Panama Viejo y Nuevo
Trip Start Jan 23, 2007
120Trip End Dec 24, 2007
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Spent Thursday wandering around the ruins of Panama Viejo on the outskirts of town. It was amazing to imagine the life going on there 400 years ago - still more wonderful to imagine the riches that would have passed through there from South America in its 150 years or so in that position.
The nearby museum had interesting exhibits on the town there and the pirate attacks, and we were pleasantly entertained for a few hours - even managing our daily Strawberry Batido!!
On the way back through town, we stopped at a travel agency to find our planned trip for the next day wasn't possible, as the area is too dangerous now to be visited
This morning, we hurriedly tried to gulp down our moneys worth at the breakfast buffet, to try an make a 8.30 ferry to an offshore island. Unfortunately we couldn't quite be bothered as it was raining steadily - not the best way to spend the last day here being soaked and miserable.
Instead we went to a causeway on that outskirts of the city - enjoying broad views of the city and out to the offshore islands. Isla Tabago, out beyond the 10's of ships queuing up for a canal transit, the place Francisco Pizarro set off on his infamous Peru expedition, and where Pirates sheltered after ransacking Panama in 1671. We were astounded at the price of Rum at the local duty free - sorry Malcolm, a bottle of Myers only costs $9.00NZ here!
Enjoyed a pleasant afternoon sleeping before our boredom in airports and on planes tomorrow, and a huge feed of chinese before successfully completing this!! Yehaa!!
Love to all - will confirm our safety from the British Isles, and write a 'best of blog' of CA.
Until then - tally ho the Fox!!