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Pardon the potty talk, but we’re discussing bathrooms today. These are on my mind because I just got back from France where I spent a week bicycling around the Loire Valley visiting several chateaux.
While sporting sweaty spandex and helmet hair, I toured the excessively lavish castles of beheaded royals and other aristocracy, which clarified for me both why the French commoners revolted, and just how far bathrooms have come.
While I walked through dozens of palatial bedrooms and parlors outfitted with fine tapestries, painted portraits in gilded frames, carved marble fireplaces and ornate ceilings, I did not see one bathroom — because they didn’t exist.
No royal flush, for sure. Even Chateau de Chambord, the valley’s largest chateau with 426 rooms, had no bathrooms. So, imagine that the residents throw a lavish dinner party with guests all festooned in ermine furs, pearls and silk seated around a bedecked dining table, then, heaven forbid, one guest needs to powder her nose?