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What is a Bidet?

The purpose and proper use of bidets, those mysterious European bathroom fixtures

Americans traveling to Continental Europe, parts of the Middle East, and East Asia need to learn about the bidet. What is a bidet, how do you use one, and why do you find them in hotel rooms and homes? They may somewhat resemble a toilet, but they are only used for cleaning yourself. Do not use a bidet as if it were a toilet!

I was very startled to hear the following from someone who has traveled overseas quite a bit:

"I just don't understand the bidet. I don't think that a bowel movement would go down its drain easily."

STOP! Do NOT proceed with that plan!

Everyone needs to be very aware of a few crucial details:

A bidet is not a strangely named and plumbed toilet!

If you have a bidet, you still use the toilet for all the conventional purposes! No, a bowel movement probably would not go down the drain of a bidet, not without quite a bit of unpleasant assistance by the operator or some poor person who came along later. Nor would it be particularly helpful to poop in the sink or in the shower, while we're discussing inappropriate defecation.

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Today's Featured Plumbing
This bidet and sink in l'Hôtel de Médicis in Paris is just like that in the room directly above, the room occupied by Jim Morrison in 1970 and 1971.

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!
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Who is the Toilet Guru?
Bob Cromwell seated on the ancient public toilets in Ephesus.

Who is the Toilet Guru? Is he obsessed? What is it like to be the Toilet Guru? Why does this site exist?

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