it's an owl, the symbol of the goddess athena. this is just one of many styles and in fact this is the one i bought. now he's a star! you can find his brothers and sisters at some of the tourist shops in plaka on adrianou street and in monastiraki but you may have to really search for them. check out the eyes. recognize them? exactly. this little owl also wards off the evil eye. actually this one's eye was put on a little sloppily but i think it adds charactor.
the bouzouki. these are handmade and can be bought at mousika organa at hfaistos 36 in monastiraki just beyond the train station on your right. if you are traveling and you don't want to bring your 40 year old martin guitar or your 1956 les paul with you then come here and buy a cheap copy that looks like the real thing that you can carry with you to the islands to serenade the girls with and leave it with the last one you sleep with. he has all sorts of musical instruments, strings, greek music songbooks, and even amplifiers if you want to come to greece and start a band.
feta is a brined curd cheese traditionally made across the wider eastern mediterranean basin, but is particularly identified with greece. feta is a crumbly aged cheese, commonly produced in blocks, and has a slightly grainy texture
nectar of the gods! greeks are world renowned bee-keepers and honey-makers! the bees gather nectar from the pristine mediterranean hillsides and imbue the honey with flavours from wild-flowers and herbs like thyme and rosemary. there are many well established honey's to try, like attiki honey, which has been around since 1928 and also a variety of artisan honeys that should not be missed. travel all over greece should be filled with honey and so be sure to bring some home to your loved ones!
olives from greece are like no other! specialist olive producers, the greeks make many different types of olives available. from different olive tree cultivars to different harvest times and treating processes; you are almost sure to find an olive that you or a loved one will enjoy intensely! green or black, pitted or unpitted, there is one for you! the olives in greece are named after the region in which they are grown, the most well known being kalamata olives from the areas surrounding the city of kalamata in the south of greece. it could be fun to bring back a few jars of olives to showcase the variety of olives that greece has to offer and to see how the regions and flavours match up.
there are many places that sell replica greek pottery, they make a really nice gift or something for you to remember your holiday.
you can never have too many of these. they ward off the evil-eye. if you have been having bad luck lately that may be the problem and one of these may help. you can find many different styles of these at just about any tourist shop in athens in all shapes and sizes and if they didn't work you would not see them in every greek household. at the intersection of pondrossou and aeolou street in monastiraki is a small shop called tzamala which is one of the last of the original greek tourist shops where you can find all the things that tourists used to buy fifty years ago before the commercialism that made every greek tourist shop the same set in. it is owned by two very nice women. for more about the evil eye
sausages and smoked meats: imagine the look of joy on a family members face when they ask what you brought them from greece and you pull out a big loukaniko (sausage) or a package of soutzouk (armenian beef sausage). then imagine the happiness you will feel when they tell you that while you were away they became a vegetarian, and now it belongs to you. yes, loukaniko, soutzouk and pastourma make great gifts, especially to yourself and you can get them in packages or you can ask the shop to vacuum pack them for you. they will go great with the ouzo you brought home for your uncle that you never managed to give to him and has been sitting in your liquor cabinet since your previous trip to greece
tsipouro (greek: ?s?p????) is a pomace brandy from greece and in particular thessaly (tsipouro tyrnavou), epirus, macedonia, mani peninsula, and the island of crete (where cretans call it tsikoudia). tsipouro is a strong distilled spirit containing 40-45% alcohol by volume and is produced from the pomace (the residue of the wine press). it comes in two types: pure or anise-flavored.