Casa Vida New Look

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

At the ends of 6th Street and A Avenue is Casa Vida, Casco´s raw vegan store and cafe by Aris Latham. They have re organized the store and now feature clothing made of hemp, candles, aromatherapy oils and handmade soaps along with organic fruits, nuts, smoothies, delicious pies like their Paradise pie and amazing juices.

The owners told us that soon they´ll also include Aris famous vegan hamburgers, pizzas and wraps.

The store is open every day, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Selina Embassy opens in Casco Viejo

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

We love seeing new corners and locales get activated! this is the corner next to Puerta de Tierra by Plaza Herrera, now with “Selina Embassy” a concept from the Selina hostels that serves as a window in Casco for all Selina hostels. It includes a store (everything a backpacker will need!) to a tour guide agency. From free weekly tours of Casco to day trips and more. Just call Pablo Cáceres at 6229-7350 to book one. Welcome!

Maxima Minima art show by Ingrid Cordero

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Maxima minima (maximum- minimum) is the latest art show by Ingrid Cordero.  Her thoughts about an alternative system of clothing production and consumption, where things are produced with the minimum amount of waste or even zero waste.

Where: at Casa Soldado

When: from June 22nd to July 29th

 

Sacred music and organ music at Casco´s churches

Panamá Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Three concerts in Casco for july!

July 6th  7 p.m. , San José church . Zarzuela, sacred music and opera.

July 11th 7:30 p.m. Iglesia La Merced: organ music

July 19th, 7:30 p.m. : Organo and Oboe en Iglesia de La Merced

Panama´s latest news from 1868

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

I was buying a gift at the Canal Museum´s gift store and found amazing treasures. I learned that Panama´s oldest newspaper, La Estrella, has decided to re publish some of the news from early republic and before… way before. Found out that 1868 was a pretty tough year! the Isthmus was a wild place! But then, by 1904, articles included “20 Reasons to Invest in Panama”… I had to buy all the copies. For less than $3 an edition, you get an amazing potpourri of real history, news and adds that are to die for.

What did the “20 reasons” include? go buy the edition at the Canal Museum!

 

 

New Hotel in Casco! Welcome La Concordia

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

I love how Casco continues to transform properties that just a few years ago were considered “outside” of the “area”.  Casco continues to evolve, and now it is the turn for our version of the Five Points, meaning the five corners where Central and 11th street meet.  At this time, four out of five corners are active or will be activated in the next few months. This weekend, La Concordia, the most beautiful one opened. We went to celebrate Father´s day and to take a look! here are some photos.

Contact info: eva@la concordiapanama.com  Phone: 300-1125  Website: www.laconcordiapanama.com

The property has a groundfloor restaurant, 10 rooms and a rooftop terrace with a bar.

 

 

Pre -School in Casco Viejo, Ages 2 to 5

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Casco Playgroup and Tangerine Pre School would like to invite all young families in Casco to know their services and join their pre school in Casco Viejo. They have currently 7 openings for children ages 2 to 5. The school is licensed and is located at Plaza Herrera, by Banistmo. The teacher is Keren Levanon, from Israel, who currently runs a full school in Bocas del Toro called Tangerine.  What a milestone for Casco!

To know more and/or contact Keren Levanon: cellphone 6444 7452  or email tangerinecasco@gmail.com

Each book a story: Arco´s Books

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

At Arco, we love books. The minute you get into our office, you´ll see them all around. Some people use books as conversation pieces, or as part of the decor. For us, it is far more, as each one has a story behind and a reason on why they are there. Many of them were written and produced by friends who live or lived in Casco, or are truly important references for Panama´s or Casco´s history and culture. To feature them all would be too long, but here are some of our favorites:

The Casco Viejo “must haves”:  UNESCO´s books on the architectural patrimony. The orange one was the first one. The green one refers more to the structure of the houses per se.

The Blue Book: Panama´s historic “phone directory”. It is fantastic, we are lucky enough to have an original.  Back when banks had a total capital of $700K and the add was personally signed by the (usually small) group of owners.  Back when pharmacies would sell you some alcoholic drink you trusted as medicine, side by side with soap and gun powder.

