Panama City Redux — Casco Viejo, Fish Market and the Biomuseo

After a week of snorkeling, kayaking, overeating, and cruising the Panama Canal, we are back in Panama City, which would now be near the top of my short list of favorite cities if it wasn’t for its overbearing heat and humidity.20170920_232915

(photo by Robb Geiger)

The UnCruise cruise was great. I’ll tell you more about it in a few days. For now, I just want to fill you in with some photos from our few days in Panama City before and after the cruise.

Our first evening back in the city, staying at the Bristol Hotel in a room even larger and more luxurious than the last one, we went to the Fish Market with a couple of friends for dinner.


Great ceviche, colorful (but loud) scene, and a ton of fried food (next time we’ll order the whole fish instead).DSCF0480DSCF0482DSCF0483

The next day we started at the Biomuseo (The Museum of Biodiversity designed by Frank Gehry). This fascinating museum makes a great case for preserving biodiversity and demonstrates the critical role of the isthmus of Panama, which served as land bridge between North and South America, in shaping the natural and cultural history of the world.P1010297P1010236P1010235P1010241

From there we went to the Casco Viejo, the old city, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is being carefully restored in anticipation of the visit by the Pope in 2019.P1010307P1010288P1010284P1010279P1010274 P1010269 P1010267 P1010266 P1010263 P1010262 P1010260 P1010255

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Our day ended at the roof top bar at the Tantalo Hotel in the old city, with great views of the downtown and one (actually several) of the best mojitos I have ever had. As you can see from a couple of the photos below, this a hip bar for beautiful young people. I felt very fortunate that they allowed a grizzled geezer and his beautiful but significantly older wife into their world for a couple of hours. P1010311



I’ll conclude with a whole bunch of additional photos of the skyline. In the interests of getting this done and getting out of the hotel room into the steam bath of the city, I haven’t bothered to edit or select. DSCF0478 P1010302 P1010299 P1010252 P1010230 P1010229

2 thoughts on “Panama City Redux — Casco Viejo, Fish Market and the Biomuseo

  1. Hi Don from the broiling Midwest. Who knew we couldn’t escape the heat and humidity by coming back to fall in Chicago!! Anyway, think it’s worth mentioning to readers that apparently, many of the new highrises have been built in the last 10 years or less, and on spec, expecting a lot of gringos, or somebody, to show up to buy them. Hasn’t happened. Building owners are stuck with a lot of empty space. One guide suggested looking carefully at the night skyline to notice all the dark units…!

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