Baluarte de Jesus or Mano de Tigre

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Everyday I learn something new. Today La Prensa published an article about one of the few pieces of the colonial wall we all know as Mano de Tigre. Initially it was known as Baluarte de Jesús and was part of a system of walls to repel the enemy that was supposed to come by land (crossing from the Caribbean).  It could hold up to 25 cannons.

Once the walls where not useful anymore and the city needed to grow, the city authorized its destruction (11 of October 1856). This piece was “saved” because the land belonged to the Train Company, which later became public land. The street next to it was basically built on top of the wall. You can see remanents at the back of Boyacá.  The wall was appointed National Patrimony back in 1954.

Here is the article at La Prensa: http://impresa.prensa.com/vivir/fortaleza-forma-diamante_0_4214578599.html

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Arts Festival at Central Avenue: May 30th

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Street Art Festival at Central Avenue!  with the Alliance Francaise as sponsors, this will for sure be an interesting event. For free, May 30th, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The festival is an initiative of a new group called Vía Plural. Here is the Facebook page of the event and here is the Facebook page of Via Plural.

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Sushi at Casco: Welcome Aki

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Yesterday we had a great time at AKI, Casco´s new sushi restaurant. Owner Brittany Morgan is known in Bocas del Toro for her restaurant RAW Fusion. Now, she moved to Casco and AKI looks great.  Intimate and with delicious food.   I loved the Totoro posters! Others will love the light sake sangria. I didn´t have time to take photos to the dishes, ate them right away! Here is Britanny´s Facebook.

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Jane Jacobs Walks in Casco Viejo: Reconnecting with our City

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Jane Jacobs was an activist that back in the 60´s opposed big projects like highways that would divide and destroy the fabric of small, walkable, neighborhoods. Even though she had no formal trainning as an urbanist, she had common sense. She empowered people and saved areas that today wouldn´t exist without her leadership: places like Soho and others.

This Saturday, May 23rd, the city of Panama will be carrying out what has been known as Jane´s Walks. We are very excited that the City has started to take this approach.  The tour will start at Plaza 5 de Mayo, and the guides will tell stories of the most important buildings in Central Avenue. The idea is to re connect with your urban surroundings, learning about them, by simply walking around.

Where: Plaza 5 Mayo

When: May 23rd, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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May 24th: Running Through Casco´s Plazas

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Love the idea! this race, organized by INAC, will fundraise for the Special Olympics. It will take place through Casco´s plazas, everyone is welcomed to participate. Donation is $20.

Here is the info:

la ruta de las plazas

Dinning at Enotria

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Last night, after visiting Michael Sager´s art show at Las Bovedas, we went to Enotria for dinner. Loved throwing myself on the couch after such a long (and productive!) day.  Their staff was wonderful and recommended a nice wine from Sardinia to finish the day. We tried their menu: my husband ordered the tuna and I ordered the lasagna with prawns and zucchini. We shared a crepe with cheese and berries as dessert. Did I say share? on second thought… i don´t think I did…

Fully recommended!

Tel. 388-3237

Facebook Page HERE

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Epic Love, Dogs and Piano during May in Casco Viejo

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

May and June are always full with great stuff at the National Theater and the Anita Villalaz. Until May 17th, Romeo and Juliet (modern dance) will be playing at the National Theater.   There is also a theater play called “Dog Lady”, directed by DeAldon R. Watson that will be played at the Anita Villalaz.  Love the name! even more the poster.

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And the big ticket will be the Saint Malo Piano Festival. Every year, it brings amazing performances to the Casco. Here is the info:

CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK

 

Origami classes on Sunday in Casco Viejo

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

I really feel origami is a type of yoga. You need to concentrate, breathe, follow instructions. And if you do, then something beautiful comes out of it. For those who do it a lot, they often claim achieving a sense of bliss, of zen. Now, in Casco, our neighbor Amami Monesson is teaching this beautiful art. Every Sunday, at her place!

Her goal is to make 2000 origami cranes and do an exhibition. You can email her at: amamidesign1986@gmail.com.  You can come and join her sessions any time between 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Location; PH plaza Cathedral 201A (next to restaurant Il Carpaccio )

Date: Every Sunday 2-4pm (until end of June )

Price: Free

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Enotria, Casco Viejo inaugurates tonight

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

For wine lovers! At the corner of 4th and A Avenue, right in front of Arco Properties office. Enotria will continue the wine tradition of DiVino. They open tonight, at 8 p.m. Phone: 388-3237.

Enotria Casco Viejo

Yoga, Flexibility and Circus classes, May at El Cuarto Rojo

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo,

El Cuarto Rojo announces its new schedule starting May: yoga, flexibility and even circus for kids!

Check it out here: http://www.latribuperformance.com/page11.htm

Scroll down and you`ll find the schedule.

Where is El Cuarto Rojo? At the end of Calle 5ta and Avenida A, enter by the restaurant Madrigal.