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