21 Weird Greek Superstitions




Lucky Bat Bones
Lucky Bat Bones


All countries and cultures have their own customs, traditions and superstitions, some happen to have more than others, take Greece for example, here are just a few weird Greek superstitions that any Greek worth his salt adheres to!


1. “To Mati” The evil eye.

 
The Greek evil eye charms & amulets
The Greek evil eye charms & amulets



This must be the most well-known of Greek superstitions, the curse of the evil eye, said to be caused by jealousy and excessive praise, Greek evil eye  charms and amulets, in the shape of eyes, are worn, carried in pockets, or hung on walls, to ward off this bad fortune.

To test if you have been unlucky enough to have been touched by the curse of the evil eye, place a drop of oil in a glass of water, if it floats, all is well, you have not been afflicted, if it sinks though, well, then it’s a good idea to call a Greek mama to say her secret prayer for you, and when you start yawning, that’s the sign the curse is leaving you!


2. “Filaxta” Talismans and amulets.


  "Filaxta" Greek charms & amulets
"Filaxta" Greek charms & amulets



Flilaxta, are Greek amulets, or talismans, usually seen pinned to babies, or children’s clothes, but are also carried in the pockets and purses of older people, and are believed to ward off the evil eye.

Called “Baskania” by The Greek Orthodox Church, small pieces of cloth are sewn into tiny sachets, embellished with beads, or the sign of the cross, filled with cotton wool soaked in holy oil, which has been blessed by a priest, or pieces of olive branch or basil, that has been used in some religious ceremony, performed by a priest.

Anything that is from holy ground, or that has been blessed by a priest, can be used to fill these “Filaxta”.


3. Spitting


Nais, taking spitting to another level!
Nais, taking spitting to another level,
and making double sure of protection from the evil eye, is that a Greek evil eye bracelet I see on her wrist?



Don’t be too surprised to see Greeks spitting all over the place, actually, it is not spitting as such, but more of a spitting sound;

 “Ftou, Ftou Flou”

Always spit three times (Three depicting The Holy Trinity; Father, Son and Holy Ghost), and you’ll be kept safe from the evil eye.

If you hear someone speaking of misfortune and misery, say “Ftou, Ftou, Ftou”, that should keep the same misfortune and misery away from you and your loved ones.

Fishermen spit on their nets, to ensure a good catch, and Greek babies are “Ftou, Ftou Ftoued” over,  all the  time, to keep the devil at bay.


4. Itchy palms


Giving or receiving? Which palm was itchy, left or right?
Giving or receiving?
Which palm was itchy, left or right?

 
Next time your palm itches, take note which one has the tickle, left, or right?
I hope for your sake, that it’s the right palm, this means you’re going to receive money, not a welcome itch if it’s the left palm though, you’ll be the one giving money to someone else’s itchy right palm!


5. Open scissors


Always close scissors, never leave them open Painting Raymond Logan
Always close scissors, never leave them open
Painting Raymond Logan



After using a pair of scissors, never put them down with the blades open, this is just an invitation for people to talk about you, and not in a good way!


6. Never leave shoes lying on their side


Even if your shoes are red-soled Louboutin,  don't leave them lying sideways
Even if your shoes are red-soled Louboutin,
 don't leave them lying sideways


Even if your shoes are coveted Louboutin, restrain yourself from leaving them lying on their side, in order to admire those cherry - red-soles.

Shoes left on their sides means bad luck, lots of it, some say even death!



7. Never leave your slippers sole-side up while you sleep.



Offending slippers
Offending slippers


If you want to have children, then be careful not to leave your slippers sole-side up while sleeping, a sure way, according to Greek folklore, to remain childless.



8. Writing boy’s names on the soles of wedding shoes.



Who will marry me?
Who will marry me?


Want to know who’ll you marry?
When attending weddings, young, unmarried girls, and bridesmaids, write the names of their loved ones on the soles of their shoes, or, the name of the boy they have their eye on.

