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Panama City, Panama: A Juxtaposition

Casco Viejo
Casco Viejo

Panama City is a juxtaposition of old and new. We give some interesting information on Panama City. Our visit to the indigenous tribe on the Chagres River is fun and educational. Al offers up his arm for a small native tattoo. All this and more are on this episode of Stories Faces Places. Remember to join on our website and see the pictures and videos that go along with this podcast, it’s free.

Embera Indians
Embera Indians

Guatemala City, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala Experience

San Antonio
San Antonio

The bloody Civil War of the Republic de Guatemala ended in 1996. Twenty years later, today,  the country continues to grow and prosper. The effort to rid the remnants of war,  hangover warriors  and other ego’s that still reach for power, is helping bring back the peace and beauty that this country has to offer.

 

Oh, we felt safe, with some caution. The heavily armed security guards, and I do mean heavily armed, are posted at most restaurants and establishments. A pistol on the hip and a massive shotgun in the hands, ready to blow anyone’s head off should there be a threat is to some, un-nerving, to me, it is reassuring. He didn’t shoot me. I took it as a sign that he was on my side.

Santa Catarina
Santa Catarina

 

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala is the most beautiful lake in the world, as many have said. Guatemala City is a big city worth visiting. The local people of this country will make you fall in love and want to return. The country is fighting for pure goodness. Join us on this episode of Stories Faces Places.

Panajachel
Panajachel

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Antigua, Guatemala: Your Heart Will Want to Stay

Antigua in the shadow of the Volcano
Antigua in the shadow of the Volcano

It’s rare, but once in that very unique moment, the one you least expected anything, a story, place, and a face reach up and unexpectedly take hold of your heart. It’s an act completely selfless. You feel it. You recognize it. You let it happen because something else is in control, but yet it feels so good to feel something towards another human being. There’s no anger, no sympathy, no other negative feelings to get in the way of this so good feeling. I can only attribute it to what a genuine love might feel like. I felt in complete acceptance of who I was. I felt no judgements. Most importantly, it was me that was feeling it from them. Who are them? The Guatemalan people.

Antigua Market
Antigua Market

The children will take your heart away. I’m not certain how it’s done, but it’s done. I can only guess that Mom and Dad had something to do with it. From our experiences in this beautiful town of Antigua, Guatemala, I can honestly say what I write here is from my heart as inspired and awakened by our visit to this town.

Join us on this episode of Stories Faces Places, Antigua, Guatemala as we introduce you to the wonderful people of this region of the world.

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San Jose, Costa Rica: Scenes from the City

Central Avenue, Broccoli Vendor
Central Avenue, Broccoli Vendor
Inside Chelles San Jose
Inside Chelles San Jose
National Theater, San Jose
National Theater, San Jose
San Jose, Square
San Jose, Square
Central Market Vendor
Central Market Vendor
Laura Walking Through Central Market
Laura Walking Through Central Market
sanjosecrparade
Parade, San Jose

Click here to visit the next Stories Faces Places will return with more Costa Rica. We visit the Arenal Volcano area, stay in a posh hotel in the jungle, interview one of the best Chefs in La Fortuna, swim under a huge waterfall, and share more stories.

Madrid: What area should we stay? Listener Question and Answer

"Live Statue" in Sol
“Live Statue” in Sol

 A couple from California is visiting Madrid in June, to explore the city, see museums, eat good food, and relax.

Q: We’re thinking of renting an apartment for a week in Madrid.  We have seen some units that we like around the Prado, and others around the Puerta del Sol. We like walking to restaurants and enjoying the city ambiance, but also appreciate a bit of quiet now and then.  Any recommendations are appreciated?

A:   Out of the 2 areas you mentioned, choose the Prado area for a more quiet apartment along with easy proximity to the museums, Retiro Park, restaurants, and shops. The area surrounding Puerta del Sol is a bustling, busy area; however there are plenty of side streets that are very quiet at night.  We like staying in the Sol area because it is right in the heart of it all.  All streets radiate from Puerta del Sol like the spokes of a bicycle.  It is an easy walk in one direction to Plaza Mayor, Mercado San Miguel, the Palace, Opera House, and the El Rastro area with the Sunday Market.

In the opposite direction you can walk to the Prado and museum campus along with Retiro Park.

In another direction you find Gran Via and many other shopping streets.

In a forth direction from Sol, you quickly find an endless supply of great Tapas places and restaurants.

Located one block off  Puerta del Sol is the huge department store and grocery, El Cortes Inglese, which makes it very convenient for picking up any items you may need, such as water and snacks, food and any household goods for living in Madrid.

We also enjoy being able to drop into our hotel or apartment throughout the day for a quick rest, and staying in the center of it all provides that with ease. There are so many great neighborhoods in Madrid to explore and stay in, each with it’s own personality.

Enjoy the planning and fall in love with Madrid, as we have! Please contact  us for any other information you may require.

 

World Travel Stories

Sharing Rokia with the Man on the Mountain
Sharing Rakia with the Man on the Mountain

In this episode of Stories Faces Places, we share travel stories from others. Two travel professionals share their personal travel adventures and one high energy travel pro shares a little history on the drink called the Singapore Sling.

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Chicago: Travel Ideas, Food, Oysters, and more.

dsc01957Well, we stopped in Chicago again for a quick two days. Why? No particular reason other than we like the city. So we kicked off our fall tour in the Windy City. Our first stop was Shaw’s Crab House again, of course.

“I hate the slimy little things,” said Laura.

As for me, well, I was not into oysters dsc01962either, but the Shaw’s folks made believers out of us.

 

Join us on this episode for those stories and Laura’s  soap box  stand.

 

 

 

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