Panama ~ Fish Market & Casco Viejo

Hey all. I’m so sorry it’s been taking me so long to get our trip posted. I have so many photos that I want and every time I start working on a post I get over-whelmed. I honestly just want to get these all shared with you so I can get back to posting recipes and about everything that’s going on around here!!! EXCITING STUFF!!!

This day was filled with lots of walking and history. We started with a visit to the fish market and then went on to explore Casco Viejo. Hope you enjoy all the photos!!

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High and low tide still boggles my mind. This boat is resting on the floor of the ocean. By the time we got done walking around Casco Viejo the water was already starting to rise.  I wish I would have gone back and got a photo of it at high tide. Panama

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Panama flag atop Ancon Hill

 

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The fish market was definitely an interesting experience. I was honestly worried that the smell of fish mixed with warm ocean air was going to not sit well with me, but it actually wasn’t too bad. We walked around and priced things and my dad ended up going back later to purchase some langastinos.

 

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Well, hello there!

 

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Such a beautiful variety of colors in this bougainvillea plant.

 

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Love this photo of my dad 🙂

 

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This is a great example of the progress they have made with renovations in Casco Viejo. The first two buildings have been brought back to life. The next two are just waiting for someone to give them their spirit back. I’d LOVE to get my hands on one of these.

 

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Doesn’t this look like an amazing project? My mind just races with ideas of what this could look like some day. The amount of money and resources you would need to do a project of this magnitude would be staggering.

 

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This is the same building. The stairs leading to the unknown…just love it…all of it. I would love to see what this building looked like when it was lived in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There were so many beautiful doors and hardware. I honestly want to focus more on photographing things like this when we go back.

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A view of the city from Casco Viejo.

 

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This is another one of the buildings that could be stunning once completed. From what we could tell, this project is actually under way. I hope to see progress next time we go back. I loved the artwork on the panels that barricaded the property.

 

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I affectionately call this the tourist trap. I could have bought something from almost every one of these stands. I wish the tarps would have been off. There were the most beautiful bougainvillea vines covering this area. I’m thinking they were maybe doing some repairs or possibly just providing shade. This walk way is called Paseo Esteban Huertas. It’s actually on top of las bovedas or “the vaults” which originally functioned as a Spanish dungeon and then later a jail, store house, and offices.

 

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A Kuna woman sitting with her beautiful display of work. I ended up purchasing one of these molas to frame for our new house. So much time and talent goes in to making each one of these.

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Artist’s palette

 

 

 

 

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This gentleman was smiling and singing away as we shopped.

 

 

 

 

Bridge of the Americas

Bridge of the Americas

 

 

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Interesting piece of artwork in Plaza de Francia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This street vendor was selling raspados. Under that metal cube on top of his cart was a block of ice. Raspado is shaved ice flavored with fruit juice and then topped with condensed milk if you choose. I got cherry with the condensed milk. I probably won’t add the milk next time lol. It was very refreshing though 🙂

 

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A beautifully renovated building. I just couldn’t get enough of the beautiful flowers. The pop of pink was perfect.

 

Panama, Arco Chato, Iglesia de Santo Domingo

Visiting the Iglesia de Santo Domingo was probably my most anticipated stop on our tour through Casco Viejo. It’s one of the only ruins that you can actually walk around in and take in the beauty of the way building used to be built. This is also the location of el arco chato or “the flat arch”.

 

Panama, Arco Chato, Iglesia de Santo Domingo

Iglesia de Santo Domingo was built in 1678 but sustained multiple fires and was never rebuilt. The supporting arch, however, which is made of stone survived. The longstanding arch meant that there was little earthquake activity which was one of the reasons the U.S. senators decided it was safer to build the canal in Panama instead of Nicaragua.

 

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Inside the Iglesia de Santo Domingo.

 

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A view of the city from Casco Viejo.

 

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The Catedral Metropolitana (Metropolitan Cathedral). It took over 100 years to build and is one of the largest cathedrals in Central America. You can find this beauty in the Plaza de la Independencia. The plaza is also where Panama declared it’s independence from Columbia in 1903.

 

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Beautiful street art.

 

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Arch of flowers. SWOON.

 

 

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The only real beach that we saw appeared at low tide in Casco Viejo. We didn’t see a single person in the water or on the beach our entire trip. Most people head to the Caribbean side or out to one of the many islands.

 

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Boats at the fish market.

 

 

 

 

 

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A photo of my love and I before we headed in for the day.

 

 

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The end to what was another wonderful day in Panama.

 

Whew! I hope that wasn’t too much for you. I promise my next post of photos won’t be this long. I just have so many favorites that I want to share with you!!

Until next time…which I hope won’t be weeks from now.

Much love,

Liz

 

 

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