PANAMA

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THE SKYLINE OF THE MODERN PANAMA CITY- PANAMA CITY, VILLE NOUVELLE, VUE DE LA DIGUE AMADOR.  L’ORAGE FUT VIOLENT!
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CHRISTINE OUTSIDE THE FRENCH EMBASSY IN CASCO VIEJO – DANS LA VIEILLE VILLE, DEVANT L’AMBASSADE DE FRANCE
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A HOUSE IN CASCO VIEJO – UNE MAISON RENOVEE DE LA VIEILLE VILLE.  IL RESTE ENVIRON 50% DES BATIMENTS A RENOVER..
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THE ARCHITECTS OF PANAMA CITY ARE NOT AFRAID TO COME UP WITH SOME PRETTY WACKY DESIGNS. THIS IS THE  MUSEUM OF BIODIVERSITY – MUSEE DE LA BIODIVERSITE EN CONSTRUCTION.  NON, CA NE S’EST PAS ECROULE!
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‘BRIDGE OF THE AMERICAS’ THIS IS WHERE THE PAN-AMERICAN HIGHWAY CROSSES THE PANAMA CANAL – LE PONT DES AMERIQUES.  LA ROUTE PANAMERICAINE TRAVERSE LE CANAL DE PANAMA.
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THIS YEAR THE PANAMA CANAL IS CELEBRATING 100 YEARS  OF OPERATION – LE CANAL DE PANAMA A 100 ANS. CETTE ANNEE. 
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A CRUISESHIP PASSES THROUGH MIRAFLORES LOCK ON HER WAY FROM THE PACIFIC TO THE ATLANTIC – NOUS ASSITONS AU PASSAGE D’UN BATEAU DE CROISIERE A L’ECLUSE DE MIRAFLORES.  IL LUI FAUDRA 8 HEURES POUR PASSER DU PACIFIQUE A L’ATLANTIQUE.
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THE FRENCH BEGAN WORK ON THE CANAL IN THE 1880S, MUCH OF IT FINANCED BY PRIVATE INVESTORS. THE DIFFICULTIES WERE GROSSLY UNDERESTIMATED, RESULTING IN THE COMPANY BEING LIQUIDATED. 22,000 WORKERS LOST THEIR LIVES DURING THE CONSTRUCTION ATTEMPT, MOSTLY DUE TO DISEASE.  HAD YOU BEEN A SHAREHOLDER THIS IS WHAT YOUR SHARES MIGHT HAVE LOOKED LIKE WHEN STAMPED WITH THE WORDS: COMPANY IN LIQUIDATION – UNE ACTION ESTAMPILLEE ” SOCIETE EN LIQUIDATION”.  LES FRANCAIS COMMENCENT A CREUSER LE CANAL EN 1880.  L’OPERATION EST FINANCEE PAR DES INVESTISSEURS PRIVES MAIS LA TACHE EST PLUS COMPLIQUEE  QUE PREVU ET LA SOCIETE SERA LIQUIDEE – PALUDISME ET FIEVRE JAUNE  TUENT 22 000 TRAVAILLEURS.
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THE CITY OF COLON, ON PANAMA’S CARIBBEAN COAST, HAS A BAD REPUTATION FOR VIOLENCE., THOUGH NONE WAS IN EVIDENCE AT THE 3RD INTERNATIONAL AFRO-FESTIVAL – COLON, COTE CARAIBE EN ATTENDANT NOTRE ROULOTTE EN CONTAINER: 3 IEME FESTIVAL  INTERNATIONAL AFRO-CARIBBEEN .  JE DIRAIS PLUS LOCAL QU’INTERNATIONAL MAIS LES AFRICAINS  VOIENT GRAND.   MAIS  QUELLE  BELLE FETE. NOUS ETIONS LES 2 SEULS BLANCO PRESENTS.
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REVELLERS ENJOYING THE FESTIVAL.
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COSTUMES FOR THE DANCERS HANG FROM A TREE – COSTUMES DE FETE
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CHRISTINE WITH WILFRIED AND WALTER, OVERLANDERS SHARING OUR CONTAINER. HERE WE ARE WAITING AT THE PORT IN COLON FOR THE RETURN OF OUR VEHICLES.- LA ROULOTTE A PARTAGE SON CONTAINER AVEC LE LAND-CRUISER DE WIFRED ET LA MOTO DE WALTER.  BIEN DE CIRCONSTANCE NOTRE ABRI FAIT D’UNE MOITIE DE CONTAINER EN ATTENDANT NOS VEHICULES. AU PORT D’ARRIVE.
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THIS IS CASSIE THE FRIENDLY COCKATOOO AT XS MEMORIES CAMPING – CASSIE LE CUCKATOO AUSTRALIEN VIT DANS NOTRE CAMPING ET FAIT DES CALINS A QUI VEUT BIEN 
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ANOTHER RESIDENT OF XS MEMORIES CAMPING WHO DOESN’T LOOK QUITE SO FRIENDLY –  UN AUTRE RESIDENT DU CAMPING……JE N’AI PAS TESTE LES CALINS DE LA TARANTULE!
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IN CHITRE, WHILST BOOKING OUR CAR IN TO BE SERVICES, ME MET GEOFF AND CAROLINE, AN AUSTRALIAN COUPLE LIVING AT VENAO BEACH. THEY KINDLY INVITED US TO STAY IN THEIR GARDEN AND LOOKED AFTER US WITH GREAT HOSPITALITY – DANS LE POTAGER DE GEOFF ET CAROLINE ….NOUS RENCONTRONS CES AUSTRALIENS BIEN SYMPATHIQUES AU GARAGE TOYOTA, LORS D’UNE SCEANCE  ” UNE-REVISION–MAINTENANT-S’IL VOUS PLAIT “. CA NE MARCHE PAS CETTE FOIS, IL FAUDRA REVENIR 2 JOURS PLUS TARD.  NOUS  SOMMES INVITES A ALLER CAMPER DANS LE JARDIN DE LEUR VILLA EN BORD DE MER.  ILS NOUS  CONVIENT  A DINER ET SAUVENT MA SOIREE D’ANNIVERSAIRE!
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ONE OF GEOFF AND CAROLINE’S NEIGHBOURS – UN ARA ROUGE S’INVITE A NOTRE TABLE AU DEJEUNER. IL APPRECIE NOTRE ANANAS EN DESSERT MAIS PREFERE LE PAIN.

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