Thursday, September 04, 2008

Before You Die

Kate Moss takes a traditional Turkish Bath, Istanbul

When I have seen a set of steamy pictures from British model Kate Moss, I started to understand why she is such a good model and why everyone wants her for doing campaigns.

Back in June, she was posing as a sultan's concubine to appear in this month September issue of the U.S. magazine W.

Istanbul's most famous ancient and exotic atmosphere of Caglayan Turkish Bath is the location of the photo shoot, and not only because of all the steam they have created such a mystical, sexy, sensual and oriental atmosphere.

The atmospheric shots taken by leading photographers Turkish Mert Alas -who work for brands like Louis Vitton, Missoni, Giorgio Armani, Roberto Cavalli, Fendi and Kenzo, and celebrities like David Beckham, Jennifer Lopez and Scarlet Johansson- and his partner Marcus Piggott. Their job and the photographs are just amazing! Great work, harikasin Mert!

September issue out now. If you are impatient, then don't wait to watch the behind-the-scenes the video with her posing in various stances.

The Turkish bath rituals as we know today has its roots in the washing traditions of the Turks that they brought from Central Asia, added to the Byzantine and Roman traditions they adopted in Anatolia. Friends of mine had traveled through the interior of Turkey the year before and raved of their bath experience. It was, I quote, 'Nothing like I've ever done before'. Yes, one of the truly unmissable experiences of a trip to Turkey would be a visit to the Hammam. So with that in mind, now I go to check out the local Turkish bathhouses.

I need to hurry, I need to hurry because an old Turkish Bath which has been visited by famous and royal visitors like King Edward John VIII, Kaiser Wilhelm, Omar Sherif, Tony Curtis, Harrison Ford, Rifat Ozbek is listed among 1,000 Places To See Before You Die!

Wouldn't it be nice to have a Sultan's treatment that covers a wonderful gentle message, a long sauna and discrete loofah washing with big fluffy towels, lavender soaps and a rub down with oils...

For sure, to be clean in mind and body is the perfect thing.


  1. I hadn't thought to put a Turkish Bath on my list of "things". I think I'm going to have to find a way to add some year to my life if I want to fit everything in, LOL!


  2. Ohhh...a Turkish bath sounds so divine, Nihal! I hope to be able to do it one day too.

    Kate Moss is a very beautiful model --very expressive.

    Hugs, Pat

  3. Hi Nihal!
    I just give up the sauna, but take all the rest! Lovely sole mio post!!

    I’ll finally be on my way tonight to Antalya (via London). Thanks for the tips! It's not much time off, just from September 5th through Monday morning (September 15th). But I don’t leave you empty hands: a beautiful beach and lots of champagne wait for you at Blogtrotter. Enjoy!

  4. I feel more relaxed just thinking about it. Sign me up.

  5. @ Gil: Right now I do check my current time, you should be flying over London skies to Turquie, great:)
    Let me say, your timing for Istanbul visit that was done in a cold winter snowy day, February, was not appropriate. However your time preference for Antalya seems very timely:)
    Antalya would be very pleased to WELCOME you, and I will be thinking you both from the north, Istanbul, during your stay long in the South:)
    I'm very sure you'll enjoy too much. Looking forward to hear more from you w/fantastic Antalya photos.
    Oh, exactly! If there could be any better than 3S and a glass of champagne, Merci:)