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Panama - A Trip Inland (Feb 17)


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Sunday, February 17.

Today started with a climb up Ancon Hill, 3 kilometres from our residence to the top and back. It provides a spectacular view of the Panama Canal, Miraflores Locks, Bridge of the Americas, Casca Antigua and of the skyscrapers of the modern city of Panama. As we walked to the top, we were passed several times by young men on sturdy bicycles - no doubt training for biking competitions. We noticed interesting and unusual flowers growing along the pathway, but have not yet identified them. Any names to offer, please?

it is a steep ride up by bicycle.

it is a steep ride up by bicycle.


What lives in these bushes?

What lives in these bushes?


Can you name this flower?

Can you name this flower?


Here's a better shot.

Here's a better shot.

How about this unusual one. Can you tell me the name?

How about this unusual one. Can you tell me the name?

Lush undergrowth.

Lush undergrowth.

The modern city center of Panama

The modern city center of Panama

Top: Milaflores Locks on the canal, Right: the domestic airstrip, Left: The train carriages loaded with containers. Many cargo ships unload their containers and have them transported by train to Colon on the Caribbean side, where another cargo ship will load them for transport to the U.S. or Europe.

Top: Milaflores Locks on the canal, Right: the domestic airstrip, Left: The train carriages loaded with containers. Many cargo ships unload their containers and have them transported by train to Colon on the Caribbean side, where another cargo ship will load them for transport to the U.S. or Europe.

Far left of the previous picture. Overhead cranes unload cargo ships and stack the containers here. The containers are then placed on the train for transport to Colon.

Far left of the previous picture. Overhead cranes unload cargo ships and stack the containers here. The containers are then placed on the train for transport to Colon.


Bridge of the Americas, just 'downstream' from the previous picture. This bridge is at the mouth of the Panama Canal.

Bridge of the Americas, just 'downstream' from the previous picture. This bridge is at the mouth of the Panama Canal.


The walk down the hill is a piece of cake.

The walk down the hill is a piece of cake.

Carolina, an employee at our building told us about a property that she bought in Chica - a village in a hilly area about an hour or more's drive north of Panama City. We had arranged for Augusto to pick us up at eleven for a drive into the area. The first 30 minutes, we drove on the highway. Then the land became very hilly and the roads became quite bad. We found beautiful views of the countryside, but the land was quite dry. We drove farther and farther into the countryside. At this point we were far more interested in a restaurant than in the scenery! We came to an area with a few houses and were happy to discover one thatched dwelling where a group of people were eating. It had a catchy name ..."Johnies" I believe! It sure looked good to all of us. We were welcomed in, and Augusto went to the kitchen to find out what choices we had. That was easy: Beer or lemonade, meat, yuca, salsa and salad. We relaxed in the shade and enjoyed a wonderful meal.
The countryside is vast and hilly. As the population of Panama is just 3.5 million, it is sparsely populated outside of the major cities.

The countryside is vast and hilly. As the population of Panama is just 3.5 million, it is sparsely populated outside of the major cities.

Nephew Aidan, Eldon, sister Jude and I, thrilled to have found the only restaurant within an hour's drive!

Nephew Aidan, Eldon, sister Jude and I, thrilled to have found the only restaurant within an hour's drive!

Posted by Sue McNicholas 04:19

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I'm sure I've seen flowers like this lots of times when on vacation, but I have no idea what they're called. That's your department! Remember, I'm the family member with the black thumb - all the plants I touch die

by NicoDanu

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