Posted by: pennyinparadise | October 18, 2014

Mini Trips

We have finally settled into the house and projects are under control.   We’ve had the chance to go on mini trips around Panama with friends.

First we went with Peter and Pam from Vero Beach, down to El Valle and the Azuero Peninsula.

Fabulous Vanero Beach in the Azuaro Peninsula where our room had a terrace and hammock

Fabulous Vanero Beach in the Azuaro Peninsula where our room had a terrace and hammock

Horseback riding is a beautiful thing on the beach

Horseback riding is a beautiful thing on the beach

In Playita the resort was covered with ceramics made by the owner, who is a winning jockey on the American race circuit

In Playita the resort was covered with ceramics made by the owner, who is a winning jockey on the American race circuit

In El Valle we stayed at Los Mandarinos and had a fabulous meal at Casa de Lourdes

In El Valle we stayed at Los Mandarinos and had a fabulous meal at Casa de Lourdes

Dining poolside with Pam and Peter

Dining poolside with Pam and Peter

Good for those aching bones..hot tub in El Valle

Good for those aching bones..hot tub in El Valle

Rooms at Playita were created from things found on the beach

Then to Seagull Cove Lodge in Boca Chica

Then to Seagull Cove Lodge in Boca Chica

 

Another trip was to nearby Las Lajas Beach with Nairn, Larry, Pascale, Lenny, Judy, Brenda, Lolli, Becky, Abbey, Jim and me.

We're babysitting a Maltese named Lolli for her person, who has gone on vacation to next-door Colombia

We’re babysitting a Maltese named Lolli for her person, who has gone on vacation to next-door Colombia…she loves Jim.   That’s Larry in the foreground.

Toes at the Beach

Toes at the Beach

Pascale popping the cork!!  She is French and made the most delicious Indian feast one night.

Pascale popping the cork!! She is French and made the most delicious Indian feast one night.

Sand dollar collected in just a couple of hours walking the beach

Sand dollar collected in just a couple of hours walking the beach

Beachcombers

The house we rented was big, beautiful and right on the beach….the dogs Lolli, Becky and Abbey had a ball…so did Nairn (foreground with Becky)

Here’s a video clip of what I’m talking about!!  CLICK ON PHOTO BELOW TO START VIDEO

Brenda & Abbey with Becky at their heels!

Brenda & Abbey with Becky at their heels!

But, at the end of the day, snoozin' is the BEST!

But, at the end of the day, snoozin’ is the BEST!

Local festivals are found everywhere

En route, local festivals are found everywhere

Sunsets over the Pacific are mind-blowing....and different every day

Sunsets over the Pacific are mind-blowing….and different every day

But as fun as it is to travel, it’s always good to return to the cool climate of our little mountain village, Boquete.

But it's always good to return to our beautiful little mountain village, Boquete

Boquete from Jaramillo

Back to the mountains and our favorite sport.

And…back to our favorite sport

Our Trivia Team...called Brain Freeze!

And, back to our Trivia Team…called Brain Freeze!

Here are some video clips of what’s in our face EVERY DAY here in the mountains!!  CLICK ON PHOTOS BELOW TO START VIDEOS

Sunset2

Sunset from our living room

From our terrace one morning

From our terrace one morning

Los Molinos...a favourite breakfast place...Becky in the sun.

Los Molinos…a favourite breakfast place…Becky in the sun.

Venao Beach in the Azuaro Peninsula

Venao Beach in the Azuaro Peninsula

Our next trip will be to the US for Christmas with Chip and family (Jim’s son), and New Year’s with my mom and Paul for his and Maria’s big wedding on New Years Day!!   Stay tuned.


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