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October 12, 2016

Feeling Right At Home…

Filed under: ART,GERMANY,LAVITORIAL - Intersting Loo's...,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Stopping for lunch at the “Im Pfenn” Restaurant in the small German town of Irrhausen, I find a new toilet to feature in my series of memorable conveniences.

This one wasn’t outstanding for humorous reasons, it wasn’t strange or quirky, but it had an unusual charm in that it was so far removed from the lavatories usually found in restaurants and cafes.

Why? … because it was not just practical but also personal. It felt more like you had wondered into the owners own home,  there were things like hand cream, tissues, and air freshener. There is also a sign “für alle Notfälle” (For all emergencies) on the bureau, I didn’t think to look inside the drawer but it appears there may have been some emergency feminine supplies available as well if needed.

Most tellingly though, not just a fold down changing table for the smallest customers, but also a small step so that little hands could reach the wash basin and a child’s toilet seat to cover the adult one so that mothers (I can only speak from the point of view of the Ladies loo) didn’t have to add the chore of balancing their toddlers on the edge of the seat to the one of taking them to a public toilet.

Many parents will know that toddlers undergoing the “joys” of toilet training hate hovering above the bowl. being  scared of falling into an adult sized toilet, but also that a child toilet cover is not the first thing you think of taking with you when going out for a meal, so taking the fear and (hopefully) drama out of toddler toileting is a very much appreciated. All of these features, along with a bright and jaunty “Wickle Tisch” sign (changing table) rather literally make you feel like you are right at home.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Im Pfenn Restaurant and Hotel / Irrhausen / Germany

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