Oh You Pretty Things


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Published: July 21st 2018
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The only thing we want to do in Panama is see the canal and fortunately that’s pretty easy to do from Panama City as it’s only 5km from the main bus station to the Miraflores lock visitor centre. In order to see something interesting we need to hang around for a couple of hours, but are then rewarded by the bulk carrier “Pretty Sight” and the car transporter “Courageous Ace” heading south through the locks towards the Pacific. The viewing platform is next to the original locks built in 1913, but there are now a new and larger set about 1km west of where we are built to take longer and wider vessels.

Panama City is quite unlike anywhere else we have been in Central America with an impressive skyline of modern tower blocks. There is an old town which had undergone some major restoration work in the last few years to make it an appealing spot for tourists and the results aren’t too bad. The streets are cobbled, and there are a number of scenic plazas and old colonial buildings and churches. It’s still a work in progress but looks to be the best area to stay – though

Ships approaching Miraflores from the north
not the cheapest. We’re not here but sore staying on the edge of the business district and though our hotel isn’t that great the area has some good cheap restaurants and it is very convenient for the metro and it is only 3 stops to the Albrook bus station.

That is all we manage in Panama, though on the way we did spend a night in David, but didn’t find anything interesting to do there.

Tomorrow we fly to Europe.


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Pretty Sight in the Miraflores lock




Miraflores lock visitor centre viewing platform


Panama city slyline


Church in Panama old town


Panama old town


Panama old town


Panama city old town


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