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May 17, 2010

Lou took these photos from the bus.

Here we are at our first stop, on a foot bridge looking down into the Corinth Canal. Later today we go for a boat ride through the canal.

Lou took these pictures from the bus on our way to Ancient Corinth.

Ancient Corinth was one of the most important towns in antiquity -- but Karen recognized it from church.  "This is a reading from the letter of St Paul to the Corinthians."

Lots of headless statues.

Our guide explained that bodies were mass produced, and then you could add your own head later. That was an economical way to get a statue of yourself, plus these standard bodies were probably nicer than your body anyway.

Have I mentioned yet that we took this tour because it did NOT go to the Acropolis? So many tours went to the Acropolis.  We did that 6 years ago (and LOVED it) but did not want to go back.

Our guide was actually sort of difficult to listen to. So Karen and Lou wandered away in the museum and just took random pictures.

If we had been paying attention, we could have told you a lot about this vase. Black decoration on a white background, that was produced only during a specific time period...

Hey Julius Caesar! We'll be seeing him again on this cruise.

Heads, heads, heads

This entire cruise will be filled with mosaics

Tiny glass bottles in this cabinet were for collecting your tears at the funeral, so they your tears could be dropped in with the dead person to accompany them to the afterlife.

It is ironic that the temple of Corinth does not have Corinthian columns but instead has Doric columns.

Lou was trying to zoom in on this ruin up at the top of the hill.

Stray dog!  We had no milk bones to give him.

Here are some other tourists walking down the Lechaion Road!

While our tour guide droned on about the water supply, Karen got Lou to climb down to remains of the beautifully paved 25-foot wide Lechaion Road.

This road connected the harbor to the ancient town of Corinth.

Good thing we did this, because when she was done talking about water, we left the area!  No one else in our group set foot on this ancient road! Way to go Lou.

Here is the Fountain of Glauke

 

Excursion :

Ancient Corinth & Canal Cruise

Ancient Corinth & Canal Cruise - PR01

 

Leaving Piraeus, drive along the coastal road of the Saronic Gulf to the famous Corinth Canal. An unforgettable sight, the Canal is 4 miles long and 72 feet wide and was built with sloping sides, which reach a height of approximately 230 feet. The depth of the water in the canal is approximately 24 feet. Although many attempted to construct a canal in this location, success was not found until the 19th century. Admire the spectacular view of the canal from a bridge more than 200 feet above the water before reaching the Isthmia pier, the entrance to the Canal where you will join a boat for a cruise along the canal. During the cruise, local mezes and snacks will be served. After the cruise, disembark at Isthmia pier and continue to Ancient Corinth, one of the most important towns in antiquity. Corinth, built at the foot of the famous Acrocorinthos Hill (altitude 575 meters), served as a mighty acropolis or citadel in times of mythology. This ancient city not only led the way for Athens and the wider territory of Greece but for the entire Mediterranean world. The renowned Corinthian capital, which still adorns public buildings around the world, had its origins there (Callimachus, 5th century BC). The long and extremely interesting history of this city includes the time of St. Paul (50 AD), who visited the city twice and founded the Church of Corinth. The featured venues on this tour are the Apollo Temple, Fountain of Glauke, Spring of Periander, and the remains of the beautifully paved 25-foot wide Lechaion Road.

Note: Guests must be able to walk approximately 1 mile over varying terrain, inclines and numerous steps. Comfortable walking shoes, a hat and plenty of sunscreen are recommended, especially from June to September. The canal boat has an upper deck for guests wishing to enjoy the sun during the cruise. The drive from Piraeus to Corinth is approximately 1.25 hours each way, dependent upon traffic conditions. Tour itinerary may vary but all main attractions will be visited. Please be aware that ongoing restorations work is often carried out at the listed venues. On this tour you will not see, pass by or visit the famous "Acropolis of Athens." Please note that tour order may vary.

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