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. 

Rainy Days

Now that the rainy season has begun this is a common scene in Panama.  Many people dislike this time of the year because of the abundant rains.  However, one of the reasons that Panama has such a profusion of plants and wildlife is due to these daily downpours.   The afternoon showers sometimes come out […]

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.  

Finisterre

If you plan on visiting Panama and need something more than a hotel room, I recommend that you check out Finisterre Marriot Executive Apartments.  It is centrally located and offers spacious luxury apartments that are fully equipped.   http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ptyer-marriott-executive-apartments-panama-city-finisterre/ http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g294480-d2707660-Reviews-Marriott_Executive_Apartments_Panama_City_Finisterre-Panama_City_Panama_Province.htm

Administration Building

The Panama Canal Administration Building was inaugurated on July 15, 1914,  a month before the Canal itself.  From that moment, this beautiful  legacy from the past has continued to dominate the Balboa area towering majestically from atop its rolling hill.  http://www.czbrats.com/Builders/Admin/admin.htm

Miraflores Locks Visitor Center

Miraflores Locks Visitor Center is a excellent place to visit.  You can watch the boats go by from the observation deck or have a bite to eat at the restaurant and watch the ships transit through the locks as you sip your afternoon coffee. http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g294480-d547531/Panama-City:Panama:Miraflores.Locks.Visitor.Center.html

Plaza de Francia/ Las Bovedas

Come stroll around this beautiful plaza dedicated to the French Canal effort.  Walk up the steps that lead to Paseo Las Bovedas. Spend the afternoon checking out the local handcrafts on sale there.  There is a marvelous view of the city and the Amador Causeway from the top.  http://cascoviejo.com/plaza-francia/

Panama Canal Museum

The Panama Canal Museum is located in Casco Antiguo right in front of Plaza Catedral, between Calle 5 and Calle 6. It is housed in this beautifully renovated building.  http://cascoviejo.com/canal-museum/

Las Monjas

This beautifully renovated building in Casco Antiguo houses several luxury apartments that can be rented on a daily or weekly basis. Who wouldn’t want to stay in a place like this? It’s pricey but breathtaking!  http://www.loscuatrotulipanes.com/index.php/casco-viejo-apartments/1-bdrm/monjas-2b/

Temple Baha’i

The beautiful Baha’i Temple.http://www.newsroompanama.com/panama/3275-latin-americas-first-bahai-temple-is-in-panama.html

Old Panama

Crumbling ruins are all that’s left of Old Panama ( Panamá  Viejo), the country’s first major Spanish settlement, which was destroyed by pirate Henry Morgan in 1671.http://www.lonelyplanet.com/panama/panama-city/sights/fortress/panama-viejo-ruins

An Impressive Skyline

Every day a new building crops up on the already crowded skyline here in Panama.  As property becomes more scarce and more expensive, the buildings grow taller and taller.  Sometimes I hurt my neck trying to look up at these giants that loom over the city.

A Full View of the Hard Rock Hotel

This is what the Hard Rock Hotel looks like from the ground.  This 66 story building houses 1,500 rooms and suites.http://www.hrhpanamamegapolis.com/

At Dusk

A captivating view of the city at dusk.  http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g294480-Panama_City_Panama_Province-Vacations.html

Color Laden Balconies

Colorful flowers accentuate the beauty and the quaintness of the Casco Antiguo’s delicate architecture.http://www.cascoviejo.org/content/cnPanels.php?cid=10

Profusion of Flowers

Come and immerse yourself in the profusion of multicolored flowers that dangle from the balconies in the Casco Antiguo.  Take a relaxing stroll through its quiet streets and let its old world charm take you back in time.  http://www.cascoviejo.org/content/cnPanels.php?cid=10

The Flat Arch Church

This beautiful stone church was constructed by Dominican friars and can be seen in Casco Antiguo on the corner of Avenue A and Third Street.http://cascoviejo.com/

Hard Rock Hotel

One of the latest additions to the hotel industry here in Panama is the Hard Rock.  It’s neon sign can be seen flashing it’s changing colors over the city, beckoning tourists to lodge there.http://www.hrhpanamamegapolis.com/