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We arrived in Panama City on Feb 7th about 5pm. By 6pm we were in our hotel room at the Magnolia Inn. The owners of the MI are former Coloradoans, who lived about a mile away from us when we lived in Arvada. Didn´t know them at that time. The recommendation from other Coloradoans brought us to this new hotel. Reggie & Cherie Flagg, opened the MI, forty days ago. The first floor is set up as a youth hostel and the second and third floors have hotel rooms. The bed in our room is the best bed we´ve slept on since this trip started. The building was built circa 1900-10 in a section of Panama City known as Casco Viejo. This is like being in the New Orleans French Quarter, but much narrower streets. Reggie and Cherie have been working on this project for over 18 months, this labor of love has turned into a great boutique hotel and hostel. It is about three blocks from the Panama President´s office, lots of security types in the neighbor, so it is safe to walk about at night. The whole area is going through an urban renewal project, as they would say in San Francisco it is a gentrifying nieghborhood. Many of the buildings have already been completely gutted and only the walls with windows frames are standing. The exteriors will stay the same, but inside deluxe apartment, condos, offices are being built.

Last night we had dinner with two other couples from Grand Junction, CO. This morning we met another couple, staying at the MI, from Littleton, CO. It is incredible that we travelled all the way to Panama and Costa Rica to run into Coloradoans.

Yesterday we rode the Panama City tourist bus, Hop on Hop off, around the city. It took us to all the major landmarks and the canal zone. These are English style double decker buses that permit the rider to get on and off at each site, get back on the next bus and go to the next stop. Without getting on and off the trip is about 2.5 hours, however, we were gone about 5.5 hours. Great way to see the city.

We´re working on our schedule for the next twenty days. Probably heading to the Pacific coast and north toward Costa Rica for the first leg. Then work our way back to Panama City and up to the Caribbean coastal area. However, that could change like the weather, if something else interests us.

The attached photos are from the Casco Viejo area, some finished buildings, the Magnolia Inn and a moon/church view from the MI balcony

Posted by rhislop 11:18 Archived in Panama Tagged churches buildings panama hostel youth inn magnolia casco viego Comments (0)

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