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!