With many apologies to my man, WillieS, the “go” refers to…you know…going. As in going to the bathroom.
Yes – it’s the long awaited toilet post.
Last month, my husband and I hopped over to Rome for a week. It was a “Black Friday” travel deal. Yes, travel also is on sale on “Black Friday” along with the big screen TV’s and Dr. Dre Beats headphones. And it was pretty darned inexpensive. For Rome.
I just love those “it’s just too good of a deal not to go” deals!
Our tour company upgrade our hotel at the last minute. This was a delightful surprise based on the reviews of the original hotel. Seems as if they were being threatened with multiple lawsuits from people with bedbugitis from that hotel. Good call.
The replacement hotel was lovely. Good location – near the Termini train station and all kinds of public transit. Helpful, friendly staff. Small but clean room. A large bed with no unwanted microscopic bedmates. And most importantly, a spic-n-span bathroom.
I’m not really a very fussy person. You’d know that if you saw my car. Or my house. Or read my blog. But I do like a clean bathroom when I travel. Just makes me feel better about spending time in there. You know, it helps me “relax”.
The bonus was we had a lovely squeaky clean bidet as well! I’ve played with bidets many times trying to figure out how they work and why they exist. Hey – I’m American… We’re really not interest in being THAT clean.
I decided several years ago to use them to store for my bathroom stuff. I line it with a towel of course – squeaky clean looks can be deceiving. Fussy. I have a friend who does her laundry in them.
I love Europe.
But I noticed on this trip that 95% of the bathrooms I visited (not in our hotel), were missing their toilet seat covers. What’s up with that? I get that maybe (and that’s a doubtful maybe) it’s okay in the summer, but it was January. That porcelain was freakin’ cold.
At first I thought that it was just that we frequented out of the way establishments. We do like to get off the beaten path. Value travel, you know?
But then we went to St. Peter’s in the Vatican. I’ve been there twice before, but it still takes my breath away. So dramatic. So majestic. Bernini’s columned courtyard. Michelangelo’s dome. The Pieta. The Sistine Chapel. And the Vatican Museums containing some of the finest art from the ancient world through the Renaissance.
In the middle of gaping and manic picture taking, I suddenly got the “urge”. I smiled, feeling confident as I headed toward the facilities. Certainly, amidst all of this splendor and priceless art and holy artifacts, the bathrooms have to be outstanding with deep, plush toilet seats that give you visions of the heavenly realm when you set your bottom on it. It’s built on top of St. Peter’s tomb for goodness sake. This is holy ground.
I snapped a picture (above) of what I found. Huh? I heard no angel songs.
My husband thinks they don’t put seats on the toilets because people steal them. Seriously? How does somebody not notice that you are walking out with a toilet seat under your arm? They would notice at the Vatican.
I think it’s just a “thing” in Rome not to have toilets seats. Go figure…
But it’s okay. Really it is. Because it’s all relative.
In 2012 I traveled through Trieste, Italy on the way to Croatia. The Trieste train station, built in 1857 and renovated in 2007 looked brand, sparkling new inside. Modern cafe, newish looking small grocery store and Euro-modern waiting room.
I was tired after flying all night from the US to Venice. It seemed like a long train ride from Venice to Trieste. I was cranky. I had to go but I hate Italian train bathrooms. They’re definitely not spic-n-span clean. Yuck.
Seeing the refurbished station got me hopeful. I hurried through the waiting area following the restroom signs. I swept into the ladies room and opened the stall door. Ta-da…
“You’ve to be kidding me.” I actually said it out loud.
In my 20’s I used these toilets in Greece. I’m not in my 20’s anymore. I seriously doubt my knees would support me. I decided I didn’t have to go that bad. That mind-body connection is amazing.
So it’s all relative. A little one-on-one with cold porcelain isn’t so bad from time to time.
When in Rome…