Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Haute Toilet or Where To "Go" In Paris

Colorful artwork? No - those are rolls of toilet paper. You read that right - toilet paper. Toilet paper in vibrant colors such as one might find when shopping for, say, party napkins. Orange, turquoise, lime green, hot pink, yellow and even black. This is haute toilet paper.

Some of the women in my tour group were surprised to learn that we had to PAY to use the toilet at quite a few locations while on our recent trip to Paris. (This wasn't new to me - as I've had to pay to go in other European countries.) One lady even suggested the U.S. could solve its economic problems if we took on this practice. Others were just miffed about having to search through their handbags for coins when they had to go really bad. Often, we went "two on a euro" just to speed things up.

But how bad can it be to use a pay-to-pee toilet facility that looks like and sounds like a nightclub? The colorful toilet paper lining the walls are like disco lights ... and the cool music they pipe in helps clinch the experience ... not to mention the extremely clean and modern stalls which are continually being wiped down by the young, hip staff.

For a more in-depth view and explanation of what's going on, as well as to learn where you can get this fantastic toilet experience in Paris, follow this link.

3 comments:

MEG MITCHELL said...

This is in the Carousel. You've got to visit one of these pay toilets at least once on your trip. Did you eat upstairs in the fast food area that has foods from all over the world? Or visit the Arts Decoratif next door?
Apparently, under the Madeleine Church is a beautiful bathroom. It may be worth a visit next time I'm in Paris.
You've had a fun trip.
Meg

Linda said...

I'll try to remember to go - bahaha pun intended - next week when I visit the Louvre.

The Armchair Parisian said...

What a scream! I love it! I'll never forget the first time I was in Paris many years ago, I had used the (pay) toilet and was washing my hands when a man came in and unceremoniously unzipped and went about his business in the urinal right next to the sink! I don't think I dried my hands, LOL

From the BBC series on Paris, Blood and Chocolate (Part 2 of 3). Enjoy!

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