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Travels With Hobart: Panama in 14 Photos

Our "Budget Travel Convert" reports back from a recent trip to Panama.

By , Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 4:00 AM

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Panama City

Miraflores Lock is the first lock on the Panama Canal as you enter from the Pacific.

(Courtesy Hobart Fowlkes)

Panama City

Two ships on the Miraflores Lock.

(Courtesy Hobart Fowlkes)

Ships waiting their turn to pass from the Pacific to the Caribbean via the Panama Canal.

Ships waiting their turn to pass from the Pacific to the Caribbean via the Panama Canal.

(Courtesy Hobart Fowlkes)

Panama City

The Panama City skyline.

(Courtesy Hobart Fowlkes)

A view of new Panama City from the old town.

A view of new Panama City from the old town.

(Courtesy Hobart Fowlkes)

Panama City

The ruins of a Spanish Colonial Church in the heart of Old Panama City.

(Courtesy Hobart Fowlkes)

A typical street in Old Panama.

A typical street in Old Panama.

(Courtesy Hobart Fowlkes)

A resident of Old Panama.

A resident of Old Panama.  The old town is comprised of new property owners who typically own expansive, renovated mansions and individuals who have been here for generations and live in more modest dwellings. It's a strange juxtaposition of rich and poor.

(Courtesy Hobart Fowlkes)

 A house in Old Panama that was bought and restored. It has a gorgeous terrace with a view of the Pacific.

One of the nicer houses in Old Panama City. This building has a gorgeous terrace with a view of the Pacific.

(Courtesy Hobart Fowlkes)

Panama City

A resident of Old Panama City with her cat.

(Courtesy Hobart Fowlkes)

Panama City

An old-fashioned poster advertising a Panama hat (they sell them everywhere here!).

(Courtesy Hobart Fowlkes)

A stack of Panama hats.

A stack of Panama hats.

(Courtesy Hobart Fowlkes)

Panama City

The main entrance to the Royal Decameron resort, where I stayed.

(Courtesy Hobart Fowlkes)

Merriment by one of the many poolside bars at the Royal Decameron.

Merriment by one of the many poolside bars at the Royal Decameron.

(Courtesy Hobart Fowlkes)