If, at the end of the day, the name has not worn off, then, you soon may be hearing your own wedding bells.
Have you noticed how young Greek girls seem to walk so, so, carefully at weddings?

Now you know why!


9. Don’t hand over a knife


Lay your knives on the table
Lay your knives on the table


If someone asks you to pass them a knife, never put it straight into their hand, if you want to remain friends.

Place the knife on the table, in front of them, for them to pick up themselves, otherwise, you will fight, or your friendship will be cut short.


10. Never give perfume as a gift without receiving a coin in exchange.

Smells like a break-up
Smells like a break-up

If you can’t imagine live without your best friend, or don’t want to break up with your boyfriend, don’t give them perfume as a gift.
Giving perfume as a gift is a sure-fired way, according to the Greeks, to ruin any relationship.
If you absolutely must buy them the latest cult fragrance, make sure they give you a coin in return; this should ward off any evil vibes!


11. Always enter and leave a house by the same door.



If you came in this way, you leave this way.
If you came in this way, you leave this way.



When visiting someone, always leave from the door through which you entered,
don’t go in the back door, and leave through the front, or vise versa, if you don’t want to break up a romantic relationship.


12. Salt sees off unwelcome visitors



Worth a pinch of salt
Worth a pinch of salt

Someone overstayed their welcome?
Never fear; a pinch of salt, thrown behind their back, will see them on their way!

It’s also said, salt sprinkled in a new home, will drive out evil spirits.


13. Don’t eat straight from the pot.


Who could resit pinching one of these potatoes  straight from the pot?
Who could resit pinching one of these potatoes
 straight from the pot?

Everyone hopes for glorious weather on their wedding day, right?
Make the effort to put your food on a plate then, never eat straight from the cooking pot, that’s just asking for bad weather on your wedding day!


14. Lucky bat bones


Bat bones, lucky for some.
Bat bones, lucky for some.


Especially on the Greek islands, bat bones are considered lucky, and are carried around in pockets and purses, to attract good luck.
On Corfu, I have heard, they believe to actually chew on bat bones brings the most luck!
The problem here is how to acquire a good set of bat bones, as it’s known to be so unlucky to kill a bat!


 15.  Try not to spot a priest walking in the street.


Greek Priests "Garlic, garlic!"
Greek Priests
"Garlic, garlic!"

Everybody loves a Greek priest, but, even though they are revered, look away quickly, if you see one in the street, it’s thought to be a bad omen.

If you can’t avoid a priest out and about on the streets, whisper “Skorda” garlic, this should do the trick of deflecting any bad omens!


16. Always steal plant cuttings.



Never pay for a plant cutting
They must have been Greek!

If you want plant cuttings to flourish, never ask for them from neighbours, family or friends, pinch them, it’s the only way for them to take root !

On eyeing up a particularly handsome plant, in a friends garden, on asking for a cutting, the friend is likely to reply;

“Come and take a cutting tonight, when I’ve gone to bed, so I don’t see you”

If you turn up too early, and they happen to be looking out of the window, well, then, they’ll just turn a blind eye!


17. Never leave a purse or wallet completely empty.



Money in my pocket
Money in my pocket


Money attracts money, so they say, so, never leave a purse or wallet empty, at least leave a couple of coins in there, and hope for some attraction!


18. Plant cactus outside the door.


Cactus security
Cactus security


Greece has the perfect climate for cactus, and they seem to grow anywhere and everywhere, but have you noticed, that it’s quite common to see them planted, either in pots, or in the ground, outside doors and entrances?

This is because these plants are considered useful as spiky, prickly door men, keeping the undesirable evil spirits out of the house.


19. Sneezing


Atchoo!
Atchoo!

Greeks believe, that when you sneeze, someone is talking about you, to find out who that someone is, ask whoever is with you, to give you a three digit number, add the digits together, for example, say they give you the number 123:
123 1+2+3=6, the name of the person who is talking about you, begins with the sixth letter of the alphabet.


