Jewish Congress there are now about 10,000 Jews living in Panama. The majority of Jews living in Panama are traditional in their practices therefore keep kosher and observe Shabbat. This synagogue, located in Bella Vista, is one of the […]
I took a little road trip to La Arena in the province of Herrera. This little town is famous for its folklore, its traditional architecture, its handcrafts and its bread. This is one of the many bakeries you can find in this quaint little country town.
Hotel Riu’s convenient location on Calle 50 makes it a prime choice for conventions and other events, such as wedding receptions. Here you can appreciate the interior of one of the rooms used for these occasions. Its modern decor and friendly staff create an excellent ambiance. http://www.riuplaza.com/en/hotel-riu-panama/
This is the beautiful Bella Vista area of Panama City. I love the tile roofs of the old houses that still pepper the area. Many have been torn down to make way for bigger, more modern buildings, but some have managed to survive. These beautiful, old houses make this area a unique and wonderful neighborhood […]
The beautiful Casa Blanca houses the Swiss Consul and the Alianza Francesa or French Alliance. The interior of this building is breathtakingly beautiful.
The area of Bella Vista is well known for its beautiful historical buildings. It is a shame that many of these old gems are being torn down to make way for more space efficient high rise apartment buildings. They just don’t build beauty like this anymore.
I was truly impressed by the beautiful design of the food court in La Plaza. The fountain and the landscaping create a peaceful, serene atmosphere. http://ciudaddelsaber.org/en/press-room/news/la-plaza-city-knowledge-first-building-certified-leed-gold-in-panama/1385
Here is another beautiful building I admire in Bella Vista. It is known as Edificio Sousa. It gracefully stands on the corner of Parque Urraca surrounded by modern apartment buildings. Its classic beauty is unique and stands out among all the impersonal buildings of glass and steel.
I love the area of Bella Vista. At one time, it was mostly comprised of Spanish Colonial style homes. These Colonial beauties are rapidly being replaced by ultra modern apartment buildings. It should be a crime to destroy beautiful homes like this one pictured here.
Once you have left the city, a whole different world will open up for you. Although Panama is a tiny country compared to most, it has a rich, varied culture that is full of folklore and tradition. This is a typical scene as you move out of the city and venture out into the countryside. […]
Every time I walk by the remnants of this building I can’t help but imagine what it must have looked like in its heyday. I love the cobalt blue glass in the windows. Can you imagine the sun shining through this blue glass bathing the rooms in such rich color. It must have been magnificent. […]