Architecture and Sculpture in Corinth, Greece

Trip Start Nov 26, 2011
Trip End Dec 09, 2011

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What I did
The Corinth Beach and town

Flag of Greece  , Peloponnisos,
Thursday, December 8, 2011

I left Methoni on the 8.30 am bus which took me as far as Isthmus.  You can't buy the ticket at Methoni so must make a quick exit at Pylos to the ticket office at the bus stop, or buy in advance of course.

 This time the trip was via Kalamata where there was a short and very welcome break before the trip on to Tripolis and Isthmus.

At Isthmus I had only to wait about 10 minutes before the local bus took me to Corinth.

The weather had turned bright and sunny again, with a daytime temperature of 28 degrees C and at night 18 degrees C.  

I wanted to catch up on developments along the beach at Corinth and I was pleased with what I found.  More new apartments and houses, fewer piles of debris, and some sculptures.  Of course at this time of year there is no holiday atmosphere but there were people strolling around and it felt more lived in than last time I came.

There is construction work around the river: it looks as if there will be new roads and bridges.  I have a sense that Corinth has paused for breath in its plans to modernise, as progress seems to have slowed this past year.  The canaries still sing in their cages on balconies, and there are still unfinished and seemingly abandoned buildings; yet there are new stores in the centre of the town, and I especially like the design shops there.  There may be a recession in Greece yet there is commerce here, and if some places are closing then there are also new places opening.  

It was touching too, to buy pies at a bakery, receive a sesame seed ring as a gift and remember that the Greek spirit is indomitable.

In the evening I chose a light meal - a Cretan salad at one of the more modern restaurants in Corinth.  It was bright and cheerful atmosphere, another reminder that tradition and novelty exist side by side here.

In the morning I would be taking the metro and plane back the way I had come, and as a reminder that this warm sunny  trip was very close to midwinter and Christmas, there were decorations strung across the streets wishing us all "Chronia Pola" - meaning "many years" (our equivalent is "happy returns").    And so I hope it will be!
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