Friday, April 15, 2011

Girls Getaway to Panama City, Panama - Old World Meets New

The next day we visited Panama Viejo, or Old City. The Panama Viejo Historic Monumental Complex, and specifically the Tower of the Cathedral, is one of the main symbols of the nation. The Old City was the center of expeditions during the Spanish conquest and colonization, as much as the central point in the trade routes of the times. Today, the Archeological Site is one of the most important offerings of the historical-cultural tourism of the country. Since July 2003, the Archeological Site of Panama Viejo has become part of the World Heritage list of UNESCO. To add stark contrast to the morning, our next stop was the MultiPlaza Mall that carries every major luxury brand you can imagine from Tiffany & Co. to Dolce & Gabbana to several non-U.S. brands. I made one purchase in the Felix B. Maduro Department store and had to get out of there as my credit card was already feeling some purchasing pressure.

After my shopping spree, we drove to the Intercontinental Playa Bonita Resort & Spa, which is located on the Pacific Ocean side of the country. The resort is absolutely beautiful and caters to large groups with its various pools, watersports, and sandy beach. We enjoyed oceanfront lunch and I found a beachside canopy bed so I could soak up some Panama sunshine. Please note: I am a trained not try this at home ;)!

Dinner that night was at Luna Restaurante, which served contemporary cuisine with indoor and outdoor seating and a fabulous atmosphere and menu. I became an instant fan once I learned they had La Crema wine available. But the food was just as good as the wine, and we were not disappointed with high marks for the steak, fish and pork.

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