Accidental Tourist

The need to pee presents a 'oui' problem in France

Language barriers and lavatories are not a good combination, writes Neville Green

13 December 2020 - 00:00 By Neville Green

Benjamin Franklin once said, "Nothing can be certain, except death and taxes." And then there's the need to pee. For travellers this can make or break a holiday. You know you are ageing when on exploring new places you first locate the toilets.

Recently in France, I experienced magnifique, bad and ugly loos and the art of avoiding paying to pee while travelling from Paris to Brittany to Normandy. I realised that while the dogs roaming with their Parisian owners through the City of Lights have carte blanche to relieve themselves anywhere, humans do not have that luxury...

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