Day one: Arrival in Ancient Corinth

Well I say Corinth, but actually I chose to stay in the sleepy fishing village south of Corinth named Korfos. I found the roads to be fantastically easy to use and very quiet, reflecting the economical issues that mainland Greece has faced has created a very eerily quiet rush hour.

After a good nights sleep I headed to Archea Korinthos or Ancient Corinth which is not to be confused with Corinth which is a very modern town a few miles to the east of the ancient town. I was expecting a hoard of tourists yet again as I came into the city it was distinctly quiet.

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The path to the entrance of the excavated site is surrounded by lovely traditional Tavernas one of which had arguably one of the most envied views from its terrace in the whole of Greece. I headed there for a cold drink and took the best seat in the house:

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Overlooking the Roman road to the Corinthian gulf port it was easy to image this side of the site as a bustling centre of trade and a road on which Paul would of entered the city on. Overlooking the Ancient city is Acrocorinth, a monolithic rock on which sat the famous temple of Aphrodite which was rumoured to contain one thousand temple prostitutes.

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This monolithic rock was certainly the reason that Ancient Corinth became such an important place for the Romans. It’s founder (or re-establisher) Julius Caesar had seen it’s natural potential to be a well defended trading site.

Seeing the arrival of not only the late morning summer heat teetering at 30c, but also the bus load of biblically enthusiastic Americans, had me hoping to stay in my enviable spot for the rest of the day. However, I had lots to see and do down on the site so it was time to drink up and get out there.

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