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Squeaky clean until you gleam!!
After falling for the spiel about a Turkish bath prolonging the life of a holiday tan our first visit was to the Hamam.
On arrival we were instructed to change into our swimwear (phew!) given some fetching slippers to wear and had a pestemal (a fringed towel) wrapped round us. We were lead into the steaming domed hot room and left for what seemed like an hour or more (realistically I think it was about 20 minutes!) We sat or lay on the large marble table and tried to get comfortable. The acoustics and dripping water made conversation near impossible so communication was mainly done through nervous laughter. None of the group had ever visited a Hamam before so we were all a little apprehensive.
When the two male masseurs finally came in they were grinning from ear to ear. One by one we all scoured with a loofah (or kese) which scrubbed off the top layers of our skin. The masseur then gained great delight in tipping freezing cold water over our heads. Next we were guided to the second masseur who covered us in warm soft bubbles and rubbed us clean, hmm maybe this isn’t so bad (we thought). But then came more cold water, lots more!!
On leaving the hot room our pestemals were returned and we sat outside to have a drink. We had all opted for the olive oil massage, which was gorgeous! The masseurs had a great sense of humour, I was however glad not to have ticklish feet!
So we were feeling fresh, clean and were truly gleaming, where should we visit tomorrow?
How about the mud baths!??!