20. Crows


"Sto Kalo, Sto Kalo" Picture by Colette Davis
"Sto Kalo, Sto Kalo"
Picture by Colette Davis


To the Greeks, crows represent a bad omen, bad news, misfortune and death, and the crow was a symbol of the occult in ancient Greek mythology.

When they see, or hear a crow, a Greek is likely to say:

“Sto kalo, sto kalo, kala nea tha mou ferris”

This means, literally:

“Go to the good, go to the good and bring me good news”
With this, they send the crow on its way, with instructions not to return without good news.


21. Salt, bread and eggs should never leave the house after sunset.



Not allowed out after dark
Not allowed out after dark


If a neighbor comes knocking on your door after dark, asking to borrow either salt, eggs or bread, say no!

If any of these three items leave your house after dark, you and anyone else living in the house are doomed, bad luck will befall you all, you will be inflicted with the evil eye.

Be very, very careful, people can b sly and may ask you for these items after dark, with the intent of causing you and your family harm, always say no!



Taking all of the above superstitions into account, if you come across someone decked out in evil eyes and amulets, spitting all over the place, muttering “Garlic, garlic” under their breath, while chomping on a bat bone, well, there’s a very good chance that it’s a Greek!




How the ancient city of Athens got its name and the sacred olive trees of Greece.

The Acropolis of Athens by Leo von Klenze (1846) .Neue Pinakothek  Munich
The Acropolis of Athens by Leo von Klenze (1846)
.Neue Pinakothek
Munich

 "The entire Mediterranean seems to rise out of the sour, pungent taste of black olives between the teeth. A taste older than meat or wine, a taste as old as cold water. Only the sea itself seems as ancient a part of the region as the olive and its oil, that like no other products of nature, have shaped civilizations from remotest antiquity to the present."

From  the book "Prospero's Cell: A Guide to the Landscape and Manners of the Island of Corfu (Greece)" by Lawrence Durrell.


The olive tree has been sacrosanct for Greeks since ancient times, it is a a symbol of peace, wisdom and triumph and so revered  was the olive tree to the Greeks, that olive groves were considered sacred ground, only virgins and chaste men were
 allowed to cultivate them.


Olive groves of Greece Photo by alexandros9
Olive groves of Greece
Photo by alexandros9 


Solon(638-558 BC) an Athenian statesman, lawmaker, and poet created a law prohibiting the cutting down of olive trees.

The punishment was death!

Hercules, the hero of Greek mythology, was protected by a wreath of olive leaves, (Kotinos in Greek), and it  was a wreath made from olive leaves that was used to crown champions at the ancient Olympic games, leaves used for these wreaths were taken from a sacred olive tree near the temple of Zeus at Olympia.


Victor of ancient Olympic games being crowned with a "Kotinos" Olive leave wreath, depicted on Ancient Greek pottery
Victor of ancient Olympic games being crowned with a "Kotinos"
Olive leave wreath, depicted on
Ancient Greek pottery

  The ancient Greek philosopher, Sophocles, said, of the olive tree;


"The tree that feeds the children"


Homer, great Greek poet, author of "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey", when referring to Greek olive oil, called it "Liquid gold"


Greek olive oil "Liquid gold"
Greek olive oil
"Liquid gold"


 In the first book of The Old Testament, Genesis, a dove released by Noah, returned with an olive branch, to show that the floods had receded.

This has been a symbol of peace ever since.



Dove & olive branch Picasso Symbol of Peace
Dove & olive branch
Picasso
Symbol of Peace


As you can see from the above, the olive trees of  ancient Greece were sacred, no other tree came close, it comes as no surprise then, to learn, that this glorious tree played a part in the naming of one of the oldest cities in the world, continuously inhabited for at least 5000 years, the  most powerful city of ancient Greece, Athens.


