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. […]

Another View of the Metro

Here is another view of the subway system construction that is underway all over the city. http://epiac1216.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/welcome-to-the-panama-metro/

Mega Project

One of the Mega Projects underway in the city is the new subway system.  Most of the major streets in the city are obstructed by the construction of this new transportation system.  Circulation in the city has become virtually impossible and the traffic jams are monstrous.  Patience is required whenever you leave the house. This […]

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. […]

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 […]

Santa Familia Community Center

The Santa Familia Community Center is a safe place for kids in San Felipe to do their homework, receive tutoring, and participate in extracurricular activities that help keep them off the streets.  One of the foundations it houses is Aprojusan.  Aprojusan is a non-profit organization that works towards creating a better future for the area’s […]

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.