Casco Viejo, Panama City: Gorgeous Old Town under Heavy Rehabilitation
Warning: I am uploading tons of pictures because well…I took a ton. And the internet speed in Panama is absolutely a delight. I feel like I am being introduced to YouTube for the first time.
Pictures around Simon Bolivar Plaza (Panama was a part of Colombia until 1831 after all).
The statue of Jesus on the church almost seems to tell us to “rock on”.
Construction all around the square…
People sell crafts in the park. This Kuna lady was gathering up her work. The Kuna are a indigenous group in Panama that live mainly on the San Blas Island off the Caribbean coast. They dress incredibly colorfully and apparently do not like to have their pictures taken.
Her work…all hand sewn.
Another vendor sold these beautiful ones. Prices seemed to range from $15 to $25 USD depending on the complexity. They would be gorgeous as pillow coverings or framed. Right?
I would guess that about half of the buildings in the area are empty crumbling shells. Many are for sale if you are looking for a project.
This one, with a gorgeous view of the skyline to one side and the boats exiting the canal on the other, sits empty right on the water. I’m guessing it is a Four Season Hotel in 5 years.
Even the graffiti looked artsy on this side of town…
I can’t wait to come back in a few years to see what Casco Viejo is like. Though I’m not sure I can wait that love… so far I absolutely LOVE Panama City…