Greek shop signs

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  1. This is a price list from a snack bar that sells Ouzo and mezedhes (Greek version of tapas!). The establishment known as an “ouzerí” in Greek is called “The Aegean Sea” and a little bottle of ouzo will cost you 7 €, a plate of fried whitebait 5 €, some grilled octopus 8.5 € and some yoghurt and cucumber dip (Jajiki) 3 €.
    Bon appétit!
  2. This is a Butcher’s Shop, appropriately (or perhaps not!) called “Good Heart” (literally! but implicit is the meaning of “cordiality” ;-). It is owned by Mr George Ioannides and a suitably pastoral, old-time scene is painted of a shepherd tending his flocks, in traditional Greek Folk costume. Ahhhh, makes you rather sorry for the poor beasties!
    Needless to say of course, that these shop signs are disappearing rapidly, unless a shop owner makes a conscious effort in conserving them or commissioning new ones in the same style.
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    Most shops in Athens do have the neon and plastic monstrosities that can be found elsewhere in the world. What a pity!
  3. Mr Malomytes’ Barbershop is called “Elegance” and the tools of his trade are appropriately displayed!
  4. A shop that has been in business in Athens since 1955, but has chosen a traditional style for its new shop sign. Perhaps what it sells has influenced the choice! It is named “Mandrake” and sells “Rare Herbs and Spices”. The owner is Mr Vasilopoulos.
  5. Mr Eleftheriades has chosen an obvious and unmistakable symbol for his shoe-shine and shoe repairing business. It looks as though even your luxurious fur-trimmed slippers can get overhauled in his establishment

 

gmalagon says:
This is great. Seeing your old signs & reading there descriptions was great. For someone who wants to go to Greece one day, I love this. I hope you trip is going great. Thanks & keep smiling!!!
Posted on: Dec 01, 2007
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