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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Panama’s Jewish Community

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 […]

In Need of Some TLC

These are the ruins of an abandoned building in Casco Antiguo.  It’s impressive to see how these old skeletons from the past can be transformed once again into beautiful buildings with a little TLC and some cold hard cash.

Typical Afternoon in Casco Antiguo

These are both common scenes here in Panama. People like to hang out on the streets and talk in the afternoons.  They will drag a couple of chairs outside on the sidewalk, pull up a couple of old crates, or just sit on the curb and shoot the breeze.  It’s a good way to cool […]

Hotel Riu: On the Inside

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/

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 […]

A Rooftop View

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 […]

La Alianza Francesa: Another Bella Vista Beauty

The beautiful Casa Blanca houses the Swiss Consul and the Alianza Francesa or French Alliance.  The interior of this building is breathtakingly beautiful.

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

Peek-a-Boo

As I walked along the Cinta Costera this morning, the sun fought bravely to break through the clouds, creating this image of peaceful beauty.