In ancient times, the most well-known city of Greece, and center of commerce, a beautiful city, atop a hill, was named Cecrops, after its ruler, a mythical creature, half man and half snake.


Cecrops, legendary creature of ancient Greece Half man, half snake. Once ruler of Cecrops, today, the city known as Athens.
Cecrops, legendary creature of ancient Greece
Half man, half snake.
Once ruler of Cecrops, today, the city known as Athens.


The twelve Gods, of Mount Olympus, a wonderful place to live at the time, thought the grass looked greener, over there in Cecrops, and got to thinking;

 "Why should we take no credit for this thriving city?"

 "It should be named after one of us!"

To cut a long story short, as Greek myths tend to be, after a heated debate, two Gods were declared suitable of honouring this great city of Greece with their name, but which one? 


Both contenders, Poseidon, God of the sea, and Athena, Goddess of wisdom, begged Zeus, ruler of all Greek Gods, to become the Patron God of Cecrops.



Poseidon God of the sea
Poseidon
God of the sea


After much deep thought, Zeus came up with an idea, each contender would present a gift to the ruler Cecrops and his citizens, the citizens would then choose which gift they preferred and the city would then, take the giver's name.

Poseidon and Athina, went away, to think about what could be the best ever gift for the people of Cecrops.

After weeks of much thinking and preparation, the two Gods returned to the city on the hill, and were ready to present their carefully thought-over gifts to its citizens.


The contest of Athena and Poseidon. West Pediment of the Parthenon Photo Tilemachos Efthimiadis
The contest of Athena and Poseidon. West Pediment of the Parthenon
Photo Tilemachos Efthimiadis


First up was Poseidon, who struck the rock with his trident and out flowed water, symbolizing naval power.
  (There are other versions that state Poseidon's gift was a horse.)

"Choose me" said Poseidon  "Here is a never-ending flow of water, never again will you go thirsty, never again will you experience drought"

But when the people tasted the water, it was salty, of course, Poseidon is God of the sea!

Now it was Athena's turn, in her hand she held a single seed, which she threw to the ground, where it instantly took root and became an olive tree, symbol of peace and prosperity.

(Some versions of the story have Athena striking the ground with her spear, and an olive tree appeared)



Athena Goddess of wisdom
Athena
Goddess of wisdom



"Choose me" said Athena "I shall plant these trees throughout the region, you shall never want for food, oil or firewood"

The citizens weren't stupid, they rose to their feet, chanting " Athena, Athena, we name our city Athena"

And the rest is history!


A sacred olive tree, thought to be the one originally created by Athena, all those thousands of years ago, was still growing on the Acropolis, in the 2nd century AD, according to Pausanias (Greek traveller and geographer), but Herodotus (Greek historian) claims the tree was burnt in The Persian Wars 499-449 BC, and that shoots shot forth from the stump of the burnt tree, and that is the olive tree which remains on the Acropolis today!


Sacred olive tree of the Acropolis. Athens. Greece  Photo by Gianna Arax
Sacred olive tree of the Acropolis. Athens. Greece
 Photo by Gianna Arax


Olive trees have been thriving in Greece for well over ten thousand years.
One of the seven oldest trees in the World is an olive tree.

The olive tree of Vouves  (a village on the island of Crete.)
is thought to be between three and five thousand years old.
It still produces olives which, as you can imagine, are highly prized!


Olive tree of Vouves, Crete One of the oldest trees in the world Thought to be between 3000, and 5000 years old!
Olive tree of Vouves, Crete
One of the oldest trees in the world
Thought to be between 3000, and 5000 years old!


Olive trees are hardy, drought, disease and fire resistant, if rather slow-growing, which accounts for their longevity, the average age for an olive tree being three to four hundred years!


"GREECE IS A VINE AN OLIVE TREE AND A BOAT"

Greek Nobel prize winner for literature
Odysseus Elytis

More Magical Greek Myths







Shop all things Greek on Amazon. Great Christmas gift ideas for all the family. Go Greek this year with Amazon!


