The Colors of Panama

I just returned home from vacation today.  We spent a week in Panama visiting some friends and spent some great time on the beach! 
 Here are a some of the memories I captured through my camera lens.  
The entryway to the house we stayed in Punta Barco.  I can't wait to share the inside of this home with you! 
My favorite spot in the house.  Absolutely breathtaking!
The view I had each morning as I drank my coffee and ate my fresh papaya and pineapple.
My friend and I literally had tears in our eyes when we saw this view for the first time.
Shells the kids collected during the week.
The walk down to the sea.
Tropical flowers EVERYWHERE!
The place to "be still"
The sound of the crashing waves is like no other sound! I can still hear them in my mind.

We had 8 kids that enjoyed this refreshing oasis.  I love the sound of kids having fun!  We adults sat underneath the thatch umbrella and caught up with friends.
The market shopping in Panama City.  All my favorite colors.
Molas handmade by the Kuna Indians.  Such incredible embroidery work made into throw pillows.
Hand carved wooden bowls, flat enough to fit into a suitcase!
The view of downtown Panama City.
Old city Panama.  Architectural buildings that tell such a story.
Amazing textures!
The Zoo in El Valle.  Gorgeous animal.
The sound the Toucan makes is so cool!  Such a jungle sound.
Nothing like a vacation and nothing like coming home renewed!  A vacation blessing I'll never forget.  The rich time spent with family and friends will always be etched in my mind!

(All of the above photos were taken by Ruthie Staalsen)