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 […]

Clayton AKA City of Knowledge

This area was once the U.S. military base that housed the troops that protected the Canal Zone.  It was totally off limits to the Panamanian citizens.  Now, these buildings in the background house schools and organizations such as the United Nations and Unicef.  It is a beautiful area with an incredible view.  The Miraflores locks […]

Quaint Streets

No matter what street you walk down in the Casco Antiguo, you will find a quaintness that is unique to this area of the city.  It has an energy about it that just can not be duplicated. 

Laundry Day in the Casco

 Many cities around the world try “to perfect” certain areas to make them more attractive for tourists. In this thirst for perfection, some places lose their cultural identity. One of the things I love about the Casco Antiguo is that it has not lost its uniqueness or charm even though it has become an important […]

Stress Relief

Whenever I get stressed out over work, relationships, paying the bills or just life in general, I take  a walk along the Cinta Costera.  It is definitely a great way to rid yourself of the tension that accumulates during the day and the view is worth a million bucks! http://www.roadtraffic-technology.com/projects/cintacosta/

Restored Beauty

This is one of the restored beauties in Casco Antiguo.  Its hard to believe that once this building laid in ruins waiting for a loving hand to restore it.  It was totally worth the time, effort and money that was invested to bring it back to life.

Gentrification of Casco Antiguo

This photograph shows what most of Casco Antiguo looked like when I first arrived here more than thirty years ago.  Since my arrival this area has undergone a  major metamorphosis and has turned into a beautiful neighborhood of renovated houses, small shops, art galleries, and restaurants.  Although there is still a lot of work to […]

Panama: Something for Everyone

If you are planning to relocate here in Panama, there is something here for everyone.  Here is an interesting article that explains the different neighborhoods Panama has to offer and how to choose the perfect area to live in. http://internationalliving.com/2011/02/panama-citys-neighborhoods-where-to-find-your-perfect-place/

Colorful Beauty

I never get tired of the beauty of Casco Antiguo.  Every time I walk down its cobbled streets something new catches my eye. This colorful beauty is just a sample of the charming architecture that can be found there.

Hotel Riu

If you are coming to Panama on business and need a hotel right dab in the center of the financial center, then  you might want to consider Hotel Riu on Calle 50.  Most banks and many important businesses are within walking distance.  The hotel is spacious and modern.  I have never stayed there, but I […]

Panama City Rising

If you are thinking about visiting Panama, this article is a definite “must-read”. It is one insightful visitor’s view of this rising metropolis called Panama. http://travel.nytimes.com/2013/05/05/travel/panama-city-rising.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&smid=fb-share&

The City at Sunset

The city at sunset…This is probably the worst time to be out in the streets. The traffic, the noise and fight to rush home is enough to distract us all from the beauty that surrounds us as the sun slowly sinks in the western skies.  

Live large, pay small…

Panama is a city where you can live large, but pay small.  If you are planning a vacation and don’t know where to go, have a look at this article.  Panama is a true bargain.  http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/17/travel/panama-city-luxury/index.html?sr=sharebar_facebook

Beautiful Courtyard

This beautiful courtyard is part of Casa Gongora in Casco Antiguo.  Casa Gongora is a beautifully renovated 17th century jewel that houses a center for the arts.  http://cascoviejo.com/casa-gongora/

More Casa Gongora

Come take a look inside this 17th century beauty.  I loved strolling through the beautiful interior of this old house.  

Casa Gongora

If you enjoy art, you will certainly enjoy a visit to Casa Gongora en Casco Antiguo.  The house itself, which dates back to the 17th century,  is a treat to see, besides the interesting art work you will find inside.  http://cascoviejo.com/casa-gongora/

An Awesome City!

I love the way the old boat contrasts sharply with the cityscape and at the same time manages to blend in. We live in an awesome city! Panama is a unique place that is constantly changing and evolving. 

A Four Legged Resident of Casco Antiguo

On one of my recent visits  to Casco Antiguo I was greeted by this cute little pooch, who stuck his head through the wrought iron railings and peered down at me as I walked by. He seemed to want to come down to the street and have some fun.  Well, friends, whether you have four […]

A Fixer Upper

Like the Phoenix that rises from the ashes, these treasures in Casco Antiguo rise up from their ruin and are given a new life through renovation. We can not let these beauties die and get lost in a skyline made of metal and glass. Let’s conserve our history and culture. Progress is good but it […]

Mega Structures

How big does a balcony need to be? Panama has many new mega structures where everything is oversized and equally overpriced. As the city expands,  buildings grow bigger, taller, and more expensive.  Here is an example of that supersize me attitude. This megasized balcony overlooks the the bay and the Cinta Costera.