Panama — Casco Viejo

Casco Viejo, the historic center of Panama City, is a mix of different architectural styles: Caribbean, Republican, Art Deco, French and Colonial mix in a site of less than 800 buildings. I begin my excursion by heading toward Plaza de Francia, the southern tip of the region. Here one finds vendors, street musicians, and some restorations. Then I start to head more inland, where restorations are less prevalent. At the Plaza de la Independencia one finds the Cathedral, which is striking with its white towers. I spend a lot of time exploring this area as there is a fasciniting mix of the aforementioned architectural styles, in varying degrees of disrepair. There’s also a very good ice cream shop.

Photos taken March 2010 (Fuji FinePix S9000).

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