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Just do it!

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Just do it!

It is 12:45 IST. I just returned from my first hamam, which I skipped on my first trip and was reluctant to do this time.

My instincts were correct. I scheduled for 10:00 AM. I was the only one at that time and it was perfect. It was a relaxing and reflective experience for mind, body and spirit. It allowed me to savor more the beauty of the past few days.

I am hoping to reach all those in Istanbul now or those who will be traveling before you have time to read a full account in a trip report when I get home, please make a hamam a part of your itinerary.

Incidentally, I have been looking for a cameo for years in many countries including my past visit here. No luck. At the top of the hill from the hamami was a tiny antique store. There I found my treasure

It is my last day, I am limp and limber from my bath, and find this the perfect time to pack, relax with lunch and see what my last night will bring!

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1. Re: Just do it!

Hi Sharon,

I sure am glad you totally enjoyed your hammam experience. However you did not mention which hamam it was. So I am sure the readers at this thread will appreciate some details and tips for their own experiences.


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2. Re: Just do it!

I was trying not to be too specific at this time, but to encourage the experience and search information at a hamami that would be convenient to them.

I cannot recommend any other than Galatasary Hamami which is just meters from my hotel.But I am glad to share here a few tips and comments relative to this one.

It is historic. It is pristine and very friendly.

Today was rainy and bleak, and this offered a superb alternative to umbrellas and windbreakers, even if it was only for l-1/2 hours. Go early in the day. I was there at 10:15am. I had the place to myself. Do it on a day you feel you want a break from frenetic sightseeing.

The standard "full service" will include a loofah scrub, alternating temperature rinses, suds massage and finally a shampoo. Ladies, hairdryers are available, and even if they weren't, nothing could spoil the head, neck and shoulder massage given while shampooing.

If I were traveling with a significant other, I certainly would research the spas that

offer "co-ed" services. If the pleasure can be shared, that must be wonderful

And finally, it is now 4 pm and I am still feeling the calming effect of this morning's

service. Time for a nap!

Edited: 07 December 2011, 14:21
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3. Re: Just do it!

Sharon, I have been waiting for a post about your visit, and now I have one. Sounds like you have had a great time; I eagerly anticipate your detailed trip report.

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Sounds lovely!! :D

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