Happy Birthday!

Trip Start Mar 18, 2011
Trip End Apr 02, 2011

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St Nikolas Hotel

Flag of Greece  , Dodecanese,
Friday, March 25, 2011

Today we stayed in town because today, March 25, is Greece's National Holiday.  Susan thought it odd that a country with two-and-a-half millenia of rich history would pick a date from only 44 years ago to call its "birthday".  We heard any self-respecting public worker would never work on the holiday so we stayed in town to watch the parade at 11am along the waterfront.

Breakfast in the courtyard is proving to be a habit.  Then off to the parade route, crowds, the ambience of a festival.  Two loads of tourists from cruise ships added to the excitement in the streets; most stalls were open for business.

After lunch downtown we drifted home for a quiet afternoon.  Marina showed us snapshots from 20 years ago when they were excavating their back courtyard to build part of the Hotel and they discovered Roman ruins about 8-10' down.  As we heard people in Rome say, this is very common when you dig down.  Of course, you are supposed to immediately notify the authorities who come for an assessment, if not much more.  Marina says some people just keep it quiet and cover the ruins up to prevent the hastle!  There is a Roman agora (marketplace) just steps south of here; the ruins in their backyard are an extension of that site.  The archaelogists say the marble pediment from a roof, found upside down with a skeleton underneath (clear in the photos: skull, ribs, leg and arm bones, etc.), was the result of an earthquake.  The piece is now on display across town in the Archeology Museum of Rhodes.

Tonight we returned to a restaurant we used on our first night.  The town is clamped down for the night.  Tomorrow we get back in our rental car and drive south down the west coast. 
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