Hammam de Paris

Years ago my friend Elaine introduced me to the hammam, located in the Mosquee de Paris. The hammam or Turkish bath, is a series of steam heated rooms, starting with a warm room and getting progressively hotter. The experience of going to the hammam in the Mosquee de Paris is revisiting the culture and heritage of the Byzantine era. This is a place devoted to beauty and purification, a place to relax as you move from one room to another, surrounded by mosaic tiles, marble surfaces and columns and porphyry granite fountains. Reclining on cushions and drinking mint tea is a great escape for a few hours. If you opt for this experience, make sure to bring your own washcloth, soap and towel. While you can wear a full bathing suit, most women wear only bikini bottoms. The entrance fee is 18 Euros, and there are various package deals which include the entrance fee, a massage (10-30 minutes) a body scrub, black soap and the delightful mint tea, ranging in price from 43 to 63 Euros, depending on the length of the massage. All of the components are also available a la carte.

Mosquee de Paris, 39, rue Geoffrey Saint-Hilaire, Paris 5 (Tel: (0)1 43 31 38 20). Metro: Place Monge or Censier Daubenton (Line 7). Opening hours for women: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, from 10:00 to 21:00, Friday from 14:00 to 21:00. Opening hours for men: Tuesday 14:00 to 21:00, Sunday 10:00 to 21:00. http: / / www.la-mosquee.com/htmlfr/menu_ham_fr. htm

Even if you’re not inclined to experience the hamman, you can enjoy some oriental pastries and mint tea in the Mosquee’s tearoom.

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