L'Hôtel de Médicis was a traditional family-owned small hotel in the Latin Quarter in Paris, just south of the Sorbonne.
By 2009 the family had given up the hotel business and l'Hôtel de Médicis was gone. But not before I stayed there and photographed its plumbing!
41 days until World Toilet Day
Welcome to the Toilets of the World, where you can view toilets and other plumbing from all around the world. Are you wondering how to use a bidet, or even what a bidet is? Curious about what the toilets are like in a specific country such as France, Turkey, China, Greece, Japan, or many others? Would you like to see some of the worst toilets in the world? Or maybe you're interested in historical toilets, from ancient Greece and Rome, or even the Stone Age? Do you wonder who invented the flush toilet? (It wasn't Thomas Crapper) You've come to the right place! The Toilets of the World are ready for your visit. Learn about toilets, bidets, urinals, sinks, tubs, and other plumbing from all around the world.
Test your lavatorial knowledge with our new toilet quizzes!Quiz #1: International Toilets Quiz #2: Flying Toilets
Tour the Toilets!
Toilets around the world:
|Belgium Bulgaria China France Greek Islands Japan Turkey Trinidad Russia and many others|
Toilets from throughout history:
|The Stone Age Ancient Greece Ancient Rome Bible era King Arthur's England Invention of the flush toilet To the toilets of the future|
Toilets of world leaders:
|The Ottoman Sultan Woodrow Wilson Leon Trotsky Winston Churchill Adolf Hitler Dwight Eisenhower Robert Kennedy and others|
Toilets of artists and authors:
|William Shakespeare Edgar Allan Poe Vincent Van Gogh Jim Morrison Hunter S Thompson Tom Wolfe Lady Gaga and others|
Experience toilets in motion:
|Trains Subways Buses Ships Aircraft and even Spacecraft|
Answers for your important questions:
|Did Thomas Crapper invent the flush toilet? Should I squat or sit? Should I wipe or wash? Where do I put used paper, in the bowl or in the bin? What is a bidet? What is a toilet snorkel? Should I incinerate my sewage in the basement?|
Whoever you are, you are going to think that
other countries have strange toilets.
But remember, they are thinking the same thing
about your peculiar plumbing.
Someone from the U.S. wrote me:
"I visited Italy 3 years ago and had no idea
that some restaurants had in-ground toilets.
I was just aghast when I went into the john,
but eventually figured it out."
As I replied to her, try to imagine the poor visitor
to the U.S. ...
"2.6 billion people don't have sanitation.
I don't mean that they have no toilet in
their house and must use a public one with
queues and fees.
Or that they have an outhouse, or a rickety
shack that empties into a filthy drain
All that counts as sanitation, though not a
The people who have those are the fortunate
Four in ten people have no access to any
latrine, toilet, bucket, or box. Nothing.
Before you complain that I have not yet visited
and photographed your favorite one, realize that
(with one exception) these are all places I have been.
If you would like to send me an airline ticket to
Hawaii, Kenya, India, coastal China, or wherever,
please just contact me for the shipping details. ...
Toilets are part of everyday life, at least for those
of us fortunate enough to have modern sanitation.
But some people have broader interests in bathroom
pictures: sinks, bidets, hot water heaters, urinals,
waste treatment plants, ...