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September 29, 2009



Daft as this may sound, today's blog was Wonderful, with a capital W. When I was in Paris in March, I was on the prowl constantly for a restroom. God, I hated the public ones on the street. As they are sanitized constantly, you are always walking into a dripping wet facility. No place to put your bags down or hang your coat without getting everything wet.

So knowing about these precious 'jewels' in Paris is a gift. Maybe you should do a 'Toilet of the Month'..........with photos and address.


Richard, - You are a weath of "important" information for the traveler and city visitor. Knowledge about public toilets is an "essential" requirement for visiting any city and Paris has done wonders! Public toilets in Paris are much, much improved since the "old" days back in the '60's,'70's,'80's and even the '90's! And the public facilities at the Madeleine must be new, because 4 years ago it was there, but I would never have called it chic. :)


I'm going to print out this blog entry and tuck it away for my next trip to Paris. You are so right..finding les toilettes is not easy in Paris!

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Beautiful. I also vote for regular feature status. And I am laughing and laughing and laughing at the fact of them giving you a refund because the remote was not working.


What an informative message. What happened to the old "pissoirs", a round enclosure where you could see the guys' feet?


Thank you so much!! This is a major worry--we really have to plan our day to be sure that we have easy access, in the past a definite problem!

Hi! Just wanted to tell you that I love your blog, and I linked this article to one of mine on the pissoirs of Paris at




Unfortunately the toillet is out of service. I am in Paris now (January'2013) and found it closed, locked and apparently forgotten.

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