Some remnants of UK culture are hard to shift. First, the sliding door. As I see it, fine on wardrobes, but for proper doors, a bit 70's, a bit naff. Not so in Italy! In Italy they feature in new build houses and expensive apartments even where there's ample space to accommodate a swinging door.
So, it was with hesitation and trepidation that I changed what was on the plans (understandably, the biggest no-no with builders in any country, and we women have a particularly bad reputation for doing it!) and asked our builder to take down the freshly built (oops!) wall with standard door opening, and build instead a wall for a sliding door (the door slides into a recess in the wall). It is definitely for the best, saving space and preserving natural light in one of the holiday apartments where I know Italians will think nothing of it, I just hope my British friends will still talk to me!
And so to the bidet! Now that a few friends have brought it up in conversation, I feel it's okay to share it with you here! It's no secret we Brits don't understand bidets - that we share with 99% countries in the world. They're even falling out of fashion with the French apparently. Not so in Italy! Here you have to have a bidet if you want to rent or sell to Italians. It's a deal-breaker and 100% non-negotiable.
|Toilet paper AND towels? I don't want to think about it!|
So I relented and put a bidet in each of the apartments, but even then they weren't happy! Not content with the amount of space you allow for a WC, the bidet needs more space either side as dictated by the position of your feet when using - memorably demonstrated by our wonderful and reserved architect!
|Look at it! |
Smugly taking space perfect for the basin!
|So blase with its skinny waste - not even trying to fit in!|
So that's all I have to say about bidets. They have turned my bathroom designs upside down and I have a brooding resentment of them! After all this, they better still be a must-have when we come to sell!
Anyone out there brave enough to share their enthusiasm / confusion for the little blighters?! I've heard they're wonderful for washing your feet/undies/small pets!