Shop Greek At Amazon
Shop Greek At Amazon


We all love Amazon, my go to site for books, music and much more.

Especially books, books written in English are plentiful in Greece, bestsellers, or Greek bestsellers translated into English, but if you’re looking for something a bit more eclectic, then, they’re rather thin on the ground.

I’m asked time and time again, by readers outside of Greece, “Where can I find petimezi, mastica, Greek coffee, oregano, basil etc?”

Amazon; that’s where!

Amazon Affiliates, reward me, by allotting to me, a teensy-weensy commission (With no extra cost to you), on items bought by customers, sent to them from my blog.

So, I thought I’d help you, by tracking down, all things Greek, to add that little bit of “Greekness” to your lives!

I've chosen for you, the best that Amazon has to offer, Items with the most favourable reviews, and, there is nothing on this list, that I would not purchase for myself.


Travel Books


Visiting Greece in the near future?

 Do your homework before you go, study some of the best Greek travel books around.

Don’t forget to take them with you; they’re a mine of information, from the best hotels, the cleanest beaches, where to eat, to local public transport timetables, and what to visit.

They really do help make you make the most of your trip to Greece.




                              



                                 



Books depicting life in Greece.
 (As experienced by non-Greeks)


Many times, I see “Life in Greece” type of books, classed as travel books.
It’s true, you may read one of these books, and think “Wow, I really have to visit there”,
So, in a way, yes, they could be travel books.

 I prefer to think of them as autobiographies, a chapter out of someone’s life.

All the books below, I have read, and enjoyed so much, I would like to share them with you.

My favourite, by far, is “The Colossus of Marousi” written by Henry Miller, who just happened to be a great friend and travellling companion, of Lawrence Durrell, who has written the most wonderful books about life in Greece, before, and after, WWII.

I’ve never counted how many books he has written, but, I have them all!
Far too many to list here, so I’ll just put his most popular.

I can’t leave out Lawrence’s younger brother Gerald, author of “My Family and Other Animals” (Now a TV series), containing hilarious anecdotes about life on the Greek island of Corfu.


A bonus for you here, in the book I chose By Gerald Durrell, you get to read his other two brilliant books, that make up "The Corfu Trilogy";


 "Birds Beasts and Relatives" and "Garden of the Gods"

 I first read "My Family and Other Animals" at school, and have re-read it many times since.

Little did I know at the time, that one day, I also would be living a “Greek life”.

Patrick Leigh Fermor, traveled, on foot, from England, to Constantinople,

spending much time in Greece along the way.

At the outbreak of WWII, and the subsequent occupation of Greece by The Germans, Patrick, returned to help the Greeks.

Such was his love for Greece and the Greeks; he built a house, in the hauntingly beautiful Mani region of the Peloponnese, where he lived until his death in June 2011.



   Henry Miller            Lawrence Durrell       Lawrence Durrell          Lawrence Durrell
                        ;



  Lawrence Durrell         Gerald Durrell       Patrick Leigh Fermor   Patrick Leigh Fermor
                          



Patrick Leigh Fermor  Patrick Leigh Fermor  Patrick Leigh Fermor   Patrick Leigh Fermor
                                



A few of my favourite books


"Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews" by Mark Mazower. 
"Salonica", tells the tale, of how, before the intervention of "The powers that be" interfered, Christians, Muslims and Jews of Thessaloniki (Salonica), lived in harmony, each playing their important role in society, which was then under Ottoman rule.
Once the richest port in Europe, Thessaloniki went downhill fast, after being freed from the Ottomans in 2012.
A lesson about tolerance is to found in this book.I was so enthralled with this book, I read it twice, and will no doubt read again.


"Birds Without Wings"
from the author of "Captain Corelli's Mandolin", another favourite of mine, again, a tale of how different cultures and religions, Greeks and Turks, lived together peacefully, until politics rears its ugly head.

