The Many Faces of Casco Viejo

The inhabitants of Casco Viejo are as varied as the kaleidoscope of buildings that make up this enchanting sector of Panama City. There is an eclectic mix of cultures, religions, nationalities and ages which is part of the magic that surrounds this area.  These are the faces of Casco Viejo.  

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!

Relaxing Sunday

I can not think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than strolling around Casco Viejo. There is a special magic about this place.  It is like being transported back to the past to a time when life was simpler and more laid back.  

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.

San Fransisco de Assis Church in Casco Viejo

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.  

Tourists, Tourists, Everywhere!

The summer in Panama is in full swing and tourists are everywhere.  People from all over come here to enjoy the city and all the natural beauty Panama has to offer.

Casco Viejo at Dusk

The beauty of Casco Viejo illuminates the evening sky with its many colors and old world beauty. It is truly a magical place both during the day and after the sun goes down.  

A Unique Treasure

Sitting quaintly on the corner next to the French embassy in Plaza de Francia you will find one of my favorite coffee shops, Dodo.  This tiny little cafe has a friendly atmosphere which makes you feel at home immediately.  The food is scrumptious and the service is excellent.  If you are walking around the Plaza […]

Summer Is Here!

It is “summer” again here in Panama.  Summer is the dry season and people here in Panama take advantage of this time of the year to spend more time doing outdoor activities.  One of my favorite things to do during the summer is to walk around Casco Viejo and try to capture a little of […]

Fiddler

I love music and I love street musicians.  This fiddler was standing on the corner close to the French Embassy. Of course, I had to stop to listen to his repertoire and snap a photo or two.   

After the Rain

It’s the rainy season again.  This is the time of the year we call “winter”.  Some people find the rain annoying.  I personally enjoy it.  Here you can appreciate the beauty of Plaza Herrera after a hard afternoon rain.

Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi is available in the different parks and plazas of the Casco Viejo.   A tourist takes advantage of the free connection as he comfortably relaxes in Plaza Bolivar next to a monument erected in the honor of Simón Bolívar, the Venezuelan general known as the “Liberator of Latin America”.

Cooling Off

When the temperature rises there is no better way to beat the heat than to strip down and plunge into some nice, cool water.  It was fun to watch these two lads enjoy their little romp in the bay.  

The Brown Pelican

Brown pelicans are a common sight as you walk along the Bay of Panama.  These pictures were taken around Plaza de Francia in Casco Viejo.  

Cat Nap

A little cat nap under a shady tree is a great way to beat the heat and restore your energy.  This little cat has found a superb location to take his little afternoon siesta, right dab in the middle of Plaza Catedral in Casco Viejo.  

Fonda Pritty-Pritty

Here in Panama, when we want to say something is nice or “cool”, we use the word “pritty”. It’s the Panamanian version of pretty.  If you are in Casco Viejo and really want to try some authentic Panamanian food, then I suggest you visit the Fonda Pritty Pritty.  It is right across from the Policia […]

Dodó Bon Pan Café

https://www.facebook.com/Dodobonpan Today I visited a quaint little cafe in Plaza de Francia called Dodó Bon Pan Café.  The ambiance was marvelous, the service was impeccable, and the food was excellent.  It is not often that you find all these qualities in a restaurant and all at a very reasonable price. 

Iglesia San Felipe de Neri

Iglesia San Felipe Neri was completed in 1688 and is one of the oldest churches in Panama City. Over time it has been a school, a seminary, and a home for the elderly. It is located in Casco Viejo on  Avenida B and Calle 5. It is simply breathtaking.

Art Exposition

There is a beautiful exposition of Colonial religious statues and paintings in the church of Santo Domingo  where Arco Chato is located in Casco Viejo.  You are not allowed to take photographs of the exposition but I included a couple I took from the outside. Simply beautiful!

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.