The Cemberlitas Hamam is one of many historical bath houses in our mystery country, as well as thoroughly modern ones, usually in luxury hotels. Cemberlitas dates from 1584 and was designed by the great Ottoman architect, Sinan.
Towel-clad bathers are separated by gender and can do their own douse-lather-scrub-douse treatment or pay a bit extra to have an attendant do it for them. Traditionally, the hamam has been as much a place to socialize as to get clean; and lounging about on the central platform is part of the experience.
Can you name that country? What about the city?
See below for answers.
There is a Turkish saying, “Zemheride yoğurt isteyen, cebinde inek taşır” – “The one who wants yogurt in midwinter carries a cow in his pocket.” We’re lucky to be in the heart of summer, as our pockets aren’t big enough for cows. In fact, Istanbul natives know that yogurt is the ideal antidote to the city’s sweltering heat. With its powerful health properties and addictive taste, yogurt is a fermented friend to rely on: slurp down some cooling yogurt soup, dollop it on the side of bulgur pilav, drizzle it with garlic over crispy mantı, or sip it in the form of salty ayran. Continue reading →
The answer to the last episode (episode 11) is: Turkey.
Clue 1 – the Bosphorus Strait, click to read our post
Clue 2 – Mount Nemrut, click to read our post
Clue 3 – Sufi dervishes, click to read our post