April, 2019

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Discovering the history and culture of Panama

We go to Panama! We enjoyed breakfast at The Cafe by Mise en Place at TPA airport before walking hot to MIA where we boarded a flight to Panama City. It was 54 degrees very cold when we left Miami, so when we landed in Panama, we were happy to warm up. The Pope had just gone to Panama and when we left the airport there were still big signs stating: “Bienvenidos A Panama Peregrinos” or Welcome to the Panama Pilgrim. Thousands of people came as pilgrims to Panama City to see the pope and even though he had left, there were still hundreds of worshipers living in churches and parks throughout the city.

We take a taxi from the airport to the Grand Central Hotel in Casco Viejo, Spanish for the Old Quarter, the historic district of Panama City, a UNESCO heritage site. Our tour guide Abdiel Luis was waiting for us at the hotel. He introduced himself as Abdiel Luis and even though everyone called him Luis, we were more comfortable calling him by his first name Abdiel. After finding our room with a nice balcony and unpacking, we arranged the Grand hotel located opposite the Plaza de la Independencia and the Basilica of Santa Maria la Antigua.
to explore our own environment.

The hotel is centrally located at Plaza de la Independencia or Independence Plaza with views …

Bucket List of Golf Courses – Walton Heath

Golf Courses - Walton Heath

Final Course for Golf Bucket Lists for UK – Walton Heath

Friday May 31 – Walton Health – wake up this morning with tired feet after an attempt to climb yesterday’s hill on St George. Graham had been looking forward to playing Walton Heath for years. When we started ordering courses for this trip our only disappointment was that we couldn’t get a reservation at Walton Heath in the Old Course because everything had been ordered and we were offered a round in the New Course. We decided that New would be better than skipping it all. Imagine our joy when we talked to the starter and he remembered our booking request for the Old Course and he said we had come this far, he would blackmail us into the Old Course field. We were really happy and it set the tone for the day.

This course is very busy because many professionals practice on the course ahead of Monday’s European Qualification Event for the upcoming US Open Event in a few weeks. There was a real rumor about the place and one of the players who practiced putting green was Min Woo Lee from Australia, (brother of Minjee Lee). He is a very good young man and we talked with him on the putting green, hoping for the best in the Qualifying Final.

Wow, how green is the practice …