Kos town is compact, and the central shopping area all but fits in the palm of your hand, so you can explore every lane and see what strikes you. If you've grown attached to the traditional music you've been hearing since your arrival in Greece and want some help in making the right selection, stop by either of the Ti Amo Music Stores, 11 El. Venizelou and 4 Ipsilandou, where Giorgos Hatzidimitris will help you find traditional or modern Greek music. At either shop you may sit and listen before making a purchase.

Even if you're unwilling to pack another thing, you won't notice the weight of the unique handmade gold medallions at the jewelry shop of N. Reissi, opposite the museum at 1 Plateia Kazouli (tel. 22420/28-229). Especially striking are the Kos medallions, designed and crafted by Ms. Reissi's father (60€-125€). Handcrafted rings, charms, and earrings are also on display. For unusual ceramic pieces, visit the shop of Lambis Pittas, at 6 Kanari (leading away from the inner harbor), or his factory at G. Papendreou (on the coast, leaving town for the southeast).

Another sort of treasure to bring home is a hand-painted Greek icon. Panajiotis Katapodis has been painting icons for over 40 years, both for churches and for individuals. His studio and home are on a hillside about 2km (1 mile) west of Kos center, at Ayios Nektarios, and visitors are welcome April through October, Monday through Saturday from 9am to 1pm and 4 to 9pm. The way is signposted from just east of the Casa Romana.


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