in a foreign country. So far so good, just don’t stop at a stop sign or you will be rear ended. We had Google Maps
that helped when we get confused. It will tell us where we are. It will not give directions, but it does show your
location. We made it to Ancient Korinthos and found a place to stay. We got the lay of the land with the two spots
we wanted to see. We missed the Canal somehow, but we can pick that up on our way out of town.
Korinthos was a really good site. They have some good ruins and enough to keep you interested. One off the building
ruins still had water running through it. Once we walked the site we headed up to the castle on the hill. That was also
really cool to see. We walked to the top and around some of the walls. The streets were all cobblestone and sometime
tough to walk on. The gates were very cool. We headed down to town.
It was still early so we decided to head to the canal, called the Isthmus. I found the lower southern entrance. I was not
sure about the bridge that was there, but other cars drove over and I followed. There were wooden planks across a
metal frame. It was odd but no one seemed to care. We peaked up the canal as we crossed and saw the other bridges
and the canal sides - very cool. We were coming back, but stopped at the river side restaurant for lunch. Then I started
to walk over to the bridge. The “bridge operator” started yelling at a women behind us and he lower the crossing bars
to stop the cars. She ran across. I was looking at this bridge and wondering how does it get out of the way. No way to
raise it. It had no gears to be a draw bridge. He was allowing us to stand close to it so it did not slide. Then it CLANGED
and start to go down. That was unexpected. It drops 30 meters to the bottom of the canal. You can see it go down for
about 8 or 10 and then it just disappears into the canal water.
Two sail boat went by one by one and then he raised the bridge. We walked out and took some pictures and then we
drove over to the next bridge. This one was 240 feet up and did not move. This canal was build in the 1890s and it has
very steep edges - Very cool to see.
From Korinthos we headed to Nafplion. This is a dual castle town. One is up on the hill of course and the other is on
an island. The old town is really cool too. On the way we hit Myceane and Tiryns ruins. Both were worth the visit. We
found a boutique hotel that was REALLY great. We are winging it between these towns now as the Peninsula is not
as touristy as the islands.
We drove to Epidavros the next day as we thought it was a small place. It had the best preserved theater in Greece.
It was huge and only one part of the site. So we walked on and took it all in.
The following day we hit the 999 steps to the castle hilltop. I guess we are getting into shape as it did not seem bad
at all. There was a lot of walking on top to see at the points.
These were the ruin highlights we picked for the area. We will hit Olympia and Delphi, but next we head to the beaches
and Mani Peninsula.