What Can I Take Back Home With Me?

One more Greek frappe for the road.

One more Greek frappe for the road.

So your vacation in Greece has dwindled down to its’ final hours and you sit in a lovely cafe sipping a delicious ice-cold “Frappe” or at a seaside taverna gulping down your last exquisite morsels of fried calamari while the waves tickle your toes with your head in your hands as you contemplate how you are going to take “all this” back with you.

Quality Greek products from all over Greece at a store in Athens near you.

Quality Greek products from all over Greece at a store in Athens near you.

How can you possibly leave without stashing away a bottle of Tsipouro, Mastic Liqueur or that fabulous red Agiorgitiko wine you’ve been having for the past 10 days? And what about all those wonderful cheeses you tasted on the islands, the fava beans you had in Santorini, the intensely aromatic honey you enjoyed for breakfast in Crete over your creamy Greek yogurt?

Well the good thing is that most of the above mentioned items can be taken back to the U.S. in moderation as long as you declare them. For alcoholic beverages the current limit is one liter. If you bring back more you will have to pay a tax.

What you can’t take back are meat products and fresh produce. It is always a good idea to check the Us Customs Department website for a valid list of all the products that are allowed entry.

Unforgettable memories of Greece.

Unforgettable memories of Greece.

So don’t waste your last hours fretting and worrying. Enjoy and savor your limited time. Thankfully there are many food stores in central Athens which offer all the wonderful products that you tasted in Greece.  And of course don’t forget to take back with you the most important things – your memories, the smiles and acts of kindness that you encountered along the way, the new insight you acquired of a different culture than your own and of course all the friends that you made along the way.

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