Close-up Iguana at Punta Culebra

Summer 2013 Slideshow

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San Francisco de Asis Church, Casco Antiguo

San Francisco de Asis church in Casco Antiguo is such a beautiful and imposing building. The day we visited there was such a deep blue sky – it really makes the pastel lemon and white of the church stand out.

There are so many intricate details, not to mention stunning statues. I think this may be my favourite building in Panama City.

Here is a statue from the tower, presumably of St Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals.

And here is the main man himself, perched atop the roof.

Cats of the Casco Antiguo

The number of stray cats in the Old Town – Casco Antiguo – is quite phenomenal. Panamanians don’t seem to have pet cats the way we do in the UK – they have to fend for themselves. As a result they are all very scrawny but they hang around in large gangs and are very friendly with each other, which is quite different from the territorial behaviour they display in Britain. Here is a picture of just a few of them on a back street.  These ones do not actually look that starved – the moment after I took this picture, a man leaned over the reddish stable-type door and started feeding them!

Here is another stray with a very picturesque backdrop!

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Food of the Gods

We found an American-style deli in the Old Town yesterday and I had my first latte in over 5 weeks. If you would have told me I could go 5 weeks without a latte, I wouldn’t have believed it!
I could picture myself sitting in this cafe with my laptop, updating my blog after my children have started school and daycare. A girl can dream, can’t she!
Saw this Panamanian chocolate there which fits in very nicely with today’s religious theme.

Placido Domingo

I thought I would do a little religious special, as it is Sunday today. I bet you didn’t know Jesus was a Panamanian! Here he is waving his Panama flag in the cathedral in the Casco Antiguo – Old Town.

There were a lot of ornate statues and pictures in this cathedral – here is what I think is an angel emerging from a shell – seriously kitsch!

Have a very calm Sunday – Placido Domingo!