Panama City Journals

Impromptu Panama City

An August 2002 trip to Panama City by binta

Quote: An impromptu trip with little, uh make that, no preparation, was short and relaxing. Our planned Viet Nam trip fell through, so we substituted the lushness of Panama.

Impromptu Panama City

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Overview

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It is hard to find much evidence other than language that Panama City is a Central American city. Outside of this westernized city lies the jewels of nature, pretty beaches, gorgeous forests with unbelievable ferns, palms, and other tropical plants and trees, the majestic and seductive oceans and waterways, and much more. With some time and ability to move around, Panama is a Garden of Eden. I wish I could keep the simpliest of some of the exotic plants alive in my back yard to create the meditational oasis I felt while traveling through some of the mangroves. One of the brightest highlights was the train ride from Colon to Panama City, which was a natural restorative, almost pastoral experience....Read More

InterContinental Miramar Panama

Hotel | "Miramar Inter-Continental"

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A room with a view was very nice. Surrounded by skyscrapers and bay, with luxury yachts moving in and out in the mornings and evenings; the Miramar has location and more location, near the financial district with a full array of restaurants. Room appointments were matching and adequate, though our particular room should be scheduled for paint and new mattresses, immediately, which may explain the special rate room. I doubt if this room is booked often, though it is a room with a view. The spa included a good sauna. For joggers and walkers, the fitness room is no match for the scenic black topped pier that extends from the hotel out to the bay and the waterfront bridge from the hotel leading into tow...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 17, 2002

InterContinental Miramar Panama
MIRAMAR PLAZA BALBOA AVE PO BOX 7336
Panama City, Panama
507-214-1000

Restaurante Tinajas

Restaurant

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Advertised as serving authentic Panamanian food with a Folklorico show Tue, Thur, Fri and Sat, we wanted some traditional Panamanian culture. There is a cover charge of $5.00 for the show and it easily sells out if a tour group prebooks. Reservations for the show are recommended, which we didn't have and didn't get to see the show. The menu offers a mixture of fine Panamanian dishes featuring mango sauce, yucca, plantains, and pixbae. Alchol is served including the Tinajas house drink, which tasted like a very sweet frozen margarita, in a cute little minature red clay pot. All of this is served in a set of nice rooms with native art work on the walls. Service was slow ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 17, 2002

Panama Railway

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Attraction

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Home of the Colon Free Zone and the Gatun locks, we took an air conditioned bus for $2.00, down the scenic Gaillard Highway, thru gorgeous forests where the rain felt right at home to Colon. We exited the bus close to the Colon Free Zone, but decided to walk the blocks where street vendors were camped. Eventually, we hailed a taxi, who took us to the Gatun locks on the Panama Canal, driving us on the road through the locks and up to a make shift observation point. Though there were two ships in the vicinity of the locks, there was no action. The ships were huge, stacked high with shipping containers of different sizes and colors. With lots of advertisement on the highway, the free ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 17, 2002

Kuna Marketplace

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Attraction

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After determining that a visit to San Blas to immerse ourselves in Kuna culture required at least two of our three days in Panama, we decided to settle for shopping for Kuna handicrafts at a marketplace set up in the YMCA. The vendors, mostly, Kuna, an indigenous people, are friendly and eager to share the MOLA, which is the appliqued symbolic artwork on panels of cloth, pillows, coin purses, apparel and other cloth items. It sounds like commercial merchandising, but the symbolic Toucan, fish, butterfly, masks and other symbols are pictured in beautiful bright colors, such as yellow, red, orange, and green against black, brown or red contrasting cloth. The items are truly works of art, with may symb...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 17, 2002