Korinthias ~ Ancient Wonder

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The crew preparing for the Corinth Canal

              ~       CORINTH CANAL

David and I got up at 4:30 AM to watch the ship go through the Corinth Canal.  We were really interested in how the ship crew set the hawser lines for the tug guide boat.  The large (about 4 inches across) line was carefully measured out and lowered to the tug.  The tug looped it through their equipment and they made sure it was an equal pull on the ship ...  The line went out each side and was tied off.   One of the crew ran and got a can of green  paint and marked the exact measurement ...  we heard later it was the first time they had gone through the canal so they were marking it to make it easier for future trips.

right in the middle is the opening to the canal...we are in the sea approaching....
   

The tug began pulling the ship when we were still in open water....  It was dark and we could see where the canal was because of the break in lights on shore....   Slowly they pulled up into the opening which was gently sloping sides ..... as we went further the sides began to get taller and taller....  finally they loomed 50 feet above us in the dark.   The actual canal is about 50 feet across so it looks really narrow....  when we looked straight down the ship's sides we could see the edges only 5-7 feet away from the ship. Yikes.   It was really amazing that the tug pulled us so accurately.  

The sides of the canal weren't sheer cliffs at all.

Us on the deck... about 5 AM
   Some places it was sheer cliffs but most had plateaus part way up and other places had a wide area.  Bamboo, Fig trees, pampus grass and caper plants grew on the edges and on the sides of the canal.  All in all it was amazing to see!  It took about an hour to go the length......  I'm so glad we saw it!  We took a ton of pictures but they were black ....  I am hoping to work with photoshop to get something from them.... We went to breakfast  at 6 30 AM with a lady from the ship, Wendy.  ,,  It was the best breakfast!  Corn flakes, coffee, apple and Greek Yogurt with honey.   (Greek yogurt is the texture of cream cheese and isn't bitter at all) 

          ~     ANCIENT CORINTH

We wandered until we found the bus station .

heading for the Corinth Canal
...  we bought a ticket to Corinth and rode towards Corinth... within a few blocks we saw a sign that said there was an ancient excavation...Darn... We would have loved to have gone there but the travel agent steered us a little wrong... So apparently it wasn't the travel agent's forte....We rode the 45 minutes until we arrived ....  we were dropped off in the middle of Corinth... and wandered quite a while.  Modern Corinth is a busy, bustling city with tons of cars and narrow street.   We stood near the taxi stand next to a school yard....  The kids were marching to music around and around....  Everyone of all ages were participatubg and no one had an attitude..... It was fairly entertaining to watch.  

We were surprised that we didn't find any signage telling us the turn for ancient Corinth.

the Artist at his table... It didn't make him nervous at all for us to stand and watch him...
   That was odd as it should have been close.   Finally we found a taxi driver who understood and knew what we wanted (he was the fifth...)  but he was too busy to take us so he flagged a taxi down and explained to the driver what we wanted.... then 6.70 Euros later we were at the front gates of Ancient Corinth.    It was a huge relief. ..  Our error was that we didn't write the name in Greek and didn't have pictures or post cards.   The town of  Ancient Corinth is actually quite a ways from  Modern Corinthia.  

Ancient Corinth is quite large......  We took quite a few pictures and walked the grounds for 5 hours.  The museum is very good and we could take pictures as long as they weren't flash.

Temple of Apollo : 550 BC
  Because we were on our own we could really take our time and see everything...  Across the road was an ancient theater... The gate was open so we walked down and took some pictures... This theater was across the street from Corinth grounds... We thought it was interesting that the paved road was in the center of the two areas... yikes... what was buried under that pavement??  We took a lunch break and were lucky enough to find a restaurant that overlooked the site.... the food was pretty good.  The restaurant owner was reluctant to let us go to the back area and said it was not shaded.   I walked up the road next to the restaurant and looked at the patio... it had umbrellas... He saw me and immediately suggested we try it and we could move if it was too hot. ..  allllrighty... That worked out!   

We also found a delightful place where the man hand paints museum quality Greek vases and pots.

Ancient Corinth
   We got his picture and got a picture of him holding one of the magazines he is featured in.    Such an nice man.   His shop is in the little group of shops and restaurants near the site entrance.  above the door in silver letter is Atelier Exekias.  It's next to the Gemelos restaurant and next to the lower exit of the park.  He has a little table set up to the right of the door and sits and paints vases.  He didn't mind at all when we stood watching him. 

We spent another couple of hours wandering in Ancient Corinth then walked back to the little town and caught one of the cabs that was next to the road.  He took us back to Modern Corintha and we caught the next bus back to the ship.... 

