Luna de Mel (honeymoon)

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House in Sora (sorry not a rental)
I am a military brat, and lived for a few years in Panama. After our wedding, we decided to hold off on going on our honeymoon .  Instead, we flew to Panama City, Panama a few months later and stayed with family for the first week of our trip.  They were gracious enough to lend us a car and I took my husband to places I used to go when I was young. My goodness how it has changed and grown!  The second half of our trip, my aunt and uncle let us use their vacation home up in Sora as our get away.  We absolutely loved it! Every afternoon it rained and cooled off the land.  We could always count on a rainshower to slow the world down.
Mountaintop view
(not that the world was going fast! The countryside is very 3rd worldish) Loved having coffee and munching on empanadas while watching the clouds roll in with the rain.  We would nap or play scrabble it was so nice.  We travled down to an area called El Valle ( the valley) and walked the market, buying Molas ( sewn tapestries made by the Kuna indians), and trinkets. While in the area we stopped at Nispero, a privately owned zoo. It was cool checking out animals from all over the world.  Several time we went to this fabulous restaurant Casa de Laurdes or Laurde's house.  Literally its her house.  The downstairs is the restaurant and she lives upstairs.  So Delicous! We went so many times and talked with her so often that she gave us her 25th anniversary Cookbook as a honeymoon gift.
Zoom view from porch of house. The water is the Pacific Ocean.
  She even signed it.  I highly recommend making th trip to her house.  At the time she was in the process of building other homes that she would be using as a hotel like set up.  I bet if you look they are probably up.  She has wonderful design taste, to die for food ( she was trained in Europe) and a wonderfully sweet disposition.  My aunt booked us a trip to the Smithsonian Institutes scientific island.  It is a "small" island in the middle of Gautune lake which is used to fill/drain the locks of the Panama Canal. It has been left untouched as much as possible by scientist who study the natural habits of animals.  We were joined by another couple and we trekked through a preset area watching animals in their natural habitat.  It is the second time I have been there, but was so pleased to share the exprience with my hubby.  To show how small our world is, the other couple who are from the north east of the US were clients of my aunt who is a lawyer in Panama. WOW!  Close to the end of our trip we decided to stay at an all in one hotel.  They had free shows, (see pics), horseback riding, a casino, four different restaurants with different types of food, a discotech (club) and tons more.  We loved our trip and would love to buy land, build a home there.  Cant wait to take my lil one there!
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House in Sora (sorry not a rental)
House in Sora (sorry not a rental)
Mountaintop view
Mountaintop view
Zoom view from porch of house.  Th…
Zoom view from porch of house. T…
The view from the porch of the vac…
The view from the porch of the va…
Fountain in front of Casa de Laurd…
Fountain in front of Casa de Laur…
The estaurant Casa de Laurdes...MM…
The estaurant Casa de Laurdes...M…
Entry way into the Casa de Laurdes
Entry way into the Casa de Laurdes
Inside Casa de Laurdes
Inside Casa de Laurdes
Inside Casa de Laurdes
Inside Casa de Laurdes
The backyard of Casa de Laurdes
The backyard of Casa de Laurdes
In the backyard of the restaurant …
In the backyard of the restaurant…
The Market at El Valle
The Market at El Valle
Raspas (snow cones)at El Valle
Raspas (snow cones)at El Valle
Our tour group at the Smithsonian …
Our tour group at the Smithsonian…
Large bug seen during tour of the …
Large bug seen during tour of the…
Fruit bats- Smithsonian
Fruit bats- Smithsonian
Dart frog at the Smithsonian.
Dart frog at the Smithsonian.
Howler monkey - Smithsonian
Howler monkey - Smithsonian
Large spider seen during tour of t…
Large spider seen during tour of …
Looking out at the Panama Canal.
Looking out at the Panama Canal.
Lovely yellow butter fly is runner…
Lovely yellow butter fly is runne…
Horseback riding
Horseback riding
Argentinian dancers during an inte…
Argentinian dancers during an int…
Brazilian dancers at international…
Brazilian dancers at internationa…
Spanish Dancers
Spanish Dancers
Partying it up at the discotech!
Partying it up at the discotech!
Matt and Sarah, some great Canadia…
Matt and Sarah, some great Canadi…
Us at Nispero
Us at Nispero
Ocelot at Nispero
Ocelot at Nispero
Turtles at Nispero
Turtles at Nispero
My old home. Once the military lef…
My old home. Once the military le…
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