Local Heart, Global Soul

October 24, 2015

Stairs Aren’t Good But, Worth It On Many Levels…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

First thing today: an apology is in order. I usually have posts come up day by day automatically via the schedule but I made a mistake and make two posts with the date of 24th October instead of one for 23rd and one for the 24th. I fixed it when I was messing around with posts later on in the day and saw it but apologies to everyone who logged on and found nothing (most of yesterday!).

Following yesterday’s post, late last summer Himself and I were enjoying a long overdue date night in a restaurant in the center of the city.

The location is Nobelstraat and is one of the oldest streets in the city center so it’s little surprise to learn that the building we are in is six hundred years old.

Himself and I are dining are in a cafe restaurant called “Qip” and after the meal when I wanted to visit the Ladies, the waitress looked at the crutches and apologetically told me that the only toilets are downstairs in the cellar and sadly there is no lift.

Stairs are my nemesis and make pain even more painful but when needs must I have to bite the bullet and walk up or down stairs. At least it was worth it when I got down there.

Once relieved I could take a look around at the “bones” of the building. Past restoration had taken into account the age of the building and tried to keep as much of the history intact.

Not only are the toilets functional they are beautiful as well, especially arched doors have been fitted into the existing archways and as much as possible it is still possible to see the original stone and brickwork.

The bench opposite the hand basins has been dressed with an old sewing machine and basin which are far more in keeping than any modern furniture would have been.

I’m impressed, a stunning solution to a problem that must have caused some major headaches: how to fit twenty-first century necessities into a fifteenth century building sympathetically and practically.

Further back towards the stairs the cellar reaches back the length of the building and an additional bar has been installed down here, probably for private functions. In my opinion the solution that was found could could not have been done better. This is how this toilet makes it on to my list of amazing loos… Brilliant!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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