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el valle

March 11, 2010

the valley

day #3

|march 7th|

el valle is an inactive volcano region in Panama.  I have never seen hills quite as lush, nor have I had sangria that was as magnificent as was served here.  apparently people fly helicopters in from the city to eat at this restaurant, and after having the most ridiculously amazing risotto (balsamic infused portobello mushroom risotto – OMFG) of my life, I completely understand why.

also in the area was what my hosts assured me is one of the best markets.  there was an abundance of locally made art and native crafts (molas and baskets), golden frog trinkets, and fresh produce.  the only downside was the harassment by the locals – not a place to wander by yourself, ladies.  I purchased a bracelet, a little golden frog statue, and a shot glass that said “short glass” on it; it was too funny to not buy.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. March 11, 2010 12:16 am

    wow, anna, this looks absolutely amazing. i hope your trip is going well!

    and that risotto. OMFG is right.

  2. March 11, 2010 1:39 am

    argh, harassment when traveling makes you have a newfound appreciation for the cultural norms in the states. even our skeezy guys mostly keep it to themselves, lol. beautiful pics, you are a great photographer!

  3. March 11, 2010 2:24 am

    The pictures are gorgeous!! Woww, i’m am so incredibly jealous of you :)

    And that risotto! I had the best risotto at my last brother’s wedding and just could not get enough of it–although your version sounds equally delicious!!!!!

    Responding to that email of yours tomorrow! Just gotta find the time since this girl isn’t on spring break yet–TWO DAYS!!!!

  4. March 11, 2010 8:20 am

    I’m so jealous of this trip, it looks truly amazing! I love that it still looks so tropical and natural, not over developed and touristy like so many warm-weather destinations. Keep enjoying yourself!

  5. March 11, 2010 7:45 pm

    It looks lovely there, you’re so lucky!

  6. March 14, 2010 11:11 pm

    wahaha! A frog statue? Is that not the most random trinket ever? But somehow, it just fits! What a gorgeous place…I would be lost in wander at the market!

  7. March 15, 2010 6:51 am

    panama looks so beautiful! that picture of the restaurant and the sunshine just brightened my rain filled morning! i love that we share a passion for travel :)

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