Canal: Interesting History, Background, etc.??!!

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#61
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Finally, as we sail away from the canal and Panama City, here is a special angle on a new Panama Canal Museum with a very interesting and contemporary design. Plus, a wide view of the Panama City skyline.:


Sorry, I lost the quote box and my phone doesn't have square brackets.

I love the pics and narrative Terry. I just found a great short video I will add as soon as I stop drowning at work.

One quick correction. The bright building is the bio museum. Sorry, can't spell it the Spanish way on my phone either. It has displays on bio diversity and natural history of Panama. It was on our to do list, but we spent too much time at Casco Viejo and didn't want to take a chance of missing the last bus.

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That is the Museum of Biodiversity or Biomuseo. It was designed by Frank Gehry who has designed a number of edgy modern art types of buildings such as the Museum of Pop Cultrue in Seattle. Guess I just don't get it... looks like Sanford and Son lost a load of sheet metal destined for the scrap yard... sorry .

This leads me another interesting building that Terry grabbed a shot of in one of his great pictures of the skyline of Panama City. As DianeinNY mentioned, I think many are surprised by how modern Panama's skyline is, specially when you have been treated by the looks of Colon, not so pleasant. Terry took a picture of what I think is a most eye catching building (pic below), it is officially called the Revolution Tower, it has a nickname which I will post further down.

The Revolution Tower by Terry



A couple of years ago while on a tour in Panama City I snapped this of the Revolution Tower. Looks like a bunch CD jewel cases stacked on top of one another and given a twist. Locally it has the nickname Screw Tower. Looks like it is getting ready to auger its way up through the clouds. This is more my kinda of "edgy" architecture!



To those of you who have done a Canal transit without at least a stop in either Colon or Ft. Amador (for Panama City) another Canal cruise may just be the ticket!
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Appreciate these updates, added information and the great follow-up from Bill and Ann. Yes, it's fun exploring and seeing these various cultures, lifestyles, history, etc. Very special and interesting in seeing the Panama Canal and learning about its creation/construction.

Getting ready in six days to be departing for Lisbon and our first visit to Portugal. Then, we will be seeing NW Spain, Bordeaux and Brittany also for the first times in these charming regions. Will do a live/blog for these "adventures". Join in and feel free to ask any questions as we sail.

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

Panama Canal? Just completed Feb. 28-Mar. 15, 2017, Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco adventure through the Panama Canal with our first stops in Colombia, Central America and Mexico, plus added time in the great Golden Gate City. Lots of fun pictures!! Those pictures start on the second page, post #26. See more at:
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2465580