01.26.2013 - 01.26.2013
We started our tour of Panama City, the capital city of the Republic of Panama, by revisiting the Panama Canal, this time to observe the Miraflores Locks from land.
At a local museum our guide explains some of the history of Panama City. Today we would see its three incarnations. First, as it was founded by the Spanish in 1519. Next, rebuilt in 1673 8 kilometers away, and the present day modern city.
These boys are setting up their playing field near the old road to the 17th century settlement.
Panama City is the oldest European settlement on the Pacific coast of the Americas. It was destroyed by Henry Morgan in 1671, and ruins of churches, convents, palaces, etc, are being preserved and protected.
Modern Panama is said to be among the top five places for retirement in the world.
Buildings keep rising. You would never suspect that the city is surrounded by a belt of tropical rainforest.
Our walking tour of Colonial Panama (El Casco Antiguo) was about to begin.
Restoration work is being done all over the place. French, Spanish and Italian architecture are all mixed together in a beautiful blend of styles.