Toilets in Europe

May 28th, 2006, 08:37 PM
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Not outside the U.S. While company-owned stores may be clean, franchised McDonald's may be filthy, and the toilets may be broken or closed (as they were in the McDonald's I visited a few days ago in Paris).
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May 28th, 2006, 11:09 PM
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In Rome, I suggest you either pay the 75 Euro cents for a public pay facility or head back to your centrally located hotel. The bathroom at McDonald's by the Pantheon was not worth the wait in any sense. If you do opt for the odd cafe or restaurant, be sure to have soap and toilet paper with you (a good idea in any event, for emergencies).

In Venice, I suggest the same, although I didn't try the McDonald's one.

For Paris, again I suggest soap and toilet paper. Starbucks is good.
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May 28th, 2006, 11:09 PM
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In Paris, if you have a museum pass, that really helps too.
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May 28th, 2006, 11:18 PM
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I never worry about finding toilets - you probably will be sightseeing, right? Just about every museum, gallery, restaurant, tourist attraction, hotel, tour boat, dept store, etc etc will have perfectly reasonable toilets. There will be facilities almost everywhere you go. Just be sure to always carry some change because you won't know if they are pay toilets or not until you walk in.
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May 29th, 2006, 08:07 AM
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what janis said.

carry small change, and the universal good toilet advice... use them when you see them.
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May 29th, 2006, 12:31 PM
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If you really want to plan your trip to the last detail, this site should be usefull:
http://www.thebathroomdiaries.com/
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May 30th, 2006, 10:51 PM
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In the UK department store toilets are a good bet, as are McDonalds etc. Pub toilets are usually ok but I think the women's is usually better than the men's.

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May 30th, 2006, 11:46 PM
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In Belgium it's quite normal that you're being charged something like 50 cents to use a toilet which is permanently maintained by a toilet lady (or dragon lady as xyz123 called them). I have found many foreign people to be shocked by this.
But personally I prefer paying for a clean and well kept toilet, than going to a filthy one for free.
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May 31st, 2006, 12:24 AM
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What Janis said. I never have to dive into a cafe or public street toilet in order to go as good clean toilets are always in abundance wherever I'm visiting - be it a museum, a cafe or a train station.

And it's always a great excuse to stop at a bar for a coffee/wine/snack.
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Jun 1st, 2006, 06:26 PM
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Europe toilette tip:

Yes, the museums & bigger places all have great toilettes...some of the smaller places have very odd bathrooms.

This came in VERY handy. Bring a little bottle of Purell - does not require water - many of the restrooms don't have soap or paper towels. Also every day bring a bit of toilet paper in your purse - we needed that a couple of times.
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Jun 1st, 2006, 06:59 PM
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Walmart sells those tiny rolls of travel toilet paper that fits in your purse or bag for the day. I always make sure every morning when I stock my bag with what I might need for the day that I have a fresh roll with me along with those little sani wipes so I can wipe down toilet seats (If they have one) a lot of toilets in europe only have the porcelain bowl and not the seat to sit on so you have to hover over it.
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