Part 9-Casco Viejo (cont’d) More photos
We continued to stroll through Casco Viejo for a couple of hours. Here are some more photos of the area.
If you are going to go to Panama City, you really should visit Casco Viejo. It is a nice change from the modern part of Panama City. It is a pleasant place to stroll, take photos, stop for lunch or drinks and feel like you are really a long way from home.
We would have liked to have spent more time in Casco Viejo, but the heat really start to get to us,. Since we were on such a tight time schedule , we decided to head back to the area around our hotel, get something to eat, and rest up for our trip the folowing morning to the Gamboa Rain Forest
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Panama City, Panama-Part 8 -Casco Viejo
Casco Viejo is a very old, but yet interesting part of Panama City. According to the Lonely Planet guidebook : ” in 1904, when construction began on the Panama Canal, all of Panama City existed where Casco Viejo stands today”. The area is very historic and houses some nice restaurants. It was definately someplace we felt we should see while in Panama City, Panama.
Once we arrived, a street policeman befriended us and served as an unpaid tour guide for about 10 minutes.
As we walked through the streets I kept thinking “hmmm….this area seems familiar. Seems like I have been here before”. Then it dawned on me….with the old buildings and narrow streets, it reminded me of Cartagena, Colombia.
We spent some time taking photos in Casco Viejo. Here they are:
It was very hot in Casco Viejo, so we stopped inside an ice cream store and while sitting there I noticed a street vendor outside, so I shot this photo(below) through the door from where we were stitting:
I have a few more photos of Casco Viejo. I will post them on the next blog (Part 9)
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