Two Words: Casco Viejo

Sep 12, 2014


When we started our day today, we didn't have much of a plan as to how we wanted to spend our day. It looked a lot like rain and I was still getting over a head cold and dealing with some newly acquired stomach issues. Teague suggested taking the long walk over to Casco Viejo, with a quick stop at the Fish Market for some ceviche. I happily obliged. I knew a little bit about the area - that it's the "Old Town," and was the site of the original Panama City (after the first was burnt to avoid pillaging from Pirate Henry Morgan) - but that was about it, so I really had no idea what to expect. Approaching Casco Viejo from Downtown Panama City along the waterfront, it allows for very few hints as to what's inside until you're nearly on top of it. 

Boy, was I in for a surprise! 

It took approximately 30 seconds for me to declare my love for this beautiful area. Built, obviously, with a heavy Spanish influence in the late 1600's, Casco Viejo is reminiscent of Madrid in a stunning way. I spent the next two hours word vomiting about how much I just loved the area! In fact I started running out of words in my vocabulary trying to verbalize my feelings for it. I just love, love, love it! I went as far as to say that I was obsessed with it. I hadn't come across anything in our five months of travel as beautiful as this. It's full of jaw-dropping architecture, adorable bars, restaurants and cafes, fancy hotels and the like. And just for you, here's a visual representation of my feelings towards Casco Viejo:




I took some pictures of it, however I fully believe that they do not come close to doing it justice. Partly because these photos were taken with my crap phone, partly because I was constantly moving for most of the photos, and partly because it was cloudy and rainy! 



Roam on!




Written by Jen Hays
Jen is a marketer with a passion for the digital world and an insatiable desire to travel and explore all that the physical world has to offer; marrying the two to share her experiences with and inspire all who join her along the way.

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