We came here for the Panama Canal and the 4 story museum and visitor's center did not disappoint, although the admission of $55 for the family hurt the budget.
We left the fish market to find the artisan's market. One block into our walk two police on bikes approached us..."I am the tourist police. My job is to help you. Where are you going?" Ok, this never happened before. I know the city is bad, but he wanted to escort us for the 15 minute walk to the market. I was beging to wonder what I had gotten us into...we accepted of course and followed him through the streets to the market we were looking for. He warned us not to take out a camera and to keep our bags close. He said we needed to use "great precaution". It all sounded pretty dire. So that's why I have no photos of the market....but as we found our bearings we got a little more comfortable, or at least not super paranoid.
In our wanderings we stumbled on a Santeria market area. The altars are so different from the Catholic ones we usually see. I wish I had a photo of the one made out of menacing metal objects: spikes, handcuffs, barbed wire, cast iron rooster statues and surrounded by candles and surrounded by candles...the walls of the shop are lined with shelves of powders, liquids, bundled herbs, and animal skulls. One could really get some issues resolved here I think.
We found great places to eat for $3 and a snow cone street vendor.