When I was brainstorming the places that I wanted to go this summer, Corinth was pretty high on the list. I listed it because it was one of the main Greek city-states (like Athens or Sparta), but then it dawned on me that this is another Biblical site. Paul visited Corinth after Athens and two books of the Bible are letters to the church that he started there. Although it would be cool to say I’m following Paul’s journey, we sort of picked up in the middle. He did go from Athens to Corinth, but he started in Macedonia and ended in Turkey. If my ultimate plan plays out, I will hit most of his stops, except the Turkish ones, just not in order.
Arrival
We took a taxi from Zeus Hostel to the bus station. There was some confusion about which platform to find the bus so we had to wait for the next one, which isn’t so bad, they run every hour. After a brief nap on the bus, we arrived at the canal station of Corinth, which turns out was the wrong bus stop and had to catch a taxi to our hotel, Hotel Acropolis. It was also decided that Katrina would ask about transportation from now on so that I would not “Randall” any of it again. The canal is beautiful though and I’m glad we saw it. You can take a boat through it although we did not. Hotel Acropolis is a small family-run hotel. Like Corinth itself, it is a nice quiet place. For the rest of that first day, we just kind of roamed around. There is a nice walking area along the harbor. The beach is rocky, but not too crowded which makes it relaxing. We stopped at a sea-side café, then roamed around some more. There is an area with nice restaurants, bars, cafes, etc., much like Athens. We found a traditional Greek place for dinner. We went to the beach and sat and star gazed for a while. Not the best place for seeing the night’s sky, but compared to Al Ain and Dubai, a great view.
Ancient Corinth
Essentially, this is the part that we came to see. Again, more ruins, but a pretty fascinating place. There was a famous temple to Apollo. Honestly, I was a bit sick this day and it was difficult for me to really appreciate it. We sat a couple of places to eat lunch and try to read 1 and 2 Corinthians, but were disrupted by a tour group (the same one twice). Having finally accomplished this, we continued. It was not until we reached the remains of the Bema, the building in which Paul was accused of causing trouble, that it finally hit me that I was standing in such a historic place. Again, there is nothing particularly special about Corinth. We made a quick visit and this is the major site and the only real one they we attempted to see. Just saying that I was in the same place as Paul is more than enough for me. Ultimately, this is what my entire trip is about. Seeing these places for myself.
Departure
The next day we packed and left our bags at the hotel and headed back to the beach. We stopped at a café for coffee, then got a chair on the beach itself. Turns out the café also operates the chairs. You do not have to rent a chair, but you do have to order something. Not bad at all. We chilled there for an hour or two, then grabbed our stuff at the hotel and were off to the bus station and back to Athens. We intended to go to the port that night and take an overnight ferry to Santorini. The bus dropped us at a metro stop and we took the metro back to the main square. We sat at the shisha place for a couple of hours until it was time to get back on the metro and head to the port.
Got Shisha?
They do not. We searched. We hoped. We asked. We were told there was once a “Turkish Nargila” place, but it closed a few years before. It is unfortunate, because, there were a few places that seemed perfect for it. Probably better for our lungs though.
Conclusion
There is nothing particularly special about Corinth outside of its history and biblical connection. It is a nice quiet beach town. I could have spent a couple more days there just relaxing. The Bible says that Paul spent a year and a half there, I can see why.

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