A Travellerspoint blog

Corinth to Nablus

via Athens and Porto Rafti

storm 24 °C

Corinth to Nablus
Taxi ride via the Corinth canal to the station. A canal was proposed as early as 7BC the idea was abandoned in favour of a portage road, the Diolkos, where the boats were hauled overland for about 8Km. The Romans then had ago but it wasn’t finished until 1881 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corinth_Canal.
P9210010.JPG
20190921_110445.jpg
The train took us to Athens airport and a taxi transfer to the hotel. We were planning a swim in the sea but it was far too windy. The journey’s entertainment was trying to organise a rendezvous with Clare a friend of Val’s from school days , who just happened to be sailing in the area. They had been moored in the bay a few days before but we missed each other by a whisker and it was too windy for them to “retrace their tacks”!
20190921_153016.jpg
The next morning we flew out of Athens and arrived in Tel Aviv by 9:30. Superfast entry to Israel with no questions asked. We took the Sherut ( shared taxi in Hebrew, it is a minibus and does not operate to a timetable, leaving when all seats are taken) to The Damascus gate in Jerusalem. A quick stop for refreshment and for Val to change into more modest clothing ( you know how immodest I usually am!) and we were in the queue ( crush! ) for the bus (18) to Ramallah, actually we joined 3 crushes before getting a seat but we were lucky as we managed a seat on an air conditioned coach.

We passed the familiar sites and it felt good to be there; Garden Tomb, St Georges Cathedral, 2c77df30-df72-11e9-9320-89f62feee7d9.jpg
American Colony, Hellen Keller school for the blind. Soon were at the checkpoint, no searches for us but the delays to traffic are huge ,its chaotic.
20190922_140031.jpg20190922_141903.jpg
20190922_142051.jpg
A change of bus in Ramallah and onto Nablus. A windy road through the Olive clad mountains,
20190922_160717.jpg
a glimpse of some shepherds ( by chance this photo snap shows him praying, I think).
20190922_162556.jpg
The illegal settlements have become more established since I was here in 2014 and the road closures are having a huge impact on the ability of the locals to travel from city to city within the West Bank.
20190922_160352.jpg20190922_161121.jpg
Roads are closed to Palestinians allowing the settlers to travel with ease, so our journey of 41 miles took us just over 4 hours. Our journey of 33 miles from the airport to Jerusalem (Israel not Palestinian territory) was approximately 40 mins.
Alighting from the bus we were immediately welcomed by a passing local who ensured we knew the way to our guest house, a short walk int the Old City, past the Kanafeh shop and the soap factory and we arrived at the lovely Soufan Guest House. https://www.booking.com/hotel/ps/soufan-guest-house.html

20190923_101113.jpg
20190923_174858.jpg

Posted by Valfowles 22:47 Archived in Greece

Email this entryFacebookStumbleUpon

Table of contents

Be the first to comment on this entry.

This blog requires you to be a logged in member of Travellerspoint to place comments.

Enter your Travellerspoint login details below

( What's this? )

If you aren't a member of Travellerspoint yet, you can join for free.

Join Travellerspoint