The end of the journey…
Decided to take a trip to the “old town” (I believe it is called Viejo Antigua but can’t remember for sure). The guys were just coming into town after their excursion to the Darien Gap and decided to meet us there for lunch. On the drive there we passed through some nice areas of homes and partially through the downtown with all the skyscrapers. The modern gray skyscrapers across the water were an interesting contrast to the old colorful buildings of Antigua. Wound through many narrow streets until we came to the water. Happens to be one of the locations where the last James Bond film, Quantum of Solace with Daniel Craig, was filmed.Â Had lunch at an outdoor cafe across from some beautiful buildings, a statue, and a large yellow church. It was a very colorful city. I could have stayed there for days taking pictures. Spent the afternoon walking around the city, shopping, enjoying each other’s company on our last day together, and having ice cream.Â
Ate at a restaurant called Sienna for dinner. It was across the street from where Quantum of Solace was filmed. By this point it was dark and the city was glowing with colorful lights. The restauranteur ushered us upstairs to a nice private room. We had a wine called, “Darien” in commemoration of our journey and reaching the end of the road. We took turns going around the room and remembering our trip by saying our favorite country and number one favorite memory (mine was Guatemala and the special Panama Canal tour – I didn’t pick this because the Prince of Belgium waved at us, I swear!). The food was exceptional.Â Everyone said it was the best meal we’ve had the entire trip (and that’s saying a lot, because we have had some good food). The menu was extensive, but I couldn’t resist, I had to get the “Rollo de Pollo al estilo James Bond” (the James Bond chicken roll filled with asparagus, mushrooms, and bechamal sauce – when in Rome, right?). Â
There was some big event going on in the city and in the middle of dinner and then again at dessert (apple pie, spanish pudding, chocolate mouse pie, coffee) we heard fireworks. Went out on the balcony to enjoy the fireworks, which were coming from two locations. It was great. The city, the water, the breeze, soft light, the balcony, crumbling vintage buildings,Â the James Bond movie set, and fireworks. No matter how you slice it, you can’t beat that. It was a fitting end to a most amazing adventure.