Turkish Bath – the real thing!

  Marie and I wanted to have the famous “Turkish Bath” experience while we were here.  Not the touristy, Americanized Turkish Bath – no sir-ree!  We wanted the authentic experience.  So, we sought out the “real thing” – and we  got it!

We found the perfect place.  A women’s hamman just around the corner from where we are staying.  

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The attendants running the bath didn’t speak a word of English, but we managed to get by with gestures.  They were really cute.

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In the dressing section, we were provided with a thin cotton towel to wrap in, and then we were led to a warm marble room – marble floors, marble walls, and marble water basins.  We sat back and relaxed, soaking in the heat and pouring water over ourselves.

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 Then, one at a time, we were called to the washing space.   This is where we layed down on a marble slab, and (using the loofahs that we brought) the Turkish woman scrubbed vigorously every inch of our bodies.  After that, came the sudsy massage.  My attendant had strong fingers – it almost hurt!

It was a rejuvenating experience, but now we are ready for a nap!

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About Karen Andrews

Travel With Me to Istanbul Blog: It's my first trip across the Atlantic Ocean! I'll be travelling with my son, Wes, and his wife, Jess (and friends will be joining us during our journeys) to Istanbul, Turkey for the month of June 2013. We have rented an apartment in the heart of the Old City. I can't wait to explore Istanbul and some other places in Turkey!
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5 Responses to Turkish Bath – the real thing!

  1. John A says:

    you’re going to have a hard time proving you went to Turkey…. I notice you never post pics of you !!!! LOL LOL LOL chicken….. Love ya Babes.. glad you’re having fun

  2. Jan says:

    I don’t know why it says John A says….. it was me !!!!

  3. Shelley says:

    What a great way to recover after being sick. It all sounds fabulous.

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