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What is worse in Europe

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by kennethpollock, Jun 1, 2006.

  1. Fabienne

    Fabienne Well-Known Member

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    There's this charming medieval village in the Imperia province, Italy, called Dolceacqua. As you walk your way up and around the narrow pathways, you come upon notes, handwritten by inhabitants on scraps of paper. My two favorite ones:

    Don't pee here, you pig!

    The cat often seen at this intersection has an owner. Please do not abduct.

    Note: go past the cat's intersection, turn left, climb the mountain. Find wild thyme and a peaceful view onto the castle. Breathe.
     
  2. alflauren

    alflauren Well-Known Member

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    I'd like to add the clock timers in bathrooms

    Oh! Good one. It's not just the clock timers in the bathrooms. It's the freaking timers in the hallways. I lived on the 7th (top) floor of a Paris apartment building, and the freaking light would go out twice while I climbed to the top of the staircase. It left me fumbling in the dark on a spiral staircase of polished wood that was highly dangerous even if you could see where you were going.

    The reward came at the top of the stairs though. A beautiful view of the western half of the city.
     
  3. RJman

    RJman Well-Known Member

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    My two favorite ones:...
    The cat often seen at this intersection has an owner. Please do not abduct.

    Yes, but does he have a posse?

    Seen in a picturesque doorway just off Piccadilly in Mayfair: This is a private residence. Please do not urinate in doorway.
     
  4. Fabienne

    Fabienne Well-Known Member

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    Oh! Good one. It's not just the clock timers in the bathrooms. It's the freaking timers in the hallways. I lived on the 7th (top) floor of a Paris apartment building, and the freaking light would go out twice while I climbed to the top of the staircase. It left me fumbling in the dark on a spiral staircase of polished wood that was highly dangerous even if you could see where you were going.

    You a smoker? You're supposed to reactivate between flights of stairs, you know.
     
  5. Fabienne

    Fabienne Well-Known Member

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    Yes, but does he have a posse?


    I met the cat. Serene and majestuous. The note was sufficient.
     
  6. kennethpollock

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    After many bad experiences, I discovered that there are certain drinks that always seem to come with much more ice over there:
    (a) In the UK, a Pimm's Cup. Not only do you get a tall drink in a glass filled with ice, you usually get a carrot stick and a stalk of celery, too.
    (b) In France-a Citron Presse. Usually comes with a bowl of ice, a glass with 1-2" of freshly squeezed very tangy lemon juice concentrate at the bottom, a pitcher of water with which to dilute the juice, and several sugar cubes.
     
  7. Fabienne

    Fabienne Well-Known Member

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    ca phe sua da (as served in the best Vietnamese restaurants in Europe) also features a great many ice cubes.
     
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    I met the cat. Serene and majestuous. The note was sufficient.
    I like this word.
     
  10. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member

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    I think public bathrooms in europe are cleaner than those in the states, usually.

    Depends on where in Europe. I drove with some friends from Italy into Switzerland once, from the dirtiest public washrooms anyone ever paid lira to get into to the very cleanest. Actually, in the first public washroom I went to in Switzerland, there was this little dude literally cleaning up behind me. It was very funny. I walked to wash my hands, and he mopped up the floor as I walked. Then to the urinal, same thing. Then back to the faucet, same thing. At this point, I decided that I would get my full two Franc's worth, and checked out a stall. I didn't even use it. Just closed the door and looked around. Spotless. I left the stall, and the little dude cleaned the unused toilet seat, the floor around it and quick as a flash, was behind me again.

    Best use of two Swiss Francs ever.
     
  11. johnapril

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    Spend some time on the road through Xinjiang and gain perspective on the bathroom issue.
     
  12. LA Guy

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    Spend some time on the road through Xinjiang and gain perspective on the bathroom issue.

    Yeah, but we were talking about Europe. Rural China is something else altogether. I've been on "toilets" which offer a distinctive view of the fishpond.
     
  13. johnapril

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    Yeah, but we were talking about Europe. Rural China is something else altogether. I've been on "toilets" which offer a distinctive view of the fishpond.

    What about those toilets in Hostel? Wait, those weren't--
     
  14. LabelKing

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    Bathrooms in Shanghai are worse enough.
     
  15. Tomasso

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    There are crappy washrooms all over the world.
     
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    There are crappy washrooms all over the world.

    I think the greatest public washroom I have ever been in was in a hotel in Berlin just on the courtyard by the Brandenburg Gate.

    I pine for that stall.

    K
     
  17. RJman

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    I think the greatest public washroom I have ever been in was in a hotel in Berlin just on the courtyard by the Brandenburg Gate.

    I pine for that stall.

    K

    Did it come with its own George Michael?[​IMG]
     
  18. Hanseat

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    I guess you men the Adlon, as a 5-star hotel I'd expect it to keep their bathrooms 'reasonably' clean (i.e. you could eat off the floor as it's cleaner than your average plate in a restaurant...). Thene again I think you hit a restroom that was intended for theri guests sitting in the lobby.
     
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    VKK3450 Well-Known Member

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    I guess you men the Adlon, as a 5-star hotel I'd expect it to keep their bathrooms 'reasonably' clean (i.e. you could eat off the floor as it's cleaner than your average plate in a restaurant...). Thene again I think you hit a restroom that was intended for theri guests sitting in the lobby.

    Cant recall the name of the hotel.

    I wasnt in one of the guest washrooms in the lobby, but we were guests at a party in one of the ballrooms in back. Cleanliness was a factor as was the opulence... along with the sheer size... Lets just say could could do some gymnastics in that stall...

    And no RJ, George wasnt there

    K

    (there is also something about the quality of paper towel in certain washrooms which just makes me happy)
     

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