|Not sure if the bump to the left is considered part of the Azuero or not, but we didn't go there anyway.|
We started out at Atalaya, a lovely little town just south of Santiago known for its Jesús Nazareno de Atalaya pilgrimage church. Some 200,000 people descend on this little town during Lent. Frankly I liked it better in the old photos, where the trim is a beautiful shade of purple. Any way you color it, this is one of the loveliest churches in the country.
|Eglisia Jesús Nazareno de Atalaya|
We ate dinner at a typico (a small restaurant serving typical Panamanian food with limited choices on the menu). I was impressed with the lengths they had gone to prevent their TV from being stolen and watched:
|TV in Atalaya - rather difficult to watch|
|The beautiful but too complicated shower.|
I was able to get those vents near the floor to work,
but couldn't stoop that low to get thoroughly wet.
I don't know about you, but this shower reminds me of Woody Allen's "Orgasmatron" from his movie Sleeper:
|Wood Allen's Version|
|Caballeros on the Beach|
|Beach View at Torio|
|View at the restaurant|
where we ate freshly caught fish by the sea
And my favorite sight of all: giant grasshoppers on the beach. These whoppers were several inches long:
|The feeling of being watched.|
Nice view, but I wouldn't want to live here.
By the second night a plumber had come to work on the toilet. He had lengthened the rod from the handle inside the tank but hadn't attached the rod to the float. In other words, the toilet still wouldn't work on its own. But the receptionist did show me how to work the shower.
Then it was time to move on.