If you have a car worth to drive 4km north of Corinth Isthmus and visit Loutraki, a popular seaside restort, most people go for swimming along the large pebble beach in front of the town (pics 1-2) and have lunch and one of the local restaurants. Loutraki was famous for its healing waters since the ancient times and even today you can visit the modern Thermal Spa of Loutraki that are located inside town. Loutraki is also famous for its spings, and has a popular high quality bottled water company named also Loutraki.
Other people visit Loutraki for its famous casino but there are much more interesting places to visit a few km outside the town. We took the road towards Perachora village and visited the beautiful Vouliagmeni lake (pics 4-5) and the Heraion cape (pic 3) that has ancient ruins next to a small picturesque beach. We also drove up to Mount Geraneia to visit the monastery of Saint Patapios that offers breathtaking view over Loutraki.
Saw this sign here - my visit was outside the advertised months of activity though how unfortunate I couldnt take the opportunity to scare myself silly jumping upside down into the Corinth Canal!
30,000 advertised jumps already though - it must be good!
When trying to decide where to go to take advantage of May being a great month to catch the spring look at its peak - ie spring flowers, poppies and so on - I ended up going to Greece which after 8 years in Greece was finally my first visit to Greece.
Driving on from the Athens airport I headed on up to Corinth to see the Corinth Canal (inspired by Janetanne's pages!) and then on to ancient Corinth where Paul the Apostle spent some time and wrote his letter in the Bible to the Corinthians still longlasting.
Enroute to the Corinth canal I came across my first glimpses of Greece in spring! Foliage in flower along the sides of the freeways but also when off on the side roads in the villages and countryside.
The Corinth rift is one of the most seismically active zones in Europe and its study is of major interest from the whole continent.
The Corinth Rift Laboratory (CRL) has its headquarters in Algion but it is a European collaborative laboratory that puts together top level European laboratories, public and private to work on the Corinth rift : 11 from France, 1 from Germany, 4 from Greece, 1 from Italy, 3 from UK and 1 from Belgium. CRL is a research project supported by the European Commission.
The web site of the Corinth Rift Laboratory gives interesting information about the seismically active zones in southern Europe, around the Mediterranean.
The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts has one of the most representative collections in Russia of foreign art dated from ancient times to modern days.
You may see wonderful Corinthean Vases there: Kylix Riders and Padded Dancers (V century BC), Alabaster Cock, Typhon, Siren, Heracles, Lion.
Daily 10 a.m. — 7 p.m. (entrance till 6 p.m.)
Closed — Mondays
121019, Russia, Moscow, Volkhonka st., 12
Admission 100 rubles ($4) for Russian citizens and 300 rubles ($12) for others.
The canal is nowadays mostly used by tourist ships.
You may take an advantage of the 1 hour and 15 minutes cruise over the Canal with the "Canal Vista". Enjoy the imposing landscape in the Corinth Canal’s protected waters, one of the of the 19th Century world’s engineering masterpieces, and be guided through its history, which starts at 602 B.C.
The cruiser "Canal Vista" comprises a Greek Liberty type 2-decker 26m wooden vessel built in year 2000 can accommodate about 200 passengers (100 during winter period), and
offers approximately 250 s.m. of deck space with a fully A/C lounge and bar.