Bird’s Eye View

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!

Another Art Deco Beauty

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.

Art Deco

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.

The Many Faces of Casco Viejo

Casco Viejo is a beautiful place to visit.  There is something magical and electrifying about this part of the city. I go there quite often but somehow it is always new to me.  I always find something new to photograph.  Its buildings are magnificent and its inhabitants are colorful and intriguing. 

A Beautiful View

As I was walking along the Paseo  Las Bovedas I couldn’t help thinking, “What a beautiful view.” Even though phase 3 of the Cinta Costera blocks some of the view, it is still breathtaking.

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.  If you are not into history, visit it anyway because the view will take your breath away.

 

 

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 love to spend these lazy summer days strolling through the streets of Casco Viejo.  For those of you buried under feet of snow, here are a few photos to warm you up.  

Sunday: A Time for Family

I grew up in the Deep South and there I was taught that Sundays are to be set aside to spend time with the family. I am glad to see that many people still consider family time a priority.  Take time out from the hustle and bustle of city life to relax and chat with your loved ones. Moments like these are priceless treasures.

Las Clementinas

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/

Tri-Color

The entire month of November you will see the country dressed in the three colors that represent it: red, white and blue.  I especially enjoyed seeing the flag placed all over the area of Clayton, in the City of Knowledge.  This area was once part of the U.S. controlled Panama Canal Zone, an area which was restricted and most Panamanians could not enter.  This picture was taken at La Plaza food court in the City of Knowledge,   Viva Panama!!!