Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Visiting the Panama Canal June 2019

One of the main reasons for our traveling to Panama a few days early before our meeting was to take the boys to see the Panama Canal.  I have always wanted to go and it was the perfect opportunity to make it happen. I am not sure who got up that morning more excited- me or them. 

As soon as we woke up we opened the curtains to see if any ships were passing by our hotel.  I just happened to take a picture and video of this ship.  As you will see later in the post, after we arrived at the canal we got to watch this same ship pass through the locks.  It was a really cool moment.

David and Ben waiting on our Uber to take us to the canal.

Welcome to the Panama Canal

A family photo outside of the entrance.

We entered and went straight up to the observation deck.

The same ship that passed by our hotel earlier that morning.

Next we went inside to tour the museum.

The boys loved all the buttons and gadgets and getting to role play as if they were driving a ship.

I think they touched everything in there and even went back one more time before we left to do it again.  They really enjoyed the museum.

a picnic lunch before we left

What a great family experience!  I am so thankful we were able go.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Traveling to Panama June 2019

Back in June we had a work trip to Panama for some training.  It was our first time to visit Panama so we decided to go a few days early to do some exploring with the boys.  We had a wonderful time there.  Panama is a beautiful country!  I will break our visit up into several posts.  The first one will be our travel day.

We had a 6:00 a.m. flight which meant we had to be at the airport super early.  Here we are catching our taxi from our mission house in Guatemala City to the airport at 3:30 a.m.

Boarded and ready to go.  

Welcome to Panama!
The flight was only 2.5 hours long so we had the whole day to play.

Our hotel was less than 30 minutes away.  We got checked in and immediately went out to the balcony to see the view.  Here is a panoramic view of what we saw. What sold us on this hotel was the views of the water.  Every ship that passed through the canal whether coming in or going out on the Pacific Ocean side passed right in front of us.  It was so cool!

Watching a ship pass by.

Another thing I loved about this location was the fact that it had a TGI Fridays attached to it.  You know I love Fridays!!!  We went there for lunch.

The views from the restaurant were just as cool.  Here is a ship we watched pass by from our table.

After lunch we went for a swim.

A view of the Bridge of the Americas from the pool.  Just beyond that bridge is the Miraflores Locks where the ships pass through.

That afternoon/ evening we visited the Albrook Mall.   It was huge and definitely the biggest mall we had ever been in.  We spent several hours just walking around looking at everything. Our main purpose in going was to eat supper at the food court.  We had no idea there would be so many options there.  

clowning around in the mall

visiting the mall arcade

It was a fun filled night and great way to end our first day in Panama.  We were tired though and needed a good nights rest.  The next morning we would be exploring the canal.  How exciting is that?  I'll post about that fun adventure next.
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