Eadweard Muybridge: early photos of Panama, 1886, just in case we get too far with the “nostalgia for old times”.  Older doesn´t mean better! but it is a very graphic reminder of how far we´ve come as a country. Really interesting before the before photos of buildings in Casco.

Art history and art interventions:

  

The first one is about the history of dance and ballet in Panama, which happened to be born in San Felipe. The first national dance school was right next to Clementinas. The second book, Patrimonio Humano, was based on an important art project done years ago to highlight the importance of Casco´s mixed community. A group of artists put together life size posters with all sorts of people and scenes, and they “lived” hanging on balconies, doors and windows for a whole month, connecting people, architecture, history, and opening a space to discuss the future.

From our Casco neighbors:

Photographer Andrew Kaufman, artist Gemma Moore, and beloved neighbor and photographer Ken Milburn (R.I.P.)

Writers: Carolijn Visser and Alberto Gualde (newest kid on our block!)

One of the many reasons I like Alberto´s book on Guillermo Sanchez Borbóns memories is because Tristán Solarte (as he used to sign his works) used to live in Casco. He has vivid memories of Bocas (where he was born) and Casco, specially Santa Ana. But he lived in San Felipe, near Calle 4ta (not on Casco´s side, but way on the other side).  My personal story here is that my grandmother and her sister, when they first came to Panama as kids to study (back then, they would send you quite young), they ended up renting a room in his house.  My grandmother loved poetry and herself was a very artistic lady.  Guillermo Sánchez Borbón ended up being one of the most important writers in Panama. His most famous book, El Ahogado (The Drowned) is part of the readings you have to go through in school nowadays.

So imagine my surprise (I was completely unaware at that time of this particular part of my family history) when I come home, asking my family to buy the book because I needed it for school.  The next day my aunt shows up with an old original, signed by the author himself.  My jaw dropped. I later learned the story.

To re read his memories of his life in this small town is, in a way, to imagine my aunt and grandmother roaming around Plaza Catedral in roller skates. Just as kids do today. Now they know to wear helmets, though!

 

Casco Yoga Challenge: 14 days

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Strength and balance, push your limits for 14 days. Check out Casco Yoga´s upcoming Yoga Challenge, starting June 1st!

Click HERE for their Facebook Page and Tickets

All levels welcome! From complete beginners to students with a long standing practice.

– The dates are 1-14 June 2017.

– Intention of taking 14 classes at Casco Yoga for $ 60!

– Share your experience from on & off the mat practice with #cascoyogachallenge.

– Check our website/link on this event for the current schedule!

– Get a 10 % discount off your next package* at Casco Yoga Panama.

Sign up now!

Payment in cash, credit card/clave at the studio or ask for our bank account via pm or whatsapp +507 62655588.

*Discount for the following packages: 4 Pack, 8 Pack and 1 Month Unlimited and to be purchased before June 19th 2017.

The Pythagoras Method

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

It kind of started as a joke, but I actually tried it with a client who was having trouble visualizing the apartment she wanted to buy on pre sales. When I started in this business I had tons of trouble myself, imagining spaces and sizes so I could relate to her struggle. I am a very visual person myself. So I came up with: “let´s just draw it in the sand” idea, since the beach is literally one block away from Arco Properties office.

So we went there, armed with a measuring tape and a stick.  We spent maybe ten minutes on it. The results were super fun, I mean, our wall lines could only had been described as “free flowing art” and “well intentioned”, but somehow we got the general idea. Now that I think of it, it kind of looked like a Barbapapa house. If you don´t know what I´m talking about, click HERE.

I was feeling so proud. Then a second opportunity came, when friends of ours were having trouble imagining the rooms of another place. I said, “hey, why don´t you draw it at the beach, I just did it the other day and was fun”.   As those internet cliffhanger posts say “we were not prepared for what happened next”.

The photos they sent me were absolutely amazing: a perfectly drawn apartment on the sand: kitchen, bedroom, living room, everything to detail and scale. It could not be any more perfect, not even with real furniture. I couldn´t come out of my shock, I had to know how they did it.  Their response was equally wonderful and simple, all you need is: “1 measuring tape, a stick and Pythagoras method”.

I guess I was short of one item from that list!