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Rhodes ( Rodos ) island

In Rhodes city, it's the Old Town that is of special interest to shoppers. Here you'll find classic and contemporary gold and silver jewelry almost everywhere. The top-of-the-line Greek designer Ilias LaLaounis has a boutique on Museum Square. Alexandra Gold, on Odos Sokratous next to the Alexis Restaurant, offers stylish European work, elegant gold and platinum link bracelets, and beautifully set precious gems. For a dazzling collection of authentic antique and reproduction jewelry, as well as ceramics, silver, glass, and everything you'd expect to find in a bazaar, drop into Royal Silver, Odos Apellou 15 (off Odos Sokratous).

For imported leather goods and furs (the former often from nearby Turkey and the latter from northern Greece), stroll the length of Odos Sokratous. Antiquity buffs should drop into the Ministry of Culture Museum Reproduction Shop on Odos Ippitou, which sells excellent reproductions of ancient sculptures, friezes, and tiles. True antiques--furniture, carpets, porcelain, and paintings--can be found at Kalogirou Art, Odos Panetiou 30, in a wonderful old building with a pebble-mosaic floor and an exotic banana-tree garden near the Knights Palace.

Although most of what you find on Rhodes can be found throughout Greece, several products bear a special Rhodian mark. Rhodian wine has a fine reputation, and on weekdays you can visit two distinguished island wineries: C.A.I.R., at its new factory 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) outside of Rhodes city on the way to Lindos; and Emery, in the village of Embonas. Another distinctive product of Rhodes is a rare form of honey made from bees committed to Thimati (very like oregano). To get this you may have to drive to the villages of Siana or Vati and ask who has some extra. It's mostly sold out of private homes, as locals are in no hurry to give it up. Olive oil is also a local art, and the best is sold out of private homes, meaning that you simply have to make discreet inquiries regarding the best current sources.

Rhodes is also famed for handmade carpets and kilims, an enduring legacy from centuries of Ottoman occupation. There are currently some 40 women around the island who make carpets in their homes; some monasteries are also in on the act. There's a local carpet factory known as Kleopatra at Ayios Anthonias, on the main road to Lindos near Afandou; and, in the Old Town, these and other Rhodian handmade carpet and kilims are sold at Elafos, Odos Sokratous 25, and Royal Carpet, Odos Apellou 15. Finally, there is "Rhodian" lace and embroidery, much of which comes from Hong Kong. Ask for help to learn the difference between what's local and what's imported.

 
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