My Trip: My Athens Trip
Tinsey, London, United Kingdom
6:55 pm, April 17, 2012
The closest thing to a symbol of luck is the pomegranate (also a symbol of prosperity, abundance etc.). In Greek culture, the evil eye is more for protection rather than luck.
If you want something special and a little different to what a million other tourists will bring home with them, look out for a woori (talisman? good luck charm?) which is made of a number of objects of significance/amulets such as old coins, houses, pomegranates, keys, evil eyes, horseshoes tied together with ribbons. Wooris are very popular as presents for new year, but there are shops that sell them year round. One of my favourite is pgi PAGANI on Pandrosou Street in Plaka, where you can also find all sorts of traditional decorative items aimed at locals rather than cheap tourist tat. Pandrosou Street is close to Monastiraki station.
This is what a typical woori looks like: http://eshop.pagani.gr/index.php/diakosmitika/gouria/-238.html (you may have to copy and paste the link for it to work)
Special thanks Tinsey