Monday, June 18, 2012

Goodbye, Istanbul and Turkish baths

 I know I probably should be moving on to other
summer topics but I am still crushing on
our Istanbul trip.

 We had so many fantastic experiences
from cruising up the Bosphorus

 to having drinks on the top of The Marmara with
this incredible view

 and dinners with these incredible views.

 We visited the Princes Island Buyukada, a popular summer destination,
where the only transport is bike or horse and wagon.

We had lots of good wine

and food and deserts.
Fortunately, I only gained a pound or two!

Perhaps my one regret is that I did not buy a Turkish rug while there. 
This was the one I loved.
I should have bought it!

But perhaps the very best experience 
was our Turkish bath!

On our last day there, our Turkish host invited us to their home for a Turkish breakfast 
and then arranged for a Turkish bath or hamam at their private spa.

Ooh la la!

We were treated like royalty and unfortunately I have no pictures of my own to share.
People get a little nervous in dressing rooms, saunas, and bathing rooms when 
you drag cameras and iPhones out!

But this photo from the web is a fair representation of what goes on in the bath.

 It was an absolute treat once I got over my nakedness in front of the
two strangers who would bath The Professor and myself.
Our bodies were aggressively scrubbed from head to toe 
while lying virtually naked upon a stone.

Turkish baths are not for the modest at heart!

Afterwards, we lounged in our robes in a large candle-lit spa-like room with over-sized sofas,
served a Turkish drink of some sort and expected to linger there as long
as we desired. 
So we did!

It truly was an incredible experience and my skin has never felt so smooth and silky!


Well, this pretty much wraps up our visit.
It was a beautiful and friendly country and sorry that
we didn't have the time to travel outside of Istanbul to some other incredible sites.


so sorry for not buying that rug!

Hope your week gets off to a great start.
Later, my friends,


E.lizabeth said...

what gorgeous views. i live through you. not sure if i will make it to those locations one day, but looks like some really must see sites ... happy you are sharing with us. so awesome!! (:

MadSnapper said...

I love love love love the horses pulling the water bottles.

Anonymous said...

Love the photos!

Unknown said...

Wow, what scenery. What a great trip that must have been.

Dan said...

I love the fact you embrace the culture as you do. The HDR of the horses are a pure delight. The scenry is dreamy. The local food and wine... yummy.

I don't blame you for holding on and lingering.

gina said...

My goodness, what a wonderful trip! Your bath story made me smile. Do as the natives do.

Daryl said...

amazing times .. that bridge looks like it could be related to the GWB .. do they scrub front and back?

And that rug was not meant to be or you'd have bought it .. so let it go .. girl friend .. xo

Bob Bushell said...

a nice holiday you had by the sounds of it.

TexWisGirl said...

i think you did well to sample the culture. rug or no rug. :)

Florida Farm Girl said...

Oh, I was hoping we'd see a wonderful rug that you'd bought!! How could you resist? I think I'd have to think about the Turkish bath. Glad you had a great time.

Brian Miller said...

so very cool...i would still be crushing as well...lovely view and scenes...i would probably give the bathes a try as well...ha...

Brian Miller said...

so very cool...i would still be crushing as well...lovely view and scenes...i would probably give the bathes a try as well...ha...

Kathy said...

Loved tagging along with you on this wonderful trip. Your pictures have made me drool over all the wonderful places you travel to!

Sylvia K said...

What a fantastic trip you had, Reena! I have so enjoyed your photos -- the next best thing to being there! The spa and massage sound fantastic! I, too, love the way you embrace the cultures you visit and do what the natives do, that to me is one of the joys of traveling to different "worlds"! I do the water scenes, too! Hope your week at home is off to a good start!


Wayne said...

Quite a trip. Sounds like you need a return visit for that rug!

Jennifer Richardson said...

I'm so much the richer
for your trip!
thank you for the
wonderous share,

Carolyn Watson-Dubisch said...

Not sure I could handle a Turkish bath... maybe with enough of that wine. :)

Anonymous said...

Ah - such magnificent scenery and wonderful horses. People say the Turkish baths really hurt, but I'm glad to hear you enjoyed them.

Barbara said...

Such gorgeous views! And oh, that turkish bath!!

Evelyn S. said...

I'll enjoy through your fabulous photo posts...and your narrative!

My Mind's Eye said...

Absolutely incredible pictures and commentary...the views are breathtaking....we enjoyed your trip to Turkey.
Hugs Madi and Mom

trump said...

Hi Reena and wow great pictures as your trip was ending, I wonder what the exchange rate is for American currency. So I'm sure at least when you get there you can get some good value for your money. Richard

eileeninmd said...

Reena, I have enjoyed seeing yoru trip photos. The scenery is gorgeous, sounds like you had a wonderful trip.

Pat Tillett said...

Don't even worry about it. I'm crushing on it and I've never even been there! Beautiful photos!

Pat Tillett said...

Don't even worry about it. I'm crushing and I've never even been there! Beautiful photos!

Pat said...

Fabulous photos. What a wonderful trip!

Ginny Hartzler said...

The first picture and the horses are my favorites. Wow, so exotic and beautiful!!! This is your excuse to purchase the rug!!! Then post and show us which room you put it in. Did you buy any souvenirs at all?

CherryPie said...

It looks like an amazing place, please keep indulging us with the photos of your trip :-)

Country Girl said...

There will be other rugs, yes? And you will have learned your lesson for another time. That lesson is Buy The Rug.
These images are stunning, Reena. So interesting to see what goes on in other cultures. And those views! My stars - what an incredible trip. Even down to the silky skin bath. Bravo you.

Ivanhoe said...

Keep them coming! They are warming up my heart :)
Hugs from Ohio,

Cottage and Broome said...

I have travel envy! Looks like it was a wonderful trip, moving Turkey to the top of my travel wish list. Thanks for stopping by, Laura

Gail Dixon said...

Haha, looks like I won't be participating in the Turkish bath! I'm way too modest for that. But I love the photos and hearing all about your adventures. :)

Hilary said...

Looks like such a lovely holiday. Your photos are wonderful.. my favourite is the first one. Sorry about the rug but gutsy you to enjoy that bath.

bon bon said...

i just caught up on your last few, you've certainly been having a wonderful time! what a beautiful city! i had just studied the hagia sophia in art history last semester! absolutely fascinating. sorry you missed out on a rug, but now you have an excuse to go back!

Rose L said...

what a wonderful experience!
I like the photos. Check out mine:

Rosemary Aubut said...

WOW Reena looks like you had a really good time! Not sure I could ever do the Turkish Bath though! Glad you did! I do that all the time, I should have bought that! Looks like you will just have to go back and take more beautiful photos!

islandwonder said...

It looks beautiful there. Kudos for doing the Turkish bath. I am not sure if I could do that. Maybe after some of that good wine.

islandwonder said...

It looks beautiful there. Kudos for doing the Turkish bath. I am not sure if I could do that. Maybe after some of that good wine.

Unknown said...

Once again your photos have me drooling all over my computer.. I had to giggle just a little at the Turkish bath.. I am so ticklish I don't know if I could do it. I have a hard time just getting a pedicure. Yes that's how ticklish I am.. Thanks again for sharing your trip with us. I really enjoyed it.


Betty Manousos said...

hi reena, what fabulous views!
looks like a memorable journey, also thanks so much for taking us along.

terrific shots as usual:)

safe travels!

S. Etole said...

These views are so rich with color and texture and story. What a gift you have shared.

Eat To Live said...

You can crush on Istanbul as much as you want. I love visiting far away places with you.