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Thursday, 22 March 2007

Toilets
Here I Sat (or squatted)

Pictures of hotel rooms often show the luxurious bed, the stylish furniture or the stunning view out the window. Or alternatively the lumpy bed, the crumbling furniture and a close up view of an adjacent wall. Either way that important secondary room with its throne (or hole in the floor) doesn’t get photographed so often. So here are 12 interesting places I’ve sat (or squatted) in the last 12 months.

Crom CastlePrince Charles also sat here – Buff Room, Crom Castle, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
Prince Charles used this same room (and toilet) when he stayed at the castle.

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Far Kahuta, Pakistan

Aid workers squatted here  –AAI House, Far Kahuta, Kashmir, Pakistan – Squat-style toilet in Australian Aid International’s house in the zone of the 2005 earthquake. Maureen and I stayed here in February 2006.

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Kia Ora Hut, TasmaniaEnvironmentally sound – Kia Ora Hut, Overland Track, Tasmania, Australia
In one of the Cradle Huts along Tasmania’s week long Overland Track walk.

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Banyan Tree, PhuketToilet-with-a-garden Banyan Tree Phuket, Thailand –  In the luxurious Banyan Tree Resort on the island of Phuket.
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Rookery, LondonVictorian polish – The Rookery, Clerkenwell, London, England - Highly polished brass in this Victorian era toilet in the classy Rookery Hotel in London.

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Balkar Otel, DiyarbakirAll purpose – Balkar Otel, Diyarbakir, Turkey  –
Another of those toilets where you can rest your chin on the sink and have a shower at the same time. I was on my way to Iraq from eastern Turkey when I stayed here.

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Malmaison, Belfast
Style, style, style – Malmaison Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Cutting edge bathroom fashion in the Belfast branch of this trendy boutique hotel chain.

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Marco Polo Hotel, HeratFree Internet – Marco Polo Hotel, Herat, Afghanistan
The toilets may be squat-style but this hotel does offer free internet connections.

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Grand Hyatt, Hong Kong.

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Modern Five Star – Grand Hyatt Hotel, Hong Kong – All the modern conveniences including a telephone close to hand.

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Du Cane Hut, Tasmania

In the wilds – Du Cane Hut, Overland Track, Tasmania, Australia
An open air long drop beside this classic Australian walking track.

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Santo Stefano Hotel, TurinItalian modern – Santo Stefano Hotel, Turin, ItalyAll mod cons in this very stylish new NH Hotel in the centre of Turin.

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Il Guelfo Bianco, FlorenceMore Italian modern –
Il Guelfo Bianco, Florence, Italy
Another stylishly modern Italian hotel.

 

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