"The Great Fire"  
The harrowing story of a Methodist Minister and a principled American naval officer who helped rescue more than 250,000 refugees during the genocide of Armenian and Greek Christians—a tale of bravery, morality, and politics, published to coincide with the genocide’s centennial.
"The year was 1922: World War I had just come to a close, the Ottoman Empire was in decline, and Asa Jennings, a YMCA worker from upstate New York, had just arrived in the quiet coastal city of Smyrna to teach sports to boys. Several hundred miles to the east in Turkey’s interior, tensions between Greeks and Turks had boiled over into deadly violence. Mustapha Kemal, now known as Ataturk, and his Muslim army soon advanced into Smyrna, a Christian city, where a half a million terrified Greek and Armenian refugees had fled in a desperate attempt to escape his troops. Turkish soldiers proceeded to burn the city and rape and kill countless Christian refugees. Unwilling to leave with the other American civilians and determined to get Armenians and Greeks out of the doomed city, Jennings worked tirelessly to feed and transport the thousands of people gathered at the city’s Quay."

"Middlesex" by Jeffrey Eugenides 

  "I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of l974. . . My birth certificate lists my name as Calliope Helen Stephanides. My most recent driver's license...records my first name simply as Cal."

"So begins the breathtaking story of Calliope Stephanides and three generations of the Greek-American Stephanides family who travel from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus in Asia Minor to Prohibition-era Detroit, witnessing its glory days as the Motor City, and the race riots of l967, before they move out to the tree-lined streets of suburban Grosse Pointe, Michigan. To understand why Calliope is not like other girls, she has to uncover a guilty family secret and the astonishing genetic history that turns Callie into Cal, one of the most audacious and wondrous narrators in contemporary fiction. Lyrical and thrilling, Middlesex is an exhilarating reinvention of the American epic."       

"The Embroiderer" Kathryn Gauci   

"Set against the mosques and minarets of Asia Minor and the ruins of ancient Athens, 'The Embroiderer' is a gripping saga of love and loss, hope and despair, and of the extraordinary courage of women in the face of adversity.
1822: During one of the bloodiest massacres of The Greek War of Independence, a child is born to a woman of legendary beauty in the Byzantine monastery of Nea Moni on the Greek island of Chios. The subsequent decades of bitter struggle between Greeks and Turks simmer to a head when the Greek army invades Turkey in 1919. During this time, Dimitra Lamartine arrives in Smyrna and gains fame and fortune as an embroiderer to the elite of Ottoman society."   

"The Dance of Dimitrios" Patrick Brigham
                                                                
"The Dance of Dimitrios is a mystery novel that mixes some of the horrors of illegal immigration with everyday events. DCI Lambert, who works for Europol - the European equivalent of the FBI - is sent to Greece in order to solve a cold case. Detective Chief Inspector Mike Lambert knows about people trafficking and the problems it causes governments throughout the world. Greece is the gateway into Europe for countless Middle-Eastern migrants, political refugees and terrorists. The story involves the discovery of a woman's body found floating in the River Ardas in Northern Greece."                         

                               


                        

I can't leave the great Greek author, Nikos Kazantsakis off the list, famous, among other things, for "Zorba the Greek"

This is the only book I have read in Greek, as my daughter had to said to me;

 "If you're going to read Zorba, it has to be read in Greek"

So I did!

It took me a little longer than usual, I struggled in a couple of places, but, I made to the finale.

A tale of the shenanigans of Zorba, who knew how to live; Greek-style, drinking, singing, dancing, generally having a good time, even though he had hardly a penny to his name.


Someone who really knew how to live in the moment.


