The church of Santo Domingo in Casco Viejo, the historic district of Panama City.

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Old meets new. A view of Panama City’s high rises from the streets of the city’s old quarters.

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After decades of neglect, many of Casco Viejo’s former homes, cathedrals, churches and government buildings have been painstakingly restored and now house museums, shops, hotels, restaurants, and renovated homes. Other buildings remain the homes of the city’s poor and are still in disrepair or complete ruin.

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After decades of neglect, many of Casco Viejo’s former homes, cathedrals, churches and government buildings have been painstakingly restored and now house museums, shops, hotels, restaurants, and renovated homes. Other buildings remain the homes of the city’s poor and are still in disrepair or complete ruin.

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A moment’s respite to check his phone.

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Inside the gorgeous Catedral Metropolitana.

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I don’t have Instagram. My memory is photographic.

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Perfection in the old quarter.

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After decades of neglect, many of Casco Viejo’s former homes, cathedrals, churches and government buildings have been painstakingly restored and now house museums, shops, hotels, restaurants, and renovated homes. Other buildings remain the homes of the city’s poor and are still in disrepair or complete ruin.

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After decades of neglect, many of Casco Viejo’s former homes, cathedrals, churches and government buildings have been painstakingly restored and now house museums, shops, hotels, restaurants, and renovated homes. Other buildings remain the homes of the city’s poor and are still in disrepair or complete ruin.

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My favorite kind of door…blue.

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A view of Casco Viejo from the distance.

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Welcome to Casco Viejo.

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After decades of neglect, many of Casco Viejo’s former homes, cathedrals, churches and government buildings have been painstakingly restored and now house museums, shops, hotels, restaurants, and renovated homes. Other buildings remain the homes of the city’s poor and are still in disrepair or complete ruin.

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Inside Cafe Unido at the American Trade Hotel, where you can enjoy Gesha coffee, the world’s most expensive coffee, which I thought was
meh.

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Fonda Pritty Pritty, at lunchtime.

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Ruins of the Iglesia Santo Domingo, a church that was originally constructed in the 17th century, then destroyed in a fire in 1756, except
for the arch that still stands today. The ruins are finally being restored today.

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Disrepair perfection.

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After decades of neglect, many of Casco Viejo’s former homes, cathedrals, churches and government buildings have been painstakingly restored and now house museums, shops, hotels, restaurants, and renovated homes. Other buildings remain the homes of the city’s poor and are still in disrepair or complete ruin.

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