Panama Canal & the lure of the Old City
Panama Canal, Panama
Panama Canal & the lure of the Old City Reviews
Feb 04, 2007
Panama City is a thriving metropolis much like some of the larger cities in the US. We were extremely suprised to find a Hardrock Cafe there as well as a Hagaan Daaz Creamery!
While out exploring by foot, we ran into an older gentleman who offered to show us around in his car for a dollar each, so we took him up on his offer! He took us around the new sections of Panama City as well as the old sections. He seemed as though he knew everyone in Panama, for we were welcomed into all of the museums, theaters, etc. for free!
Casco Antiguo is an area of decaying colonial grandeur, striking architecture, peeling paint and decrepit balconies. Itwas a sobering reminder of what Panama once was. The elegant theater spoke of symphonies and operas of years gone by as musicians practiced for an upcoming performance. Paintings and crafts lay strewn out in the street as vendors displayed their intricate work.
The Panama Canal! Imagine carving out a 51 mile path large enough for boats and steamships to pass through! We took a free guided tour of the facilities, and even tried our hands at attempting to sail one of the ships! Looking down at the canal I watched as two ships entered the lock... one rose as the water filled its cell and the other emptied as it prepared the ship for the lower setting. The history behind the canal is pretty incredible, however, it made me wonder how it affected the lives of the people of Panama.
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