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May 16, 2019 - Beach Day

Today was what they called a day of leisure. We enjoyed all of it. Up and out on the beach about 8. One of the pools is right close so we went between the pool and walking on the beach. Such a beautiful place. We can see many ships waiting to go thru the canal. Seems it is a never ending line. We enjoyed the pool and beach for a couple hours then went in for breakfast about 10. Nice to have any and all the drinks we want. There is a bar right at the pool. I had a Cosmopolitan, Margarita, Atlas beer- Cliff had Balboa beer, Pina Colada,...

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May 12, 2019 - First look at Panama Canal

Our flights from Great Falls were all just fine. We went to Denver, Houston and Panama City. We were a little late coming out of Houston as there was huge rain storms, and had a little turbulence. Made it to our hotel about 930 there was one other guy with us from Grand Junction. It was so nice that all the arrangements are made and we can relax. Someone met us at the airport, shuttle to the hotel, tour guide met us at the door with our room keys and offered us a late dinner from room service. Felt like we were royalty. Neither of us can...

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Mar 2, 2019 - Gestrand in Panama

Na vier uur wachten op Panama airport zijn we de KLM Triple 7 ingestapt. Bien had nog stoelen met extra beenruimte geregeld. We zaten lekker voorin, vlak achter de business class. Lang verhaal kort, na 4 uur moesten we er weer uit. Lekke watertank. Met bussen naar een hotel gebracht. Om half 1 's nachts zaten we in het restaurant van het hotel. Bien met een met moeite verkregen glas rode wijn, zat niet in het KLM pakket, en ik met een glas water en sla. Mijn darmen waren wat van slag geraakt vlak voor vertrek. Maar dit is wel het mooiste...

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Jan 3, 2019 - Quick trip to Panama City

After recovering from New Year's Eve and New Year's day we had to pack. We were off to Panama City to complete our immigration. Our appointment was at 9 am on Jan 3 and so we opted to go the day ahead so we would not have to deal with traffic. Our plan was partially successful, we left at noon expecting to arrive around 130. We did run into a lot of traffic headed back into Panama City. As I noted yesterday many people come to the beach on days off so many were headed back to the city as well. The traffic added about 30 more minutes which...

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Mar 9, 2018 - One Million Forty Seven Thousand Six Hundred And Thirteen Steps

Final step count as at Friday morning before we head to the airport. ONE MILLION! FORTY SEVEN THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED AND THIRTEEN Yes that's 1,047,613, we did it just as our travel log indicated a million steps and a few thousand more!!!!! There will be a few thousand more today walking around the airports but I will have to complete the final counts of all our journey when at home on Saturday. I hope you have found my travel log, interesting, amusing and sometimes funny. I have tried to tell the back stories rather than we did this and that....

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Mar 8, 2018 - Back to the American Trade Hotel

As we left the islands, the white faced monkeys came down reception to see us off and give me the opportunity for one more photo shoot to get some decent photos. It seemed to go reasonably well photographs attached. Had an afternoon flight off the islands, which was initially bumpy because of the low clouds and rain. But landing back in Panama after flying over the Pacific Entrance to the canal was hot and humid. We were met by Danial and his driver this time was his wife, Amy. She works for Copa airways and is herself flying to Washington...

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Mar 1, 2018 - Trip through Panama Canal

Last night we went to the Jazz club next door, it started poorly because as we arrived the quintet who had been warming up left the stage. We had a drink and some nachos and finally about 30 mins after they were due to start they returned. The story they told was how the double bass influenced the Jazz sounds and key composers. However the story fell flat but the group put together some lively numbers to keep to us awake. Up again earlyish as we will be sailing through the first two,stages of the Panama Canal from the Altlantic towards the...

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Feb 28, 2018 - Off to see the Panama Canal at its first lock Miraflores

Easy start to to the day with Daniel our guide and his cousin as his driver. Fortunately they turned up in a smarter car today, as yesterday's airport pick was in a clapped out Suzuki something that no very little boot space and seat belts that failed to work. Our history lessons start almost immediately and it was all very interesting and some of it a lot more recent than we knew. Like American only supported the management and final organisation as late as 1959 and only recently transferred its ownership back to Panama in 2000. American...

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Feb 27, 2018 - Defying gravity in Panama

Punte Chame has been the winter home of our friends Gary and Shenta Arnold for several years, and we decided joining them would be a great way to start our first winter retirement trip. This windblown spit of sand almost directly across from Panama City is a breeding ground for stingrays and awash with jellyfish – not my kind of swimming beach at all. It is, however, very windy and perfect for kiteboarding, which has become Gary’s passion and like me with my climbing, he enjoys sharing his knowledge and works as an instructor more for fun...

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Feb 26, 2018 - Arrived in Panama

It was great flying in over Sanblast an island off the Panamian Coast in the Caribean Island. Panama sky line looking like Dubia or Singapore with all the new shiny skyscrapers and with the continued $3Bn a year revenues form the canals, providing there is reduced corruption, the investments in infrastructure will continue. We head down into the old town another UNESCO world heritage site and we are at the American Trade Hall, a 1910 building which used to accommodate all the trading of goods from the South Americas into America. The layout...

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Feb 19, 2018 - Panamá City (In Transit)

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD When we booked our airline reward tickets from Mexico City to Bogotá, the route took us through Panamá. As we flew past the entrance to the famous canal and then just off the coast near the city itself, we were reminded of the three weeks we’d spent in a lovely AirBnB apartment in the historic district. Many of the crumbling old buildings were being restored and remodelled, in fact our apartment was in one of the first to be completed. Most of the narrow cobblestone streets were torn up and work was underway to...

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Jan 22, 2018 - Panama Canal

Mon Jan 22 Today was the best! We did the Panama canal transit and it was spectacular. We started around 7:45 am and it went until about 5 pm or so. Here are some facts they shared with us. They may be boring to some, but I want to remember them through my blog. The canal uses a system of locks that raises ships 26 meters from sea level to the level of Gatun Lake allowing ships to cross the Continental Divide. Then another set of locks lowers ships to sea level again. We were lucky and got to experience the old locks. To give perspective...

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