 

  

beau_bread says:
Hey that is really a an experience :)
Posted on: Jan 29, 2010
vances says:
Love when you got to Corinth and exclaimed "it was a huge relief" --- wasn't sure whether the site was on an elevated plateau or if you were just happy to be there (assuming the latter, lol!)

:^)
Posted on: Jan 29, 2010
Koralifix says:
The early bird ... :)
Posted on: Mar 11, 2009
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Us on the deck... about 5 AM
Us on the deck... about 5 AM
heading for the Corinth Canal
heading for the Corinth Canal
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the Artist at his table... It did…
Temple of Apollo : 550 BC
Temple of Apollo : 550 BC
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
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I love this: a man in a boat (?) …
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Statue feet: sandel straps are so…
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scenery on the side...
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The canal with the sides looming
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The sides.... with plants growing…
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The sides ... about 6 feet from t…
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looking at the sides...
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Still preparing
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This part of the canal has bricks
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rough area of the canal
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rocks set along side of the canal
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the sides.... not as sheer as we …
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see the stratas?.... also there w…
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looking up at the sides
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the area below... the boat was ve…
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side of the canal - we could look…
Pampus grass and bamboo growing
Pampus grass and bamboo growing
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looking down at fig tree growing …
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sides
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This area has almost a cut that i…
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the cut out area
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almost out....see how tight?
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sides... blurry...
sides with brick/rock work
sides with brick/rock work
a draw bridge with autos waiting...
a draw bridge with autos waiting...
the brave little tug that pulled us
the brave little tug that pulled us
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HaHa.... this car had a huge spea…
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We had lunch here.... We loved lo…
painting a vase
painting a vase
Artist holding a magazine that fea…
Artist holding a magazine that fe…
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This looks like food.... I must h…
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Ancient Corinth - the displays ou…
Ancient Corinth: rain spouts
Ancient Corinth: rain spouts
Ancient Corinth - marble portrait
Ancient Corinth - marble portrait
Ancient Corinth - sarcophacus
Ancient Corinth - sarcophacus
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Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
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Ancient Corinth: 2nd century from…
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Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth ` mosaic
Ancient Corinth ` mosaic
Mosaic: 2nd century AD
Mosaic: 2nd century AD
mosaic
mosaic
Pastural scene.. yep... it had a g…
Pastural scene.. yep... it had a …
mosaic
mosaic
Roman villa floor: Dionyses with f…
Roman villa floor: Dionyses with …
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Dionyses...mosaic... loaded at mi…
black figure vases: 47 - 162 bc
black figure vases: 47 - 162 bc
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vases
vases, bowls, pitchers
vases, bowls, pitchers
funeral Urn... 700-720 BC
funeral Urn... 700-720 BC
late 6h century BC
late 6h century BC
Ancient Corinth/ flat bowl with an…
Ancient Corinth/ flat bowl with a…
8th century BC smaller pitcher  an…
8th century BC smaller pitcher a…
Ancient Corinth: 6th century BC
Ancient Corinth: 6th century BC
5th century BC
5th century BC
Head of Dionyses 2nd century BC
Head of Dionyses 2nd century BC
collosal staues of phrygionian cap…
collosal staues of phrygionian ca…
Ancient Corinth ~ phrygionian capt…
Ancient Corinth ~ phrygionian cap…
Ancient Corinth ... italian glass
Ancient Corinth ... italian glass
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Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth-snakes and child
Ancient Corinth-snakes and child
Ancient Corinth ~ snakes and child
Ancient Corinth ~ snakes and child
Ancient Corinth - snakes and child
Ancient Corinth - snakes and child
Ancient Corinth ~ snakes and child
Ancient Corinth ~ snakes and child
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
wine amphora
wine amphora
protomagolica potteery from south …
protomagolica potteery from south…
Protomagolica pottery from souther…
Protomagolica pottery from southe…
Lion rain spout... it still has th…
Lion rain spout... it still has t…
Lion rain spout
Lion rain spout
I believe this was a funeral vase:…
