Casco Viajo: Panama City

Its for sure the most beautiful part of Panama City . Casco Viejo is a place where the time stoped in the 1900. Is a must visit neighborhood for food, drink and shopping. Traditional buildings and churches , boutique hotels and a breathtaking view of the new Panama City.

Explore the rum bars and the Panama Hats shops. Casco is also famous for its rooftops. Look up and enjoy the view.

View of the new Panama City

Not everything in Casco Viejo is innocent so be careful when wondering around in day and night . Ask your taxi driver of the places you shouldn’t go as next to Casco is one of the poorest and most dangerous neighborhood.

Unexpected Bogota

Bogota has been a total great surprise! Bogota is a beautiful destination for a city break that includes beautiful attractions, monuments and a place where people are friendly and genuinely nice.

The area that most tourist should stay is Chico; is an area safe, with beautiful parks, restaurants, hotels and shopping malls. In Chico you feel like you are in an European city. The apartments and the offices are modern, the streets are clean and the neighborhood is full of life . Colombias love their pets and it is very common to see dog walkers with 20 dogs around them or people walking their dogs in the parks.

Downtown Bogota

In my opinion downtown in Bogota is not the most beautiful part of the city. However is a must visit since it has its charm. For example, the Plaza Bolivar is a must visit. The Parliament and the church is a part you cannot miss since is a big part of the Colombian history.

Plaza Bolivar
the Parliament at Plaza de Bolivar

In downtown, we also find the famous Museo Botero, dedicated to the Colombian artist Fernando Botero. The roads around the museo are also very charming as they have a feeling of another century .

The Museo Botero

Monserate

Is a beautiful monastery on top of a mountain . You can reach Monserate via cable car, via train or you can walk up a very long and difficult walk!

For the locals, Monserate is a holy place where people are going to pray and make offerings. Many people told me that Colombians believe Monserate is a holy place where miracles happen. Lot’s of people walk up on their knees to prove their dedication.

On the top of Monserate you can see the full view of the Bogota, you can shop and eat the local delicacies.

the Candelaria graffiti road

New York City: 48 hours in Manhattan & Chelsea

A dream came true ! Visiting New York was a trip with mixed emotions since I had great expectations. Manhattan is for sure an impressive part of NYC filled with beautiful buildings, parks, department stores etc.

I was not thrilled with the Times Square but I believe everyone should have it on their check list.

The Central Park was worth it ! It is definitely a spot which you need to visit and won’t fail your expectations. It is a wonderful place filled with people and many activities. Is very different from the parks in London – like the Hyde Park. The Central Park has more things to do with beautiful lakes and recreation options.

The MET, which is part of the Central Park is the must visit place in NYC. Is a massive museum where you can spend days wondering around.

The Upper East Side , is a beautiful neighborhood just walking distance form the MET.

The National Library; I really loved it. It is everything you expect from an inspiring library. The building is beautiful while the system that is being used inside the library in finding books is the latest one.

Chealsea ! Walking in Chelsea was one of the best parts of my trip. I loved this neighborhood. Its vibrant, colorful, filled with nice buildings and small shops. Its old and new, classic and modern. It is one of the places that makes New York so different. Google has its offices there and you can see beautiful small enterprises.

The city is definitely a sold out destination which has a lot to offer and a visit is always highly recommended.