One of the things I have always brought along is the end of toilet paper rolls I keep in a zip lock bag...or you can bring a package of diaper wipes. Yes, I remember being desperate in Mexico. Mazatlan I think.. at a flea market and the locals took me to a garage with a hole in the ground...I was desperate..!!! In Porta delardo there was an elderly lady in a bathroom with strips of toilet paper she was selling. I had my own.
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Italy no longer uses the Lira. It is now Euros. So you will need Euro coins. They are in denominations of .01, .02, .05, .10, .20, .50, 1 and 2 Euro coins (IIRC)
Euros are interesting. One side is the same among all European Union countries that use the Euro but the other side is unique to each country. All coins can be used in any EU country that uses the Euro, regardless of the country that is depicted on one side.
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First timers to Europe, look for signs (usually small and up high) that say WC (Watercloset) an be prepared to pay either an attendant or into a slot which opens the door.
As we were headed into Florence we stopped at a monastery near a statue of the David. Under the stairs leading up to the statue, there were restrooms. The men's room was just a hole in the floor. The Ladies room had two stalls.
The McD's in Rome had a restroom, but you had to go way down a spiral staircase to get to it.
As we were traveling on a Water Taxi from the Island of Burano back to Venice, my DH had an emergency nature call. It was getting dark and the boat stopped at the island of Murano. We jumped off to find a restroom and the boat left us. We found that almost everything had closed for the day, but finally found a little bakery. They did not want him to use the restroom without paying, so I stayed at the counter and ordered the cheapest thing I could. They were also about to close for the day. We walked out into a very deserted little island and it was really dark by then. Thank goodness one of our friends had explained the chart for the water taxis and ferries and we were able to figure out where to go to catch another boat back to Venice. We were beginning to think we would be sleeping on a bench that night.
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2005 Holiday, Sensation, Conquest,
2006 Conquest, Celebration, Holiday,
2007 Freedom Grand Med, Holiday
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2011 Monarch of the Seas
2012 Booked - Breeze from Barcelona 12 days
I am glad this thread got bumped up. We had been told by some people, they had rest rooms on some buses,although I could not imagine how that could be really, since, every seat is a valuable piece of real estate. ..this was not the case for us. With no stops along the way to the inner cities on ships itineraries, you better have no emergancy!
We found in Florence, after our walk into the square, there was a tourism office that had rest rooms, and that was the only one that had a charge...it was .60 euros Every rest room we used in other ports was free, and many times once the bus arrived at our destination, there was a rest room, very close. Eating in a cafe they allow their patrons to use their facilities of course.
The only time I heard of a hole in the ground, was in Rome by the Collesium.
Many times there was no top seat, just the porcelain,and the flushes were on the wall..One sink had a pedal on the floor to push to wash your hands.
Most of what he heard from people in the know, was the worst of the restrooms are in small villages all over Europe. Thankfully we didn'r see the worst.
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