Panama 2014

Panama CityCasco Antiguo (old town) 1673One of many churchesPlaza BolivarMixing the old with the newBridge of the AmericasLocal bazaarSan Jose ChurchThe Gold Altar that was saved from the pirate Henry MorganTide is out stranding the fishing boatsThe fish marketCinta Costera ParkAll the playground equipment in this spot was exercise equipment. What a great idea.Vasco de BalboaTide out at the marina. Some nice boats to leave sitting in the mud.Revolution Tower or better known as the Screw TowerThe old city buses, each one with its own special paint jobThe ruins of La Vieja 1519 (the origional city before it was destroyed by the pirates)Local dancers in their native costumesMiraflores Locks (Pacific side)A cruise ship came through while we were thereStarting to lower itJust about loweredTight squeezeWhat it looks like from the bridge of a cargo shipThe new wider canal locks starting in the backgroundBackhoe removing the hillGatun Locks on the Atlantic sideNot much rome for errorThe ship being guided by small locamotivesGates openningTwo sets of locks side-by-sideWorking on the new wider set of locksColon on the Atlantic side.A much poorer city, with a high crime rateShips traversing Gatun lakeLocal inhabitant along the banksCar mover on Gatun LakeMonkey IslandTouring Gatun lake channelsOne of many dredgesDredges are used both to keep the existing channel open as well as widening it as part of the expansionA Mule, used to help steer the shipsTugs at GamboaOur local transportToday we took a boat through the canal, entering Miraflores LocksCranes used to unload the ships that are to large and then rail the cargo across to the Atlantic sideWe went trhough with this shipTourists waving to the touristsEntering the Culebra cutGamboa Jungle ResortView from the roomOur crew watching the football gameGamboa resort from the waterVisited a local Embera village.Dancing for usTheir homesReminds me a little of the AmazonAre these tourists ever going to leaveEye candy for the ladiesThey like to use tatoos to decorate themselvesHome under constructionThis one is nearly finishedThe village came out for a pictureNow it was our turnWyndham Resort at Playa Blanca for a little beach time. Carol having a drinkSietsa timeChuck catching up on his readingNice beachesPool bar for when we got tired of the beachShade, water and a drinkAnd a night it was pub timeLunchtime entertainment at Isla NaosFarewell dinner with Jan, Peg and Carol. Parden the really yellow wallsMyself with Bud and DonCarol and ChuckDon and PegFarewell entertainment


Went down to Panama in January to see the Panama Canal, as usual the best part of the trip were the new people I met.  Fantastic operation they have going on, it will be interesting to see it once the expansion is completed.

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