I am rarely lost for words but on this occasion I was almost speechless.
To set the scene we had been walking around Lyon (France) taking numerous photographs in sub-zero temperatures and I was desperate for a hot cup of coffee and the loo (toilet). Frozen to the bone we decided to stop at a little café overlooking a square in the centre of Lyon. Mr. Piglet ordered the coffees while I went off in search of the “ladies” …errr no it was a shared toilet. As I cautiously opened the door I heard a woman in distress shouting and banging on the toilet door. She was trapped.
Before I had chance to call for reinforcements or the fire brigade the poor woman, dressed in a very expensive fur coat and matching hat, emerged from the toilet cubicle almost in tears. In my best pidgeon French I asked her if she was OK? Hearing my English accent she kept repeating how sorry she was at the state of ze toilet, that her country men were little more than peasants and she was so ashamed and embarrassed of ze “toilet”. Peering over her shoulder I caught a glimpse of “ze” offending toilet, oh no, it was literally a hole in the floor.
My face must have “said it all” and she launched into a further tirade against her fellow countrymen and their disgusting toilet facilities.
Yes, I could imagine exactly how she felt standing over this hole in the floor in her Gucci suede boots and expensive fur coat as it was now my turn to “hover” while clinging onto the grab rail, praying I would not drop the ends of my coat (which I was holding between my teeth) while my handbag was hooked over my head.
Never one to miss a photo opportunity I thought I would share the toilet experience with my blogging buddies.
I returned to Mr. Piglet who was sipping his hot coffee none the wiser. “Where on earth have you been?” he enquired “Taking photographs of the toilet” I replied earnestly. At this point he nearly choked on his coffee as he spluttered and looked at me in sheer disbelief…
No I have not got a toilet fetish but I did find it amusing that a café that charges €7.00 for two cups of coffee had the nerve to offer such primitive toilet facilities as a Turkish Loo to its patrons. That or I have led a very sheltered life!