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a fun Trip report on Turkish Bath

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a fun Trip report on Turkish Bath

An expirance that is difficult to fully describe. We chose the Cagaloglu Hamami or turkish bath. It is medieval design. The Cagaloglu Hamami is probably the world's most famous Turkish Bath. It's featured in the 1000 places to go before you die book, and is reputed to have been visited by King Edward VII, Florence Nightingale, Tony Curtis and Cameron Diaz . You walk in and are greeted by two "bath guys" they give you the run down on the different bath options. We chose the bath and massage. We put down our green backs, picked out our soap and soapmit.

Ok, they give you the key to your "compartment" and in you go. directions from the aging gentleman were simple. "take off clothes, put on towel". no welcome to the bath, no: you may be concerned about modesty etc... .

you are escorted into the back. which opens into a huge domed room. at center is a huge marble slab. it is about a 1000 degrees. 10 bathers total. one of the employees (blue towel) says: go to hot room. I am thinking, this is fairly hot. i head to back. Hot room was an understatement. I sit down careful to keep knees together. How do you girls do it? I cook for 10 mins. then my "man" comes. "I am Ali" i said, yes you are. "come". Ali is lite on words and heavy on pounds. Ali looks to be expecting twins, and has the hair from planet apes. He directs me to lay flat on the center stone. I do. Enter turkish massage. a lot of chopping, and pulling mussle from bone, which is not as pleasent as it sounds. Ali is ingueiness in using elbows, and knees to knead soft tissue.

once my entire body has been streached, pulled and properly kneaded. Ali explianed, "now wash". I was directed to one of the side marble benches. being compeltley washed by another man is not something that i do on a regular basis. Ali puts on a sandpaper glove and begins to methodically remove 1 inch of my skin. He keeps showing me the glove. It is completely covered in skin removed. I nodded like this was great. Then he took his finger nails and removed the top layer of my scalp for 10 mins.

more soap, more scrubbing. at last i look like a drowned cat. at last he says: "ok done". I cant move. I finally find my way back to my compartment and change. take a pic with Ali. I tried to wish him luck with the twins...didnt translate well.

It was a once in a lifetime expirance. I did have a great time!

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(">)haha....so you came out a completely different man then!

Istanbul, Turkey
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Laughed like a drain at this post-thank you for giving me a great comic start to my day!

Regarding the 'expectant'gent,they have a saying in Turkey-" a man without a large belly is like a house without a balcony-unthinkable".In past times it was a sign that the man was rich,comfortable and well fed!Now it just means they can scare tourists LOL!!

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You definitely have a way with words, Cal! I loved reading this first thing in the morning...really made me laugh!

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Thanks for a very humorous account of this popular activity. I think it is great that you were able to maintain your thoughts in the heat and the pounding so we could have a glimpse of your experience.

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You make me laugh too much:) Thanks!

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hilarious report!

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Will be there in August, can't wait.

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This was some of the funniest things I have read in a long time....I actually have tears running down my face. However, we are planning on having a turkish bath, but I'm afraid if I show this to my husband, he will chicken out....but it is too funny to hold back. You should be a standup comic....or maybe you are!

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Cal, thanks so much for posting this hilarious report.

I just returned from a week away from this forum due to parental health problems, and your post was the perfect medicine for my first read back!

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10. Re: a fun Trip report on Turkish Bath

My cousin (female) reported a near identical experience-only she was bathed by a nude woman who was probably in her 80s! Thanks for the laugh :)