Bella Vista Beauties

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.

La Plaza- City of Knowledge

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

Edificio Sousa

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.

Bella Vista

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.

Venture Out into the Countryside

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. This photo was taken in the province of Herrera.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herrera_Province

Remnants of the Past

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. Hopefully, someone will restore them to their original beauty.