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ozrick33 Feb 17th, 2008 12:32 AM

LoveItaly, that is a fantastic story. A lady like that would end up on my Christmas card list for sure.

Ackislander Feb 17th, 2008 01:05 AM

hanl says:

"There certainly are several decent, clean, free public toilets in Edinburgh, usually with attendants (e.g. at the foot of the Mound near the galleries"

A taxi driver told me that this is the best place in Edinburgh to find a taxi because all the drivers use this loo!

ozrick33 Feb 17th, 2008 04:08 PM

Taxi drivers are a very handy source of information in any city and I guess if anyone would know where the toilets were, these guys would know. Good tip.

LoveItaly Feb 17th, 2008 08:14 PM

Hello again ozrick, unfortantly by the time we got home (two months later) I discovered we had lost the business card for this shop and the beautiful father and daughter. But I will never forget them. And of course Milan in the 1970's was quite different than it is now.

By the way, my father was raised in your Australia (born in Wellington, NZ).

Have a wonderful time in London, Edinburgh and Rome ozrick. And take notes of the public restrooms, you can be a wealth of information here on Fodor's!

ileen Feb 17th, 2008 08:49 PM

Finding toilets is often a challenge when traveling. But my recent trips have taught me to always carry some toilet paper in my purse as in many countries, there will be none at all.
Also carry a small washcloth/or some napkins or paper towels because after you wash your hands, there will be no paper to dry them.
And often there will be no water to wash hands either, thus always have a bottle of hand sanitizer.
In addition, lots of change beacause there is no set fee, it could be anything and sometimes you are expected to tip the attendant also. Thus, good to be prepared!

ozrick33 Feb 18th, 2008 12:26 AM

Great tip about the toilet paper. I learnt this in Thailand where they sell it at the venue or expect you to carry your own. Quite a shock!!!

caroline_edinburgh Feb 18th, 2008 01:14 AM

Actually I don't think the ladies loos at the foot of the Mound in Edinburgh are still there, since they built the new Weston Link as part of the National Gallery complex. But there are of course loos in there :-)

hanl Feb 18th, 2008 01:57 AM

Caroline, you mean they got rid of the ladies' but left the gents' toilets at the Mound? No fair!

caroline_edinburgh Feb 18th, 2008 02:36 AM

Hi hanl. Not totally sure, but the ladies' were in East PSG & the gents' were in West PSG, weren't they ? So I think only the ladies' would have been displaced by the Weston Link.

hanl Feb 18th, 2008 03:52 AM

Yes, the gents are (were?) on the other side.

Zeus Feb 18th, 2008 05:17 AM

"I always think that Americans drink too much LOL I mean, I've only searched for a public toilet once in my St Peters in Rome"

I assume then that Europeans don't suffer from prostate or descending bladders as they reach middle age? When I was a sprightly young fellow I could go all day without a pitstop, even after downing litres of Coke. FWIW old age sucks!


Josser Feb 18th, 2008 05:28 AM

FWIW old age sucks!

So it does, but it's better than the alternative.

shoefly Feb 18th, 2008 05:38 AM

I never seem to have trouble finding bathrooms -- now, toilet paper, well, that's a different matter.

LOL. Carry some tissue!

hausfrau Feb 18th, 2008 06:41 AM

This is an issue of great importance to me. ;-)

FYI, there's a public restroom just inside the entrance to the Roman Forum off of Via dei Fori Imperiali. You go in the gate and turn left just after the little information booth. Tucked in a corner behind the booth are two restrooms, with real toilets and running water and everything. There's even a chunk of Roman column for you to sit on outside while you wait. I'm sure they don't advertise their existence because the lines would be a mile long. On the bright side, since no one knows about them, they are relatively clean. I have used this restroom on all three of my visits to Rome!

twk Feb 18th, 2008 11:58 AM

One thing I observed on my trip to London and Scotland last year was that, to the best of my recollection, every attraction that was on the Great Britain Heritage Pass had good restroom facilities. In fact, some of them were quite outstanding, which surprised me a little bit given that my last prior experience with British public restrooms had been dealing with the awful men's facilities at Gatwick while changing flights. But places like the Tower of London and Hampton Court had absolutely spotless facilities--and that's saying something for a men's room.

ozrick33 Feb 18th, 2008 01:47 PM

A spotless mens room is indeed a rarity. I walked into one at an Indian airport once and had to walk out straight away, thought the smell would make me faint. Oh the fun of travel.

sandi_travelnut Feb 18th, 2008 01:57 PM

We usually timed our bathroom breaks with a bit of a rest inside a cafe in Rome. My husband and I would get a coffee, beer etc and then take advantage of the restroom for customers.

GiuliaPiraino Feb 18th, 2008 02:00 PM

I've purchased more small pastries in Italy and France than any reasonable person should have in their lifetime, all to use the loo, but so worth it! When you gotta go, what's a couple centesimi?? LOL

raspberryberet Feb 18th, 2008 03:03 PM

<i>Apart from train stations, St Peter's (on the left side of the colonnade) and MacDonald's, I can't recall a single *public* washroom in Rome.

Fortunately for me and other men, there are many ruins and other bits of wilderness, also lots of small, twisty streets.</i>

And this is why Rome is considered by many to be a filthy, smelly city.

There are restrooms to be found, free of charge, in places such as department stores, restaurants, etc. Use them as you visit these places for lunch, shopping, museum visits, etc. As others have said, take advantage of each opportunity.

We only paid once in 17 days- at the Termini train station in Rome. It was disgustingly filthy.

You should, however, tip the attendant, if there is one and she is doing a nice job.

Also, in Rome, by the Colliseum, around back, there is a WONDERFULLY, SHOCKINGLY clean toilet, running water, etc. It didn't even smell (it was outdoors).

kenderina Feb 18th, 2008 03:17 PM

LOL, Zeus !! My dad suffers from prostate also :)

I was joking about that because the only people I've met asking where is the nearest toilet were americans, probably just a coincidence :)

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