I took these few pictures just to show where we are.
The Magnolia, we were wandering around little alleys looking for a place to stay. Boris found this in his guidebook. The word "luxury" almost scared us away, but it is luxurious for $15/day and the sleeping quarters have central air. That is luxury indeed.
We could not have stayed here if we still had the bikes. No secure parking
The front gate
Looking up from the street
The street were are on. This area is under major renewal
From one of the balconies
The view down the cross street
Looking in the other direction you can see one of the highrises in the new city in the distance
A close up of a dwelling down the block
We walked around last night and were treated to amazing sights and sounds. There are families living in very basic accomodation in some buildings, some building are derelict and empty, and then right next door there will be a 5 star restaurant or wine bar, complete with men in beautiful tropical suits and women in sparkling party dress and heels, done up to the "nines" I have never seen anything like it before.
There are beautiful squares you can sit in, beside luxury restored apartments, next to empty buildings, we heard the President of Panama lives in this neighborhood and we think we found out where when an armed guard would not let us walk down one street. There is a mixture of bars from very high end to very basic. We of course chose very basic and were surpised to learn that beers were $2.00 we have become conditioned to much cheaper prices. We only had a couple and then just enjoyed the walk around this vibrant neighborhood.