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Holiday in Turkey : Turkish Bath Experience

The Turkish Bath or Hamam is a paradise of water and steam, an experience that any visitor to Turkey should try. I recommend it is the first place you visit when coming to Turkey for two reasons. Firstly you will start your holiday relaxed. Secondly it will give you a fantastic base for your tan, once all of your dead skin is removed. Just imagine how disappointed you would be if you spend two weeks perfecting that tan to have it all rubbed off at the end of your holiday!

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Here is what to expect! Most of the Turkish bath masseurs are male. Before you enter the Hamam and if you prefer a woman to do the pummelling then simply ask. It is also important to know that there is no mixing of sexes within the Hamam.

You will start in the “relaxation room” this is heated by a constant flow of hot dry air, the idea is to make you sweat (or perspire if you are a lady) opening your pores allowing all the impurities to leave your body.

Next seems a little cruel but I am told is a very important part of the experience. Your body will now be hot and cold water is poured over you from head to foot. Try and not howl or run away, they only chase you. Once you have recovered from this it is time to lay supine on a large heated stone to be soaped within an inch of your life. Whilst being soaped you will receive a deep massage. If you have any problem areas or want a gentle massage just say. Though I am not sure if gentle is in their vocabulary.

Finally you will be lead to the relaxation room where you can sit, drink ice cool water and appreciate the feeling of complete relaxation. Perfect, I guarantee that for the next few days you will feel amazing. Soft glowing skin and relaxation like never before.

Ref: HolidayMate  > article : http://www.holidaymate.com/blog/turkish-bath/
http://www.allaboutturkey.com/hamam.htm

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Food in Turkey – Turkish Cuisine

 

When people think of Turkish food (Mugfagi) they think of Kebabs. But Turkey has an amazing array of foods on offer to tourists and locals alike. Turkish cuisine has survived and stood the test of time for approx 1300 years utilising fresh supplies, fruit, vegetables herbs and spices, from the Mediterranean climate dating back to Ottoman times.

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Turkish food can be simple or exotic but always tasty. Soup (Corba) is served daily, mostly before a meal but also at breakfast time, spicy lentil being the most popular so if you are offered soup for breakfast don’t be alarmed its quite normal.

There are a wide variety of Kebabs, in Turkey a Kebab is not just an open piece of bread filled with meat. Each region has its own speciality, sis, doner, alanazik, tandir and many more, most will be lamb based and if you are lucky served with thick creamy yoghurt. Why not ask the locals what their speciality is, I am sure they will be more than happy to talk to you with passion.

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Let me tell you about another staple in Turkey. Borek, no not the Galatasaray footballer(thats another passion of Turkey which we will get to later). The Borek I am speaking of is thinly rolled paper thin pastry known as YUFKA. Borek can be wrapped with various savoury fillings from cheese, meat, spinach, potatoes and vegetable. Light and crisp and just the job for an afternoon snack.

The one thing that adorns every Turkish table at every meal is bread (Ekmek). Bread is baked fresh every morning for breakfast, every lunchtime and afternoon and is simply delicious. No preservatives and many varieties from whole wheat, leavened flat bread, balloon bread the perfect accompaniment to any meal.

Turkey has so much to offer be it sweet, savoury, hot or cold but always fresh and homemade. Come and try some of the delights on offer.