Living on a Prayer

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on February 6, 2009 by reachdownbetweenmylegs

Albrook airport, the domestic Panamanian airport is about 20 min cab ride ($5 dollars for two) from Sevilla Suites.  Small airport for flights inside Panama and to Costa Rica.  Luckily we got the largest plane (a Fokker) holds about 40 people (2×20 and no jukebox money).  One hour flight to Bocas.  Take off being in the back of the plane was a bit squirrely, the back end had lots of movement.  The flight was rough in spots as we went up through the cloud cover and down into the cloud cover.  Got an amazing view of the Panama Canal soon after we left Panama City.  A few nice stomach falling sensation drops as we came through the cloud cover.  We got a nice view of the Isla Colon as we approached. 

Isla Colon

Isla Colon

Crosstown Traffic and the Magic Bus

Posted in Uncategorized on February 6, 2009 by reachdownbetweenmylegs

We left Casco Viejo at 1300 and our plane was departing at 1530.  Traffic was extremely bad getting out of Casco Viejo back to the hotel.  The local buses are colorfully decorated to the drivers specifications.  Bugs Bunny, Simpsons and Garfield seemed to be the rage.

Magic Bus

Magic Bus

Rock the Casco

Posted in Uncategorized on February 6, 2009 by reachdownbetweenmylegs

crw_00711Casco Viejo was our destination in the morning prior to our departure for Bocas del Toro.  The $4 dollar cab ride for 4 people took us about 15 minutes from our hotel.  Narrow streets with what appeared to be a non-stop renovation of the area.  The Old City is becoming new again.  It appeared safe during the day with numerous police on foot , on motorcycle and in patrol cars.  At night I’ve read safety might be a question.  Narrow streets with 2 to 3 story buildings with balconies and at the tip of Casco Viejo is French Park memorial to the French builders of the canal.  We meandered through the streets and found Granclement.  A gelato shop owned by a French couple.  We enjoyed  Mango-Passion fruit, Basil-Mint, Guanabana and Blackberry sorbet.

Street Scene

Street Scene

It’s Raining MEN

Posted in Panama City Panama with tags , , , on February 6, 2009 by reachdownbetweenmylegs

Bates arrived while we were drinking beer after our dinner at 1985.  Erdinger wheat beer at an open outdoor bar/pub next to Sevilla Suites.  We got adventurous and hailed a cab $1 dollar a person $4 bucks total any where in Panama City.  Destination Radisson Decapolis.  The scene was modern Sushi Bar/Martini Bar.  Blaring trance/techno music.  6 guys to every girl.  All the women in stilettos.  Let the drinking begin.  Caiparinas, Lemon Drop, Hpnotiq Martini, Margarita, and me with my

Hpnotiq Martini & Lemon Drop

Hpnotiq Martini & Lemon Drop

girlie Pina Colada.

Tres Amigos

Tres Amigos

1984 (Van Halen Album) + 1 = 1985

Posted in Panama City Panama, tequila with tags , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2009 by reachdownbetweenmylegs

1985 conviently located across the street from Sevilla Suites.  It’s two restaurants in one.  Rincon Suiza is the Swiss restaurant and 1985 is the French restaurant.  BTW if you need a cab back to Sevilla Suites in Panama City tell the cab driver take you Rincon Suiza if he doesn’t know where Sevilla Suites is located.  Jason, Debbie and myself decided against wine and went for drinks to enjoy in the tropics.  Margaritas, Pisco Sours, and Caiparinas $5 dollars a piece.  The food was delicious and we were extremely hungry.   Parmesan Salad, Hearts of Palm Salad, Prosciutto and Melon, Carpaccio, Medallions of Pork, Shrimp in Cognac Cream Sauce, Homemade Panamanian Coffee Ice Cream.  Le Pigeon it isn’t but for hungry travellers 1985 was great.  NY Times Frommers Review

Ain’t no stopping now……..PANAMA…..PANA

Posted in Uncategorized on February 5, 2009 by reachdownbetweenmylegs

Landed in Panama City yesterday.  The Continental crew played PANAMA as we approached PTY airport.  Jason Korn was on our flight from Houston to Panama City.   We got through customs without any delays and grabbed a cab outside, negoiciated before getting in and decided on the $11 dollars a piece to our hotel Sevilla Suites.  A business hotels sans the Wifi, a kitchenette, a hard mattress and a  small free breakfast from 6 to 10am.

Panama City Panama Skyline

Panama City Panama Skyline

Hello world!

Posted in panama, Panama City Panama with tags , , on December 28, 2008 by reachdownbetweenmylegs

This is my Panama 2009 vacation with friends.  The title of the blog is taken from the song Panama off the 1984 Van-Halen album.

Ah, you reach down, between my legs,
Ease the seat back.
Shes blinding, Im flying,
Right behind the rear-view mirror now.
Got the feeling, power steering,
Pistons popping,

Van Halen