Okay I know! I may not "love" these, but they are necessary! These have a bad rep in France, so, I thought I’d post about how they have “modernized” over the years, and what the French version of modernization is. Public restrooms, or as they are called frequently in France “W.C.” meaning Water Closets (yes, stolen from the British), are not as available in France as they are in the States only because over here we have so many fast food restaurants that let you walk in and use their bathrooms that we don’t need as many “public” restrooms unless in a tourist area. In French restaurants you have to actually be a customer to use theirs. Traveling on the “Auto routes” you will find WCs a bit more “rustic” than ours, by a long shot! Still, progress has been made.
|toilets reserved for patrons|
Private homes have wonderful bathrooms and “toilets.” Usually what we would call “half-baths” are the norm, a toilet and a sink, that’s all. They’re found in almost every home (depending on the age of the house) that I’ve been in. I think what I like the best about these is the teeny tiny sink that accompanies the toilet. The sink in my mother in law’s house is perhaps a foot wide and perhaps 8 to 10 inches deep, and yes, with hot and cold water. I’ve been told they do this because it’s more sanitary than bathing and voiding in the same area…
Yes you still find the “squatters” but they are usually in areas of infrequent use. Like on auto routes. The craziest WCs I’ve found were in Paris and Bordeaux. Their self-cleaning pods are the closest I’ve seen to what I would term a real water closet. You pay (most of the time), then the door rolls open. You go in, the door closes, you do your business, wash hands, punch the button, and as you leave the jets in the walls and floors let loose and water literally sprays the entire inside of the pod up to about three feet. Yes, fortunately the paper (when they have it!) is kept above those three feet.
Okay, who knew? HERE is a site dedicated to French Toilets!!!! In English!
Enough said about water closets!
|One would wish...|
|This one was in a parking lot!|
|Roman public toilet|
|Real hand towels in the Paris airport|
|Painted on the doors in a ladies room in a rail station in Paris|
|Never saw one of these but it was too cool not to put it in here! My daughter has used one of these, she just told me!|
|Prettier than the pod version below|
|I think I prefer the other one. Glad Doctor Who has a police box for his Tardis instead of one of these!|
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