Monthly Archives: November 2013

Pre Thanksgiving Rainbow

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo I can´t remember when I saw my last rainbow, but yesterday seemed perfect for it: at 5 p.m. Casco Viejo`s skies had this beautiful golden light, but with thin clouds, producing a large rainbow. Since today is AVACA`s 7th Thanksgiving celebration, I take it as an omen of a fantastic party! Lucky Seven… Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Mother`s Day at American Trade Hotel, Casco Viejo

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo Mother`s day always brings joy and stress at the same time. What to do? where to go? how to pick a place where everyone in the family has a space, children, babies, aunties, grandmas, moms of all ages?  Our suggestion: nowhere better than American Trade Hotel.  Not only they`ll have a great buffet by awarded chef Clara Icaza, but they`ll make the whole thing easy for you with valet parking and an “activity room” for children with “cuenta cuentos” (storytellers) that will help keep the young ones entertained. Live music by Luis Carlos Pérez Quartet! … Continue reading

This Tuesday, Next Tuesday

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo Art Tuesdays! Tonight, performing arts at Tántalo: Panamachete. Next Tuesday, the best of Congo culture at Teatro Amador. A bit of Panama`s diverse culture!  

Casco Waking Up to a Beautiful Day

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo As summer makes its way into Panama (when the rest of the universe is going into cold winter), mornings have an early start. The sun comes out half hour early and goes down half hour early, probably the only “daylight”difference you`ll find throughout the year. I woke up and took my camera to Las Bovedas, as the sky was so pretty. The streetlights were still on, they looked like candles in a birthday cake, soon to be blown away. The expectation of a beautiful day builds up in everyone lucky to be looking out at … Continue reading

Amazing model of Casco Viejo shown at University of Panama

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo Dom Cartooch is a French artist who lived in Casco for years.  At some point I saw him roaming around with a meassuring tape and students sometimes with him, and I wasn´t really sure what he was up to other than modeling some buildings.  But it wasn´t just “some buildings”… it was the entire historic site of Casco Antiguo! What an amazing task! This week, the 9 mt x 6 mt model is being shown at the University of Panama, Architecture Faculty. The project was done together with Peruvian Erasmo Benoutte and will be at … Continue reading

San Felipe Neri Church Open To The Public

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo One of my favorite churches in Casco Viejo, the San Felipe Neri church is open (finally!) to the public.  From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. you`ll be able to go in and experience the beauty of its intimate ambiance.  Built in 1688 it has so far 325 years. Take a look at the altar, but specially the chorus at the back of the church. Each part of this church has a story to tell,  specially those buried inside (so be careful where you step!).  Graves dating from 1850`s and probably before, people who lived through … Continue reading

Casco Viejo Featured in W Magazine

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo W Magazine takes notice of Casco Viejo, specially the American Trade Hotel which is opening in Plaza Herrera and will be run by the Ace Hotel. Click here to read the full article: Panama City Gets a Facelift  

Caffe Americano, Casco Viejo

Casco Antiguo, Panama, Casco Viejo New business opens in Casco! at the corner of 6th and A Avenue, behind the  Canal Museum, is Caffe Americano, a small place for coffee and desserts. Slowly A Avenue has been developing into a stream of small businesses and cafes. Another building just started renovation one block away. More coming!

Patriot Parades

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo Highlights of the Patriot Holiday parades on November 3rd and 4th. Enjoy!

Panama`s Flag and Patriot Holidays

Casco Viejo Panama Casco Antiguo Patriot Holidays are here! For me it is still amazing that a country managed to have its independence from one country, separation from another, flag days and more compounded in one month. Yes, that is Panama! Never mind that the independence (Panama from Spain) happened in 1821 and the separation (Panama from Colombia) in 1903. However, few know that the current version of Panama`s flag (blue, red, white and stars) was not the first version. There were a couple before that, and at least one part of a conspiracy.  The final (and current version) has … Continue reading