I received an email this morning with a YouTube video that had music from the Bee Gees placed with many old movie clips. While the music is from my time and I have always liked it, what made this so interesting was to see Fred Astaire and so many movie stars dancing to it.
If you have a little time to spare, you might enjoy THIS VIDEO. See how many stars you can find. I will give you a couple you might miss on the first viewing. Frank Sinatra and Jimmy Durante.
I was just looking at the Chiriquí Chatter Photo Album and see that there have been 97940 viewings of the 2587 photos in the albums. The albums are organized by year and then by category withing year. If you have seen Boquete recently, you might like to see its photos in 2003 before the enormous change hit. If you click on the photos in the album, you will see a larger photo.
There is also a Chiriquí Chatter YouTube area that contains many videos of parades and other events that have occurred in Panama that I captured.
This may be my last non-scheduled post for a few days. I wish you all a Merry Christmas. Make sure to give those you love the hugs and kisses they deserve.
Yesterday evening was a special time for me. I was invited to Jajaira and Angel’s wedding and the festivities afterward. Yajaira has been a special friend since I met her a couple of years ago at Optica Lopez. Subsequent to that I have gotten to know Angel when he attended a couple of my birthday parties with Yajaira.
I hadn’t realized, when I received the invitation, what a great event I was going to get to observe. The wedding took place at a local Catholic Church. While both Yajaira and Angel are from Bugaba, I have to believe that this church was chosen because it would handle a large group and being in David, it was convenient for the following activities which took place in a large building on the fair grounds. Continue reading Congratulations Yajaira and Angel→
The Moon Valley Jazz Night # 1 was a complete success. Many thanks to the Familia Tribaldos for hosting such an extraordinary event in their house. I truly enjoyed the entire evening.
Everyone started off the evening with a very refreshing fruit drink. It had pineapple and several other flavors, and came from fresh fruit.
That was followed up with some appetizers, which were meat empanadas and ceviche cups. Sorry, I didn’t take photos of those, they didn’t last long enough. They were both great, but I particularly enjoyed the ceviche.
The main course was a seasoned chicken dish. I have no idea what the orange colored vegetable was, but it was very tasty.
All over Panama today there are parades going on. Boquete had a nice one and if you want to see how it went, check out Lee Zeltzer’s Boquete Guide Blog.
I took about 130 photos of the parade in David. I am going too show a fair number, but all will eventually get loaded into the Chiriquí Chatter Photo Album.
Ok. Ready for the parade? The day is perfect. The temperature is probably about 88-91. There are a couple of things I want to point out about the photos in general. First, this is a small town parade. The crowd lines the street and will freely cross the street as the parade goes on. You will tell from my photos that I am almost a part of the parade.
You will see several people that will be walking with the schools. Some may be faculty and some may be parents that are carrying water to give their child during the long walk. There are also many street vendors that will be trying to sell small items or food or drink.
With that, let’s get started. I got to the Parade area just after the first group had passed. Some were still there and this is a photo of two cute little ladies. The one on the right spoke very good English.
Besides being the Independence from Spain Holiday, it is also the day that recognizes the firemen of David. This could be true all over Panama, but I do not know that. I heard yesterday that there was going to be the annual Parade of the Firemen in the evening. Since I had never seen it, I decided to head down to the center of town.
I got there about 8:00 PM and I could not believe the crowd. This was obviously a bigger deal than I had thought it was. Hundreds of people lined the streets awaiting the parade to begin. Here are a couple of photos of the growing crowd.
Being Sunday, for my drive today, I decided to go out to Playa La Barqueta. I think the last time I was there, was a year ago when I took photos of Maricial releasing turtles into the sea. More about that later.
On my drive today, I did find a couple of things that I had never seen before. The first photo is of sugar cane, but it is flowering. I have seen sugarcane growing before, but this was the first time I ever saw long lines with flowers on them.