April 29, 2012

Istanbul: Hours of Turkish Bath House Bliss

I've always regretted that New Zealand has few, if any, public saunas or bathhouses that are not either meeting places for gay men or associated with gymnasiums. That's why one of the first things I wanted to do in Istanbul was discover the delights of the Turkish bath.

The opportunity came sooner than I thought. Our companion for a couple of days was an effervescent local called Ilginay, who had been deputised by the Tourist Ministry to take us under her wing for the day and, from the first moment, she had bath time in her sights. This was good for me because she impressed upon the owner of her favourite hamam - bath house - that he should waive the charge for her companions.

Read more on New Zealand Herald: Istanbul: Hours of Turkish Bath House Bliss

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