Temple of Apollo
Corinth is an especially interesting place to visit. You have the ancient Greek history, it is where Oedipus was raised before he famously played his father and married his mother. Agamemnon lead many Corinthians in the Trojan War, and and Jason (As in the Argonauts) spent time there.
And slightly more recently (relatively speaking),
Paul preached to the Corinthians, and his later letters to the Corinthians because 2 books of the Bible, so the history spans a huge period of time.
Corinth Archaeological site
The ancient city is not a huge site but it is extremely well signposted and once of the most interesting sites I have visited. You can easily spend a few hours wondering around the site.
Corinth Archaeological Site
Sometimes its good to get a little lost. That happened to us after we had visited the Corinth Canal footbridge in Greece. We were driving down a small rural road, and I saw this old car parked in a field. I’m sure by its condition that it had been parked for a very long time.
It’s an American truck, sitting in a field in a Greek farm, I really wonder just how it got there.
The Corinth Canal chops the Peloponnese peninsula off the mainland of Greece.
We found this lovely little footbridge crossing the canal, and if you looked down the canal you could see the water of the canal, going all the way from the Adriatic sea to the Aegina sea. While its only about 6km long, it reduces the shipping distance by over 300km. It was built in the 1880’s – before the Suez and Panama canals, although to be fair it is much shorter.
When I say we found it, we had to look really hard for it, quite literally driving down a dirt road past a rubbish dump to eventually find this footbridge across the canal. It was worth the drive because the bridge has such lovely lines, and the view up and down the canal is spectacular.
The Washington memorial as seen from the steps of the Lincoln memorial, this is the view that Martin Luther King would have seen when he gave his famous speech to around 250000 people in 1963.
And here is the view from the other side. The mall is huge; approx 3km long; so when you are looking to the monument from the steps of the Lincoln memorial you are looking down approx 1.5km of mall (I think it would make an excellent location for a parkrun).
In my last post I showed you the lovely walkway in Nafplio. If you turn right at the end of the walkway (instead of heading left back into town), you find yourself on a lovely trail which is perfect for an evening run.
Be careful though, it is much tougher (and longer) than the walkway; even though it follows the cliff there are lots of steep uphills and downhills, but if I lived in Nafplio it could easily become one of my regular route. And if you’re brave you can run up some very steep switchbacks from the beach to the top of the hill – all the way to the fortress.