Old Meets New

Panama City has been on my radar for some time.  I had a trip planned back in October 2012, however, with the destruction of Hurricane Sandy I was unable to leave New Jersey.   Not much changed when planning this trip again in 2016, except perhaps the accommodations. We stayed at The American Trade Hotel in Casco Viejo. Casco Viejo is the historic district of Panama, bringing the old and new together in a colorful design.  It was designated a World Heritage Site in 1977. I almost felt like I was walking back in time with the old world charm in this renovated building overlooking the Plaza Herrera.  Everything is a 5 to 10 minute walk in Casco Viejo, which makes wandering around and peeking in at the buildings an endless activity.  The Panama Canal was part of the reason I had wanted to visit this city and it did not disappoint.  The Canal opened on August 15, 1914, and once you see a large vessel pass through the Canal you realize it certainly is a wonder. If you would like a more detailed history about the Canal check out The Path Between the Seas, a great book by David McCullough.  There are great tours from Panama, San Blas Islands, Gatun Lake, hiking Ancon Hill or even zip lining.  This is Casco the slow and local way.

First night in Casco means drinks at the Rooftop Bar Tantalo!

My morning coffee at Cafe Unido at The American Trade Hotel with views of the city.

Casco connects the old and the new – destruction and construction

The beautiful people of Panama

Sit back order a Balboa beer and watch the ships pass by!

When walking around Casco stay on the red bricks for safety

The streets of Casco

Delicious vegan lunch at Veggie Moon. It was fresh and light with vibrant flavors on a hot afternoon.

The highlight of food was dinner at Madrigal in Casco, this plate of fresh veggies as an appetizer was full of color and flavor.

Another way to cool off during the afternoon heat is a beer tasting at La Rana Dorada for all you Craft Beer Fans.

Hoping this city is capable of coming into its own and retaining the charm of old world beauty.  There is so much potential in this foodie, hip, vibrant city!

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