July 15th, 2014
Awesome then… amazing now
The Panama Canal, after a century in operation, is still one of the engineering wonders of the world – the “Mars probe” of the Wright Brothers’ days.
Even by today’s standards it is awesome to see a container ship gliding through massive locks and past a rain forest.… Read the rest
February 15th, 2014
By day or by night Panama City’s old quarter, Casco Antiguo, is an attraction to rival the Canal itself.
The walled city was founded in 1673 on a promontory which the city fathers deemed more defensible than the original city on the other side of the bay which was sacked and plundered by the English pirate, Henry Morgan.… Read the rest
February 14th, 2014
Panama City earns its sobriquet “Crossroads of the World”. The fact that so many people pass this way, and so many pause awhile, gives this Latin city a uniquely international feeling.
The city has a population of about 700,000—about the same as Portland, Oregon—and a vitality about the same as a parlay of Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Rome, and Macao.… Read the rest