Saturday, April 17, 2010
4/17/2010 COLON BY DAN
A sad day, we said goodbye to Jan and Debbie this morning as they are traveling back home today. Last night we were treated to a Caribbean thunder storm with one very close lightening strike. After saying goodbye to Jan and Debbie the rest of us hired a taxi for the day to go to Colon and do some sightseeing. Colon is not safe if you are alone or after dark. The downtown of Colon architecture reminded me of the French quarter of New Orleans. It was very sad to see all of these old beautiful buildings in such bad disrepair.
COLONWe went to several stores to get supplies and a flag for Colombia and Grand Cayman. I went to a barber shop and got my hair cut. The barber used a straight razor for the shave and washed my hair all for $8.00. During our taxi ride we crossed over the canal on a one lane bridge that is part of the lock. This was a view of the lock we did not see from the boat.
VIEW FROM BRIDGEThe construction has started on the new bigger locks. There is lots of very big equipment here moving mountains for the new locks.
NEW CANAL CONSTRUCTIONIt is hard to believe that they need bigger locks. When you are in the locks you feel very small. The Marina has a pool next to the restaurant so you can guess how Judy and I finished our day.