We stayed for eight days in Istanbul in September of 2013 and had plenty time to see everything and do those little extras like have coffee in the Grand Bazaar, two visits to the Hammam and exploring the less touristy aspects of Istanbul. Our Hotel, Sirkeci Konak (fabulous) was next door to Tuncer Gift Shop. We started our relationship with the store, through exchanging pleasantries every morning and over the course of our stay and always enjoyed browsing and chatting with Ali who was outside most times.
At the start of our trip, I said to Ali, I will come and visit your store, before we leave, thinking that I would check out the bazaar and other stores as well to get ideas of price and quality. However I learned throughout my many chats with Ali, that cheap items may have less life and may not be safe to eat from etc. Over the period of our stay, I learned so much from Ali and found the items to be of the best quality and also very reasonable.
On our last day, I left the Hotel early to spend some time in the Tuncer Gift shop, and made my final decisions. On telling Ali, that I wanted to wait for my husband, to show him the purchases, he invited me to a cup of apple tea. Once hubby arrived, Ali and his team wrapped our items with the utmost care for the trip back to Australia. They went above and beyond in their service.
Outcome: All fabulous items made it safely back to Oz, prices were great and quality awesome!
Spending time in Tuncer Gift Shop is great, doing deals on multiple items- excellent, but sipping apple tea with Ali, sitting out the front of the store - Priceless!
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