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Panama - Our Last Day (Feb 22)

sunny 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.

Jude and Eldon at the top of Ancon Hill.

Jude and Eldon at the top of Ancon Hill.

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.
There's not much left of the richest city of New Spain, founded in 1519.

There's not much left of the richest city of New Spain, founded in 1519.


The bell tower of the Cathedral of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción at Panamá Viejo.  Not far away are skyscrapers of the modern city.

The bell tower of the Cathedral of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción at Panamá Viejo. Not far away are skyscrapers of the modern city.


The view from the fourth floor of the belltower would have been a terrible sight in 1671. Pirate ships, headed by Captain Henry Morgan would have been seen bearing down on the city, flying their black flags.

The view from the fourth floor of the belltower would have been a terrible sight in 1671. Pirate ships, headed by Captain Henry Morgan would have been seen bearing down on the city, flying their black flags.

Tall buildings and construction cranes are seen throughout the modern Panama City.

Tall buildings and construction cranes are seen throughout the modern Panama City.


The Revolution Tower, designed by a Panamanian architect was built in 2009

The Revolution Tower, designed by a Panamanian architect was built in 2009


Even at 243 meters tall, the Revolution Tower has to compete with Panama's other skyscrapers.

Even at 243 meters tall, the Revolution Tower has to compete with Panama's other skyscrapers.

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!

Travelling in comfort - Now this is a change I'd better not get used to!                 ....those funny little capsules in first class (thanks to points!

Travelling in comfort - Now this is a change I'd better not get used to! ....those funny little capsules in first class (thanks to points!


Who says there's something wrong with airline food?

Who says there's something wrong with airline food?


.........Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

.........Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Posted by Sue McNicholas 21:33 Archived in Panama

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