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Corinth in May
I wanted to go somewhere in May where I would see poppies! - May is the best month for poppies in a number of European countries and Ive been pleasantly satisfied getting poppy and springflower photos during driving trips during May elsewhere - and this time I was weighing up between Italy, where Id already had 3 recent winter visits, or Greece, for my first ever visit, or Poland for May being its well regarded month of blossoms.
May was a lovely, or even wonderful month for Corinth!! From leaving the airport at Athens I had enjoyed road sides in yellow flower splendour or here and there pink stretches, then around the Corinth Canal an assortment of springflowers blooming in an assortment of colours, including red poppies.
ARound the site of Ancient Corinth there were more and more patches of bright red poppies, yellow and purple and white flowers out in the fields - and then up at Ancient Corinth the hills were alive with the massive blaze of.... poppies!
The temperatures were ranging from a little too cool later in the nights to pleasant to getting close to almost too hot - but not quite - sunscreen and hat were definitely needed - so any closer into the summer months itd probably be uncomfortable - overall May was excellent! red poppies and flowers in amongst the ruins that were already exciting to be able to visit!
It is the oldest and biggest castle in Peloponnese, at an altitude of 575 m. It is connected with the suicide of Leonidas Sgouros, who fell equitant from the walls of the castle in 1210, as he didn't want to surrender to the Venetians...
even the dogs are sweet and sociable?!
Out for an early morning look around the main site of Ancient Corinth - before opening time and Id stopped again to look at the views over the Ancient theatre to the sea and the temple of Apollo under a different coloured sky as last nights view and getting pics of poppies amongst the rocks and shapes of things from many centuries before - when a number of dogs seemed to descend on the open road area to greet each other good morning - no barking or growling just a bit of sniffing and seemingly hugging and playful bantering and then off they ran.
All nice looking and appearing as well kept dogs. But if youre not one for dogs then bear in mind theres a number of them around (plus the mum one with a load of pups in the main excavation site enclosure near the exit gate I photographed the afternoon before when having to make do with looking through the fences and then again at 3pm when we were all booted out so early!) and saw other tourists coo cooing at the puppies. But when the puppies were yelping as if hungry the silly dog just ran off down the Lechaion way to bark at a mob of goats on the other side!
Fountain of Peirene
The elaborate fountain of Peirene stands below the level of the agora, to the side of an excavated stretch of the marble paved Lechaion Way - which was the main approach to the city.
On the site of a natural spring which still flows through underground cisterns and supplies the modern village of Arhea Corinth. The water was channelled into a magnificent fountain and pool in the courtyard within a colonnaded and frescoed recess which had been provided as a gift from Herodes Atticus, a weathly Athenian and friend of Emperor Hadrian.
the fountain of Hatzi Mustafa
Apparently many sites around Greece that show any bearings of Ottoman or Turkish occupation have been defaced or removed - but here at the beginnning of the ascent up to the acropolis site of Ancient Corinth, Acrocorinth is the still used fountain from Ottoman days, of Hatzi Mustafa.
It has since been christianized with crosses but the turkish or arabic inscriptions can be clearly seen.
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