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 the terraza amid the tropical foliage. Either way you are in for a delightful time. http://cascoviejo.com/las-clementinas-cafe-and-bar/
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 larger ones in the city.
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 to live in. This picture was taken from the rooftop of Finesterre Hotel.
The beautiful Casa Blanca houses the Swiss Consul and the Alianza Francesa or French Alliance. The interior of this building is breathtakingly beautiful.