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Temple of Apollo

We rented a car (the hotel manager called and found us one for 150 euros

less than anything I found on the internet).  Often car dealerships take you to the

edge of town to get people out.  But with calm, patient, David at the wheel,  we

drove out of Athens....YIKES... DON'T TRY THIS UNLESS YOU HAVE NERVES OF

STEEL!  People do not worry about stop signs, road lines or other cars.  We passed a

lady using her cell phone with one hand and her palm pilot with the other.  AND,

because she did not have a third hand she was not steering.

corinth arch in market area
  But she was moving

along at about 60 mph.....  She was all over the road and looked over at us and

laughed as we passed.   

Actually, everyone was all over the road, she was just one we knew why......

DRIVING IN GREECE:  there is total disregard for the lines, dots, signs and markers... but there is also a total absence of road rage....no problem.... so it is all calm chaos.  When you are driving and a car comes up: pull over onto the shoulder and they drive by.... sometimes they are passed while you are being passed so .... the one lane becomes a 3 lane.... no problem..... no one is mad.  Everyone is just driving.....  There were times when the 2 lane ahead of us had 6 cars side by side.... no problem.... no one is mad.....   yikes.

 

We went to Corinth  (Corinth) and saw the site.   It was so massive.   It

took hours between the museum and the grounds.

Temple of Apollo
   We wandered and looked and 

photographed to our heart's content.   The site was so large it was even across the

road.. The history is incredible to think about.....It was first settled about the 9th

century BC:  The Corenthians were ship builders and ad colonies Corcyra and

Syracuse...  Trade and industry flourished and Corenthia was famous for pottery and

bronze.  It was considered a sinful city: ..but a very successful one.

Corinth
  Corinth was

one of the 3 great powers of the ancient world..  Athens eventually took over

Corinth's place in commerce and ruling the sea.  Nero visited and later Hadrian.  

Apparently Corinth, sinful Corinth, was the "must see" city.

  We thought it would only take a few hours but there was so much.   The site was laid out so well.  The masonry was amazing.  the market place was fully excavated and had arches. There was a huge pot taller than I am.  The Amphatheater was only partially exvavated and not restored.  In the site the temple of Apollo was so amazing.   We took so many pictures....

The museum had a great selection. The had two huge statues of wonderful women that were the guardians at the gates.  There was a garden area outside of the museum that had a bunch of statues and grave markers. Many of the heads were lopped off on their marble statues.. why? I have no idea.  When we left I was so sad but we needed to get a motel for the night and we were flying by the seat of our pants with no reservations....  

Days later ....  I saw a postcard and we realized we did not go see the canal.... geez.... who the heck forgets to see the Corinth canal???  It did make us laugh...  and I was the only blond in the group!  lol.  

Silverland says:
Love the pictures you took!
Posted on: Jan 11, 2010
ms_travelr says:
HaHaHa!!!! And I thought the Italians were crazy drivers. The few times we've been in Greece, we were herded around in a bus(Kos) or walked (Athens) so we never experienced their way of driving. Glad that you made it safely out of there.
Posted on: Mar 10, 2008
martinikitty13 says:
gorgeous pics!
Posted on: Sep 27, 2007
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