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Made In Athens: Greek Memorabilia Small Group Shopping Experience

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    Stop At: Monastiraki, Athens Greece

    Your Athens shopping tour will start out with a lesson in one of the most authentic traditions of local folklore: the mati, also known as the evil eye. You will learn about its origins and hear the legends that surround this magical object, which is part of virtually every household in Greece.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Avysinias Square, Athens Greece

    We’ll also grab a cup of Greek coffee in a very special art gallery, so that you’ll have a jolt of caffeine to kick off the rest of your Athens tour!

    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Psirri, Athens Greece

    Next up, you’ll learn about worry beads, locally known as komboloi, and a long-standing tradition. We’ll pop into the Komboloi Museum, where you can discover why these fidgety beads are found everywhere in Greece.

    Next, we’ll head to a shoe workshop that has had customers such as The Beatles, Barbara Streisand, Lily Tomlin and Sarah Jessica Parker, just to name a few! Find out from the artisan which sandals these celebs eventually bought.

    Athens holds its own when it comes to contemporary art, so we’ll lead you into one of the most innovative shops, which sells souvenirs crafted by the new generation of Greek artists. You’ll find delightfully fresh and different mementos to take back home, for a very original present for your friends (or yourself!).

    Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes

    Stop At: Adrianou Street, Odos Adrianou Plaka, Athens 105 55 Greece

    Finally, you’ll learn a bit about a favourite local game. Old cafés in Athens often host men playing tavli, the local version of backgammon. We will tell you everything about this popular game, and you’ll be able to shop for a game to take home with you, if you like.

    We’ll end our Athens shopping tour at a shop that sells more local tastes (such as more olive oil, of course!), before actually tasting some goods ourselves! We’ll visit a traditional venue and enjoy a platter of meze (seasonal Greek appetisers), paired with a glass of Greek wine.

    Duration: 1 hour 50 minutes
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