On our recent trip to Panama City with my friend Holly, we had the pleasure of staying with Emma which was great because not only is she great company, she knows the interesting things to see in the city.
I had been to Casco Viejo a couple times. The first time was on our first visit to the country. We rented a car and got lost every time we set out, and one of our unplanned excursions was to Casco Viejo. The last time was more than two years ago on another visit when we hired a taxi driver to give us a tour around the city. This is the first time I have been there on foot.
Things have sure changed since our first visit! There has been a lot of renovation and many of the buildings are completed. It’s a really interesting area with lots of things to see, so walking is the perfect way to look around a bit.
Many buildings are still occupied by people who were there long before the renovations and improvements started.
Vendors on the street. Do you need a hat?
The police were out and about keeping the peace.
Some of the interesting and unique art on walls.
I like the figures outside this place.
Plants are growing in the corner cracks on this building.
The Metropolitan Cathedral.
We saw something going on outside this church.
Apparently it was a procession forming, and they were going to carry this statue.
There are also many buildings in the process of, or waiting for renovation.
Our charming brunch spot.
More colorful art on a wall.
Hole to another universe. Come on in!
I like this tree
You can’t go there (The president’s home and government offices)
What an interesting wall
When renovating, the outside walls cannot be changed. There are a lot of buildings with nothing but outside walls waiting to be worked on.
Old building, new stairs
I’m not sure which church this is.
The National Theater
Nice view of the city skyline in the distance.
The streets are nicely paved with bricks.
Plaza de Francia
More Plaza de Francia
There is a lovely walkway with many vendors just beyond the plaza.
I couldn’t resist one more picturesque view of the city skyline.
There were many Kuna Indians selling molas and other items.
Lots and lots of molas!
A Kuna lady in traditional dress.
Little by little, I’m catching up. From here we had more good times at Bocas del Toro, and then the Rambala Jungle Lodge. Posts will be coming…