Panama City

A few days ago I finished reading David McCullough’s book The Path Between the Seas. The book is about the building of the Panama Canal. It’s a fascinating book and I was left with an enormous appreciation for the amazing accomplishment that was the building of the canal. So actually getting to see the Canal today was so cool!

We decided to do the Hop on Hop off bus tour of Panama City. We saw some of the houses that were used to house canal workers during the building of the canal and drove by the canal headquarters building.

Then we arrived at the Canal visitors center. As we walked out on the observation platform a big ship was just entering the Mira Flores lock in front of us. We watched for a long time. Before the ship exited the lock a thunderstorm came in and a there was thunder, lightening and a tropical downpour.

We toured the museum, had coffee on the deck of the restaurant and watched the movie.

When we left the visitor center the bus took us by the Biomuseo which is the only building in Central America designed by the architect Frank Gerry.

We got off the bus in the Casco Antigua or Old Town where we explored a bit and then had beers overlooking the Bay and the city. Then we took a cab back to our hotel.

For dinner we walked from our hotel a ways to a wonderful Italian Restaurant called La Vespa. We had a delicious pizza and cheesecake for desert.