Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Togo at Farallon



On our second day in Panama, we left the bustling city behind, and headed over the Panama Canal and a lush, jagged landscape to reach the Playa of Farallon. It was a pit stop on our way to the Swiss inspired town of Boquette. Boquette is a rough, 6 hour drive from Panama City. And at an elevation of almost 4,000 feet, needless to say, it is more than a hop, skip and a jump from the beach. So, it was nice to soak up the Panama sun for a sultry afternoon and vibrant morning.


We stayed at a nice little oasis called Togo. The first thing that occurred after parking on the dusty dirt road in front of the hotel, was an errant car swerving around a tight corner and ultimately side swiping a car right in front of us. Good grief! And on our drive from Panama City, we had a couple other close calls with crazy ass drivers. We've driven in Central America for 9 years without incident. Panama, on the other hand, was nail biting. 



So, it felt nice to relax.



We dined at Cosa Nostra that evening. A rustic beach pizza place a mile or so down the beach. We were starved, (it could be no other way) and since we speak almost 0 Spanish, sometimes, things get lost in translation. Like our pizza order. We were the first tourists in the joint, but eventually other people arrived. And then, finally, the first pizza arrived. Except, it breezed right by us and landed on the next table. Turns out, they never made us a pizza at all! I'm not sure what transpired during our order, but, we did get our rum drinks. Thank God. Well, after awhile they brought some leftover, cold pizza scraps to our table. A mish mash of dried up ends and rejects. They didn't speak English, so we weren't able to ascertain just why we were on their shit list. Did they expect us to eat some cold, day old scraps? When the next table was already dining on steaming hot pizza? We just about left. But, knowing Central America like we do, luckily, we stuck it out. Eventually, they brought us a delicious pizza. I guess the gnawed scraps were just to tide us over. 



Cosa Nostra cat.



The next morning.





We had a wonderful breakfast at Togo. And a peaceful, relaxing walk. Then, we reluctantly got back in our car, and headed for the verdant mountains and Volcan Baru. More on that later. 

But for now, be sure to head over to The Chorus of the Crows for some flying monkeys. And a few other characters...

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24 comments:

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Gosh,, you always have the mostest fun of anyone in the world!
love
tweedles

Chandra@GreenComotion said...

Very nice photos of the beach and the birds around the water.
Have a Happy Day!
Peace :)

DJan said...

Fabulous pictures, Sharon. And I am always stunned by the incredible header picture. Glad you finally got some pizza. That was a bit strange! :-)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Glad you finally got your pizza!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Such a wonderful, calming post. Everything about it. The photos speak volumes. Each and every ONE.

Again, I'm in my personal blog admin, Hootin' Anni's, but I wanted to stop by and visit to view your bird shares...thanks for linking in this week at I'd Rather B Birdin'. Your participating is always so appreciated.

jeannettestgermain said...

This looks like a wonderful trip! And the horses on the beach is a romantic view!

Pat Tillett said...

What a gorgeous area! Thanks for great little tour. You have such a great eye about what will look good in a photo.

Molly said...

What a beautiful place

Mollyxxx

Caren Gittleman said...

Gorgeous scenery, hell I'd eat cat food to live there...who cares about cold scraps of pizza? lol catchatwithcarenandcody

bettyl-NZ said...

Lovely photos! I've never been to Panama.

Marie C said...

Cracked me up, Sharon about your pizza order! :-) Reminded me of Chevy Chase ordering in Paris in European Vacation. That would be me, ordering something really weird, or accidentally cancelling my order after making it, or something. Anyway, the sideswiping car also reminded me of when my daughter and I were driving here seventeen years ago when I brought her to Tucson to live. We took a very scenic route from N NM down at an angle toward Tucson instead of continuing west to Flagstaff and then south. At one point we were going through some mountainous terrain on a corkscrew road, and a car behind us in a line of carefully-moving cars, decided he'd had enough and whipped around us in the oncoming lane, on a serious curve and barely missed a car coming rom the other direction! Your photos, by the way, are wonderful! I am enjoying your trip! Jus glad it wasn't you who was almost sideswiped!

Linda Hensley said...

I can feel my blood pressure drop looking at these photos :)

CountryMouse said...

This looks like a great place to be ... what a lovely sparkling sea.

Wally Jones said...

Sure looks like overall it was a wonderful adventure! It wouldn't be any fun if it all went smoothly!

Mary K.- The Boondocks Blog said...

Beautiful photos Sharon. I especially liked the one with the horses on the beach. What a site. I'm surprised they didn't speak English, isn't it the international language and they are in America? You must have gone off the beaten path. I am hosting a linky Sweet Inspiration and it runs Friday to Tuesday. I would love it if you could join us.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, wonderful psot on your Panama trip! I love the birds, horses and the kitty. I am not sure if I could drive there.
I am glad your pizza arrived. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

carol l mckenna said...

Very lovely photography and love the critters

Happy Weekend to you ~ ^_^

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

It looks awesome! I love the cat and the horses. Have a great weekend.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a fabulous trip and a wonderful place to photograph! You must have had so much fun!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Very pretty!

"Togo at Farallon" reminds me of Star Trek.

"Shaka, when the walls fell"
~

Nora said...

Each photo just sparkled and looked so crisp. I could almost feel the sunshine! Lovely posting.

Swapna (The Practical Mom) said...

Beautiful Pictures! Thanks for sharing at Practical Mondays!:)

NC Sue said...

I'd love to go to Togo.
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Ruth Rieckehoff said...

Nice! I visited Farallon several years ago and have fond memories of the place. We stayed in a simple hotel. The owners had their own "restaurant" and they had all sort of fish and seafood even for breakfast. We ate very well the two days we stayed there.