With this image, I end my series on one of the hottest tourist spots in Panama City, seriously competing with the Panama Canal and the Ruins of Panama Viejo. It’s time to move on to something different about this amazing isthmus located in the center of the world. I hope you have enjoyed this journey through Casco Viejo as much as I did preparing the series for you. Good Day.
Archive for February, 2011
The Terraplén was once one of the busiest places in town. It was the entrance to the public market where you could find almost anything you wanted, specially food from the countryside. If you bought fish, several persons at the Terraplén would shave the scales away and remove the guts. It was a beehive full of noise, merchandise movements, crowded bars, housewives buying food or sailors getting ready to sail away to Darien. In a nutshell, the Terraplén was a place of excitement.
Now the Terraplén is gone. Only the memories remain. The construction of the Cinta Costera got rid of the place. If our grandfathers, who must be playing on a moving white cloud would return to Earth and visit El Terraplén, they would think they landed on another country. The entire area looks totally different. When I went there about a month ago, I couldn’t believe my eyes. The change was incredible.
Below are several pictures of how the area looks now. Compare it to the Terraplén of your memories and you will see the dramatic difference. Yep, Panama is changing very fast as it races to join the countries of the First Word. Here we go.
If sight-seeing, architecture, and traveling is your cup of tea, please come again tomorrow for more exiting pictures of this amazing place in the middle of the world called Panama. I’ll be waiting for you right here at Lingua Franca. Good Day.
Without hesitating one iota, I would say that the Casco Viejo is the soul of Panama City. It’s where the country was born. It’s here where the Presidency of the Republic is located and where the official ceremonies of the nation are carried out. This is where the Metropolitan Cathedral displays its solemn structure. Casco Viejo and the Republic of Panama are one. When you walk through the narrow streets covered with red bricks, you can feel History resonating inside the walls of its old buildings. This is where “the walls come down and the soul comes into view.”
Below are several scenes of Casco Viejo which reminds us of how it was when our country was young, vigorous and full of hope for a better future. We’ve come a long way, but there’s still much to be done. Here we go.
This famous street is located at 12th Street East between Avenida B y Avenida Norte. A charismatic man called, don José López, who was deeply loved in this section of the city was called “El Ñopo” which means white man with blonde hair—fulo.
The Panama Government has fully realized that Casco Viejo is a gold mine. The amount of fresh money that is flowing in due to foreign tourist coming into the country has surpassed the revenues of the Panama Canal. Tourism has become a gold mine for the country. Casco Viejo is unequivocally one of the hottest tourist spots in the country which attracts swarms of visitors competing face-to-face with the Panama Canal and the Ruins of Panama Viejo.
In an effort to maintain the mojo of the area, the old and dilapidated structures of Casco Viejo will be revived without changing the outer appearance of the edifices. The idea is to keep the original architecture style intact and transform this unique area of the city into a formidable cash cow. It has been done in Cartagena, Colombia and San Juan, Puerto Rico with amazing success.
Below are several pictures of buildings at Casco Viejo which have been renovated by private investors. The results are eloquent, in search of a better word. Here we go.
If you enjoyed viewing these pictures, I’ve got good news for you. There are more in the pipeline. Please return tomorrow to this same place and recreate the past exactly as it was. Remembering is like living again. Good Day.
During a sourjourn to Casco Viejo about a month ago, I happened into an enticing park designed like a cascade. From a small elevation, the concrete cascade dropped gracefully from a tree. I tried my best to capture the illusion of falling water, but it was difficult getting the right perspective. Photography is not as easy as it seems.
Below are several pictures of this concrete cascade in the midst of the nostalgic area of Casco Viejo. I also thought of rice paddies in the Philippines Islands which have this shape, like terraces of different sizes. Here we go.
If you are still interested in viewing more pictures of this nostalgic place which takes you back in time, please return tomorrow. I still have in store more images of this amazing place where time has frozen. Good Day.
Due to the hot and humid climate of Panama City, most of the houses built at Casco Viejo were at least two stories high and with attractive balconies where its inhabitants would place rocking chairs and enjoy the gentle breeze of the late afternoon. Some of these balconies were built of masonry and others of iron. These complex ironworks are lovely pieces of art. Many of them still exist.
Below are a several pictures of old buildings with balconies built to enjoy the late afternoon ocean breeze in the old section of Panama City known as Casco Viejo.
Please return tomorrow for more pictures of this nostalgic area of Panama City. Good Day.
Reminiscent of the French Quarter of New Orleans or perhaps Havana, Casco Viejo is the oldest city on the Pacific coast of the Americas. At the entrance of the Panama Canal, just minutes outside Panama City, the city is a true cultural gem.
When the French made their attempt to build the Panama Canal in 1881, Casco Viejo was where they gathered. So Casco Viejo is filled with French balconies and French architecture which overlaps the Spanish architecture. The Caribbean vibe crept in over the years, making this one of the most interesting architectural and cultural sites in the world.
The buildings that line the narrow, brick streets of Casco Viejo, many of which have expansive balconies, reflect Panama’s rich architectural styles and diverse cultures. Casco Viejo is the focal point of Panamanian architectural history, with its picturesque buildings, wide streets composed of red bricks, churches, ruins and museums. It is here, together, where the identity of Panama City and it’s people is best illustrated.
Below are several pictures of a place I call the soul of Panama City only equal to Cartagena in Colombia, Havana in Cuba and San Juan in Puerto Rico. Here we go.
There are more romantic pictures of this architectural gem waiting in the wings. If you are still interested, you are warmly welcomed to return tomorrow. Good Day.
Lines play an important role in the art of photography. One of these types of lines are converging lines, like the ones you see in this picture. Take notice of how wide the street is on the foreground and how it narrows down as you look towards the background. This convergence creates an illusion of depth in a two-dimensional picture. It also leads the eye towards the end of the street.
Please come again tomorrow if you are interested in viewing more pictures of the Panama Old Shell. It is similar to the ones at Cartagena, Colombia, Havana, Cuba and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Good Day.