01.21.2014 - 02.06.2014 85 °F
The time speeds by when you are having fun and discovering new sites, tastes and sounds. We've been spending a lot of time looking at various condos in the area from Gorgona to Playa Blanco. Most have some compelling reason to draw the happy vacationer to their area or building. We visited a building in Nueva Gorgona that had the coolest floor plan, three bedrooms, a large balcony facing the ocean and the back bedrooms faced the mountains. Additionally, there was a half bath on the balcony. The major draw back to this cool place was the road and distance to get there. We would need a military equipped Hummer to make it up and down the road, pot holes to eat small children, rocks to crush tires, and you are pretty much isolated from the world. The realtors location, location, location warning is important at this place. No, we won't be renting there anytime soon.
Visiting the Playa Blanco area, we stayed there two years ago, led us to a J W Marriott development hidden away at the end of the road and surrounded by jungle, farmland, a golf course and ocean. A five star resort that is truly off the beaten path. Beautiful buildings, condos, apartments, hotel area, swimming pools and quiet beach. We spent an afternoon there enjoying one of the pools, drinking a occasional beer and eating nachos that were so filling we didn't eat dinner. A place to return to.
We went to El Valle with friends from Panama City. As the perfect tour guides, since they had been there many times and we had only been there once before, we had an excellent day. The village market is a fantastic starting place. Fresh fruits and vegetables from the neighboring farms. We stocked up on spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, etc., for about twenty bucks. After visiting the market we went up to Chorro El Macho (Manly Falls) with our tour guides and another couple from our condo building. The falls are a local attraction that is a short hike into the jungle/woods. Along the way you cross two suspension bridges that wobble and shake as you make your way to the other side. On the second bridge the other hikers were amazed to see Robin Hood and Little John battling it out with their long staffs for bridge supremacy. The contest ended in a draw when the build up of on-lookers started to get impatient.
Lunch was had at La Casa de Lourdes Restaurant. A beautifully designed hotel and restaurant in a Tuscany style. The restaurateur is a very famous Panamanian woman who has hosted many interesting people throughout her career. On one of the bookcases in the lobby was a picture of her and the Shah of Iran. He stayed in Panama prior to coming to the USA and his eventual passing. Lots of old memories about that guy.
As the Denver Bronco primary cheerleaders in our condo building and having the largest deck in the building it was imperative that we host the Super Bowl party. It was a BYOE, bring your own everything, party. One of the partiers told me that she had counted 47 party goers on the deck. We had two 100 square pools, a $200 paying off each quarter and the final score and a $500 winner take all for the final score. My lucky pick brought me the fourth quarter and final score winning of the $200 pool = $110.00 bucks, plus I won $20 bucks in a smaller pool. Even though the Broncos remained in their stalls all night, I won few bucks.
The next day started with God letting us know that he still loves the Broncos....an Orange and Blue sunrise over the Pacific Ocean. A beautiful sight to behold and photograph. Go Broncos.
We're going to continue to look at various properties here in Panama. Hopefully, before we leave we'll have next year's place reserved. Panama may not be for everyone, but it works for us.