                                                           




Victoria Hislop
Novels set in Greece


Have you read Victoria Hislop? If not, you should, Victoria writes moving, sometimes heart-breaking, sometimes happy, sometimes sad, novels, all  set in beautiful Greece.
The Island was made into a TV series, here in Greece, what a hit! The evenings it was showing, the streets were empty, everyone was was at home, watching "The Island" even my son, who's no fan of TV, watched!
I've read them all, but must order her latest, Cartes Postales from Greece.



                                     



                 



Greek Cookery Books


    
                                 

         
Greek Gourmet


I can’t tell you, the amount of times, family and friends, have visited me in Greece, enjoyed delicious Greek food, and, wanting to try their hand at certain recipes, once they are back home, tell me, they can’t find those special ingredients, that make or break a Greek dish.

Look no further, I’ve tracked them down for you on Amazon.

Petimezi

On the whole of Amazon.com, and Amazon UK, I found, French, Italian and Turkish petimezi, but, only one authentic, Greek petimezi.


Petimezi, pure concentrated grape juice, is the healthy alternative to sugar, this rich syrup, still made to day as it was thousands of years ago, is delicious over ice cream or yogurt, poured over fresh fruit, or used in  sweet/ sour recipes and, of course, can replace sugar in a multitude of cakes and biscuits.

Learn all about petimezi HERE

This one was  awarded the Great Taste Award 1013.

                                                                  




Greek Sweets




                                     


                                    


Mastic or Mastica


Mastic is a resin, or gum, from the mastic trees of the Greek island of Chios
Known as “Tears of Chios”, owing to the fact, that when the resin dries on the trunks of mastic tears, it becomes brittle and translucent, resembling tears.



Greek mastic from the trees on the Greek island of Chios.
Greek mastic from the trees on the Greek island of Chios.

On chewing, mastic becomes a white gum, the Greek word “mastic”, means “To gnash the teeth”, the English word masticate, is derived from this.

Mastic has a fresh, pine or cedar flavor, crushed to a fine powder, either in a food processor or pestle and mortar, is used to flavor liqueurs, ice cream, jam, Turkish delight, cakes and the famous Greek Easter bread, “Tsoureki”, and, of course, the well-known Greek chewing gum

Mastic is also used in cosmetics, soap, body lotion and perfume. It is an essential ingredient holy oil, used for anointing, in The Greek Orthodox Church.



                                    



Greek Honey



                                     


                       



Greek Yogurt

                                        

Greek Olive Oil


What needs to be said about this? It speaks for itself.
Pure Greek Olive Oil, simply the best.
Liquid gold.

                                   


Greek Coffee


Re-live your wonderful Greek holiday, once you are back home, with the unique aromatic flavour of Greek coffee.
Go one step further, buy the traditional "Briki" the authentic Greek coffee pot to brew up in.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


                                


Face & Body


Why not try the 100% natural, Greek cosmetic line Korres, reasonably priced, with products for both men and women?

The company was founded in Athens in 1996 by Georgos Korres, a pharmacist from Naxos, a pioneer In Greece in this field.

The products are amazing, the variety, the fragrances, the colours.
There’s anything you would ever need, bath and shower gels, body lotions, face creams, makeup and perfume.

They even have the everyday necessities such as toothpaste, hand creams and soaps.
The names sound just as good as they smell,
Such as; Santorini vine, water lily, vanilla cinnamon, basil lemon and much more.

All Korres products are accompanied by a list, stating what is and what isn't included in the ingredients; you know exactly what you are getting.

The makeup is wonderful too, with colours to suit all complexions.

The face creams cover all ages, I have used the black pine face cream, no, I thought my skin was beyond help, too much sun and too many cigarettes, but, I swear I saw improvement while using this, people even commented on it!

   
                                                                                                      
                                                                                           


                                       

           

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Fly the Greek flag, wear the Greek flag, let your dog go Greek!

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Happy Greek Christmas


Add a touch of Greek to your Christmas.

Sparkling Greek flags and delightful santas (Agios Vassilis)

"kala Christouyenna"

Happy Christmas!



                                     



                                    


                                    




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