22.02.2013 - 22.02.2013 32 °C
Friday, February 22.
The last day in Panama is not one for a sleep in. I woke at 3:00 a.m. and figured that it was time to catch up on reading, packing and writing this blog! Finally, at 6:30 it was light and time to wake up the 'hill walkers'.
Eldon, Jude and I took the next hour for the great walk up the hill and the spectacular view. The day was sunny, already 28 degrees and the flag flew dependably north in a light breeze. We looked out again at the skyscrapers of Panama City, and to Casca Antigua, both to the east and at the Panama Canal, and its bridges and cargo yards and trains to the west. Finally, we walked back down the hill, being passed by more cyclists, training for some big event.
There was time for breakfast and a bit of relaxing as Eldon and I waited for our man to take us for a final tour of the ruins of the original Panama city and of the downtown district with the Trump Tower and other skyscrapers. He arrived and we bid our goodbyes. This had been a great family vacation. Jude, Aidan and Yvonne were going to enjoy one more day in Panama.
The Ruins of Panama Viejo are all that are left of the city that was founded in 1519 - the first European city on the Pacific Coast of both Americas. In 1671, twelve hundred men led by the English pirate Henry Morgan ransacked and subsequently destroyed the city.
Well, our trip to Panama is over. It is a great place to visit - some think to retire to. If you are inspired by this blog to travel there, you need to have Augusto's phone number - He will make a good visit into a great one!