I believe this was a funeral vase…
Ancient Corinth vessel with sphnix…
Ancient Corinth vessel with sphni…
Lions pot:620-590 BC
Lions pot:620-590 BC
Deer: 610-570 BC
Deer: 610-570 BC
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Funeral Vase   725 BC
Funeral Vase 725 BC
Detail of handle    725 BC
Detail of handle 725 BC
funeral vase 725 BC
funeral vase 725 BC
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
deer & lion on vase
deer & lion on vase
lion   590-570 BC
lion 590-570 BC
The museum at Corinth
The museum at Corinth
Sphinx 550 BC
Sphinx 550 BC
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
TerraCotta from temple of Apollo 5…
TerraCotta from temple of Apollo …
550 bc
550 bc
vase: 525-500 BC
vase: 525-500 BC
Lion Rainspout... I loved these
Lion Rainspout... I loved these
Bronze Helmet: 5th century BC
Bronze Helmet: 5th century BC
Corinth Museum
Corinth Museum
Shard with name: AIKLAP 5-4 BC
Shard with name: AIKLAP 5-4 BC
SARCOPHAGUS: MID CORENTHIAN PERIOD…
SARCOPHAGUS: MID CORENTHIAN PERIO…
Ancient Corinth - carved marble
Ancient Corinth - carved marble
lOOKING OUT AT ANCIENT CORINTH
lOOKING OUT AT ANCIENT CORINTH
Ancient Theater at Corinth (across…
Ancient Theater at Corinth (acros…
Ancient Theater at Corinth
Ancient Theater at Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Corinth ~ temple from side area
Corinth ~ temple from side area
Corinth
Corinth
Corinth from the restaurant overlo…
Corinth from the restaurant overl…
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth ~ Lechaion Road
Ancient Corinth ~ Lechaion Road
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth ~ sign for side ro…
Ancient Corinth ~ sign for side r…
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth (the yellow umbrel…
Ancient Corinth (the yellow umbre…
wild cucumbers ... the cucumbers g…
wild cucumbers ... the cucumbers …
ancient corinth
ancient corinth
Ancient Corinth...this was a huge,…
Ancient Corinth...this was a huge…
wild cucumbers (I think they are)
wild cucumbers (I think they are)
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth ~ and David ;0
Ancient Corinth ~ and David ;0
In a little building on the site..…
In a little building on the site.…
Also in the building... rain spouts
Also in the building... rain spouts
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corinth
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corinth ... I wasn't the only one…
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corinth
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corinth
corinth
corinth ... beautiful carved marble
corinth ... beautiful carved marble
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corinth
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corinth
corinth ~ TEMPLE OF APOLLO
corinth ~ TEMPLE OF APOLLO
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Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Pieces of marble ... one is a pill…
Pieces of marble ... one is a pil…
Marble... carved .. Corinthisn sty…
Marble... carved .. Corinthisn st…
yep... more pictures of it
yep... more pictures of it
Greek letters
Greek letters
Corinthisn style column
Corinthisn style column
marble...
marble...
carved..beautiful
carved..beautiful
pillor details
pillor details
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The site ...
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Arch way...
Arch way...
Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth
Arch way ...
Arch way ...
temple of Apollo
temple of Apollo
These partial pillors were near th…
These partial pillors were near t…
Monkeys from the Wizard of Oz movi…
Monkeys from the Wizard of Oz mov…
Another view of the Corinthisn sty…
Another view of the Corinthisn st…
This one had quite a bit of detail…
This one had quite a bit of detai…
Face... Sort of a lion ....
Face... Sort of a lion ....
Temple of Apollo
Temple of Apollo
Temple of Apollo
Temple of Apollo
Temple of Apollo
Temple of Apollo
Temple of Apollo
Temple of Apollo
My favorite photographer
My favorite photographer
David and Sylvia taken by a touris…
David and Sylvia taken by a touri…
550 BC Temple of Apollo
550 BC Temple of Apollo
temple of Apollo
temple of Apollo
top of temple ... so plain compare…
top of temple ... so plain compar…
temple of Apollo
temple of Apollo
Temple of Apollo
Temple of Apollo
pomagranate tree
pomagranate tree
carved piece of stone... I put it …
carved piece of stone... I put it…
Self portrait... The forth one act…
Self portrait... The forth one ac…
Temple of Apollo
Temple of Apollo
olympic napkin ... i couldnt bear…
olympic napkin ... i couldn't bea…
the road in Corinth
the road in Corinth
stones ... and pillor pieces stack…
stones ... and pillor pieces stac…
Museum front: looking through to t…
Museum front: looking through to …
two lions fighting over grapss... …
two lions fighting over grapss...…
The Temple of Octavia, Augustus s…
The Temple of Octavia, Augustus' …
Olympic Napkin... Winners got food…
Olympic Napkin... Winners got foo…
The ancient stadium... They are wo…
The ancient stadium... They are w…
stairs...going into the ancient st…
stairs...going into the ancient s…
The wall to the side as we walked …
The wall to the side as we walked…
ancient stadium across the road fr…
ancient stadium across the road f…
This is the site across the road...
This is the site across the road...
pine trees to the side of the pill…
pine trees to the side of the pil…
The little park across from the si…
The little park across from the s…
Corinth
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