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Panama Day Eight – a secret Pacific Ocean beach paradise…..

Panama Day Eight – a secret Pacific Ocean beach paradise…..

It wouldn’t have been too much of a stretch to walk down to the beach – it wasn’t exactly far.  Going down in M’s beach buggy, however, looking as it did like something from Mad Max, was much more fun – and the cool box full of beer was quite heavy anyway.  As we raced […]

Panama Day Seven and Eight – El Valle – Panama City – Pacific Ocean

Panama Day Seven and Eight – El Valle – Panama City – Pacific Ocean

It was sun set before we drove back to Panama City, but the sight of the sun burning out and surrendering to the moon as we travelled back was incredible, as the jeep windows were down and we were able to gulp down our last taste of fresh  mountain air at the same time.  Vero […]

Panama Day Six – El Valle

Panama Day Six – El Valle

A feast of a breakfast prepared by the 2 live-in helpers greeted Vero and I as we emerged bleary eyed from our quarters.  JR had opened up a can of Panama beer to ‘clear my head’ as he put it.  I took my cup of tea outside and sat on a bench at the front […]

Panama Day Five – San Blas – Panama City – El Valle

Panama Day Five – San Blas – Panama City – El Valle

In Panama, I discovered, it’s possible to have breakfast on an island in the Caribbean, lunch in the city, and dinner in a deliciously cool mountain retreat.  Today, breakfast was on the exotic desert island paradise of San Blas, lunch was a taco bell in hectic Panama City, and dinner was a meat feast in  […]

Panama Day Four – San Blas Islands

Panama Day Four – San Blas Islands

The sun was still reluctant to show itself….but it didn’t detract too much from the overall desert island experience.  After breakfast we headed on the boat to do some snorkeling, though it was difficult due to the choppy water.  We did manage to see some starfish however, and held them under the water.  From here […]

Panama Day Three – San Blas Islands

Panama Day Three – San Blas Islands

I wasn’t quite sure why we were stocking up on so much beer and abuelo rum, vodka, coke, soda, crisps, biscuits and loads and loads of ice at 6 in the morning.  When we got to our desert island paradise in San Blas (“Panama’s secret – don’t tell anyone!” as M’s cheerful brother A kept […]

Panama Day Two – Panama Canal and Panama City

Panama Day Two – Panama Canal and Panama City

A breakfast buffet is a good barometer of a countries economic outlook.  This one, at the Rui Plaza, was a feast of everything you’d ever want for breakfast – and to top it off, they had grapes as part of the extensive fruit selection.  Yes, grapes.  Life is good in Panama.   A visit to […]

Panama Day One – Panama City

Panama Day One – Panama City

  The airport in Panama is a glorious contrast to the one in Caracas.  Short immigration lines, TV screens proudly beaming images of Panama, shops aplenty giving away free samples of booze, a smile on the faces and a spring in the step of the local workers, fresh, clean, optimistic, open and welcoming to foreigners […]

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