Saturday, August 23, 2008
Christening the Salle de Bain
I don't think we'll be breaking any bottles of Blanquette over the baignoire (bathtub) to herald it's maiden voyage. I'll just be glad if all the tiles don't fall off the wall. Every conceivable nook and cranny has been sealed with caulk, including the centuries-old beam overhead, and I believe the vessel is water-tight.
When we ordered the ecran de baignoire (sliding tub enclosure door), the longest one available was still 18 cm short. So Doug had, yet once again, to improvise. He cleverly added a single row of glass blocks at the far end for the ecran to butt up against.
The circular object is one of the most ingenious European products I've yet seen. It's one of the many different ways you flush a toilet here. It's not so much that you don't use a handle like we do in the States, it's that it is a Dual-Flush. Without getting too specific, depending upon the amount of water needed to accompany your visit to the toilette, you can choose to press either the half button for a half-flush, or the larger button for a full flush. We have low-flow toilets in the States, and we have a dual-flush one one of our toilets in Moab. But you have to know beforehand it is a dual flush, that you should hold the handle down for a few seconds. There is nothing that indicates this is a choice. This toilet does it quite easily without language or foreknowledge. I guess some could say that us Americans don't know shit.
Doug adds: Notice also, fellow Americans, that this toilet exits through the wall not the floor. You can get toilets here that exit through the wall to the rear, left, right, or through the floor. I would imagine this is all possible in the good old USA, but I've never seen it. It makes adding a toilet much easier to plan.