Lol what's up with the lack of public restrooms in Paris? I discussed this with a couple of Parisians at dinner. They said it was a matter of who pays for it, restrooms becoming a hangout for the homeless, and perhaps even cultural factors.
All the restrooms around Notre Dame were closed. The few modern automatic street toilets had comically long lines. We snuck in a McDonald's once. The major parks had no open restrooms. C'mon! We were turned away by a cafe. Now, I know you can get a drink and use the toilet, but i don't want to sit down at a cafe every couple of hours. As an athlete maybe I'm used to drinking too much water?
I mentioned this in another thread but I might have set a daytime personal record of over 8 hours without going to a toilet. Yay me!
Is this the same in other European cities? I lived in Germany 8 years but don't recall the same situation at all.
Note: I am not slamming France as I found the French and Parisians to be great people. I'm just curious.