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O.k., let's talk about those European Bathrooms!

Apr 10th, 2002, 08:08 PM
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O.k., let's talk about those European Bathrooms!

I never even gave it a thought until a co-worker told me about his experience of using a restroom in Italy. The famous Bidette!

He said it was quite an experience because he thought it was a urinal! Am I going to get in trouble starting this thread? I'm honestly trying to be very honest here. I have heard of them, but never used one. He also told me that some of the bathrooms are literally showers with a toilet and a cover for the toilet paper in one. Interesting! Anyone else have stories to share?
Apr 10th, 2002, 08:17 PM
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Reyna - I was traveling from Venice to Verona on a day trip an accidentally got off one stop to early at a practically deserted train station. I had to wait a couple hours for the next train, and in the meantime....well you know!

I went to the washroom, and it was basically a hole in the floor - granted it was a porcelain hole in the floor that flushed - I was in quite the dilemma as I was wearing jeans...
I'm sure you can figure out the rest of the story.
When I asked someone working at the train station about it he laughed and said something to the effect that it used to be that women in Italy wore dresses with nothing underneath, so when they went to the bathroom all they had to do was pull up the hem and let it go! So apparently this was an 'old fashioned' toilet...
Nowhere else did I encounter this, so hopefully you don't have to worry!
Apr 10th, 2002, 08:18 PM
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It is bidet. Not only are you a troll, you are a dumb one.

Editors, please delete this post immediately.
Apr 11th, 2002, 03:45 AM
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Just remove the last post, right above this one.
Apr 11th, 2002, 05:25 AM
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To Troll Hater:

I was hesitant about posting this subject because I didn't want to offend anyone. It was an honest question, and frankly I don't know much about bidets and found my co-worker's story quite funny. I thought it could be an entertaining thread.

Sorry about the misspelling. I also got that from my co-worker. I failed to look it up in the dictionary. Thank you for the correction.

Apr 11th, 2002, 05:57 AM
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See the thread "What, exactly, is a bidet used for anyway?"
Apr 11th, 2002, 05:58 AM
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To see the thread do a search for bidet.
Apr 11th, 2002, 07:09 AM
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Careful Reyna, it looks like the thought police are on to you.
Apr 11th, 2002, 08:44 AM
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At the other extreme is Rheinhotel Fischerzunft - although this is in fact a triumph of Japanese technology.
Apr 11th, 2002, 09:39 AM
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This subject has been covered 'adnauseum'. Check the 'search' function. All you ever wanted to know about it, and more.
Apr 11th, 2002, 09:43 AM
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It pays to research your country, ladies, before you travel. I always wear a skirt when travelling in 'third world' countries, for reasons mentioned above. And, when in an auto, and all else fails (public rest stops are a pretty new invention) it is much easier to handle the situation. And yes, a hole in the floor that flushes is pretty common in most countries (outside of cities). Just be prepared and remember 'you are not in KaNSAS' anymore,.
Apr 11th, 2002, 09:48 AM
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Big news... Italy isn't a 3rd world country! And bathrooms with a hole in the floor are common in Paris, and France isn't a 3rd world country either.
Apr 11th, 2002, 11:19 AM
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I don't understand the needs for an elegant toilet every time you use it. You all act like you are depositing jewels in them, remember what you are dropping in, not so wonderful either is it? Do what you have to do and walk on.
Apr 11th, 2002, 11:44 AM
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The bidet is used like a sponge bath for washing your feet for example. One thing I find amusing usually is guessing how to flush--will it be a handle, a chain, a button and where did they hide it. M.
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