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The Ladies Room Door Art Series: Part Thirty-six

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Aren’t we lucky to live in a creative world? I never would have guessed when I started photographing ladies room doors that I’d be up to thirty-six posts!

Thanks to Greta, who snapped this one: the Regeneration Station, a furniture store in Ashville, North Carolina.

And Judy found these at Sitti restaurant in Raleigh. They feature authentic Lebanese food. Judy reports that “sitti” means grandmother in Lebanese.
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From Ken, the Skylight Inn Barbecue Joint in Ayden, North Carolina. Ken writes that bathroom doors can be a learning experience. Now we all now the official names for male and female pigs!
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From Carol, the Panera  Bread at Lake Sumter Landing at The Villages, Florida.

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Also from Carol, Mac’s Speed Shop in Greenville, South Carolina.

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And Ferguson’s, a showroom in Greenville. This photo from Ferguson’s is a first for our Ladies Room Door Art Series. It was taken at a place where you can actually BUY toilets.

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From Carol, the Olive Garden, outside Columbia, South Carolina.

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From Ken, the bathroom door to a museum in Bogota, Panama.

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From Cathy, a festive door at EPCOT Theme Park in Orlando, Florida.

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And because it brought back memories of my girlhood, a bathroom door from grandson Maze’s school.

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I took this one at Bread Winners at the North Park Mall in Dallas, Texas.

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And another stylish letter W at Victor Tangos in Dallas.

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Here’s Sissy’s in Dallas.

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I found this old style brass sign at The Pilot House in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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And here’s a fun link on the USA Today site to some of the best hotel bathrooms around the world.

Wouldn’t it be fun to shower in them all?

The Ladies Room Doors of Italy: Part Two

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More ladies room doors from our Italian adventure. (Here’s Part One in case you missed it.)

We said goodbye to Florence and took the train to Cinque Terre. These five seaside towns on the Italian Riviera are connected by walking trails and rail. A moment of moments: The sea from the train window!

 

Read more about Cinque Terre on the Lonely Planet site.

We stayed in a a small apartment at a B and B in Monterossa al Mare, the largest of the towns. I found the sign at the top of the post on our first night, at an outdoor bar where we shared apps and sipped drinks.

We’d hoped to hike from town to town, but some of the trails were destroyed in a 2011 flood and are yet to be repaired. But it ended up that one hike was enough for me. Phew! I was not prepared for the steep steps and strenuous climbs. Cliff, a much more proficient hiker than I am, was surprised that the trail was marked “moderate.” He said it would have been rated “difficult” over here. But the rigor came with a reward. We descended (finally) to find one of the views of a lifetime. This is the town of Vernazza.

I liked this colorful display and am now painting this scene for art class. Might just turn out well enough to hang in the laundry room of the new house.

Cafes and restaurants abound in Cinque Terre. And so do great bathroom signs. Here’s a fishy one at Ristorante al Carugio in Monterrosa al Mare.

With a funky mirror:


Wine served in pitchers!


Here’s  the wine cork door to the unisex bathroom at the Cantina di Miki in Monterossa. Cliff and I tend not to seek out high end restaurants on our travels. Just too much $$. But if you go to Monterossa, this place is worth a visit thanks to its excellent food and funky, modern decor. Cinque Terre is  one of the world’s sardine capitals. Wish I had a photo of the sardines we tried, prepared five different ways.

After Cinque Terre, we took the train to another watery location. Venice! I’ve wanted to go since I learned about this place as a little girl. We walked through the train station and there is was! The Floating City.

 

I ate pasta almost every night in Italy. Look at the choices!

This was my favorite pasta of the trip, and I keep meaning to make it now that I’m stateside: Spaghetti all’arrabiatta. It’s peppery!


I worried about gaining weight on a month long trip. We walked and walked and walked, which helped of course. And although I indulged, I did so with some degree of moderation, something I wouldn’t have done twenty years ago.

The gelato did not disappoint, but we both thought the bread earned a C in Italy, at best-dry with little flavor. Perhaps that’s why I didn’t gain weight, as I can never resist good bread.

Loved the meringues. They come in  lovely colors and flavors.

We were sad to say goodbye to Venice. And yep, we rode in a gondola. Loved it!

Car rental time. Even though Cliff did a fine job, riding in a rental car put my nerves on edge. The Italians love to tailgate, and we went through some narrow passages in the hill towns.

But the rest stops are incredible-clean and modern, with fabulous fresh food and great bathrooms. Here are stall doors that advertise a fruit drink, I think.

And here’s the ladies room sign at another rest stop.


My grandon Maze would love this bathroom just for kids (and babies). Note the child- sized toilet.

and a blow dryer near the changing table for bottoms.


We were headed to Assisi in Umbria. I was relieved when we finally pulled into the hotel parking lot. And even happier to take in the view from our room.

And I loved this view when we ventured onto the Assisi streets.

I’ve been a St. Francis nut for years. Frances art abounds.

 

On to bathroom doors.

I’m not sure where I found this lovely lady.

A sign on the street:

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And at a pizzeria

Part of the pizzeria floor is covered with Plexiglas, so visitors can note the Roman ruins below.

We visited the churches and tombs of both St. Frances and St. Clare. I pondered the lives they lived and their dedication to the poor.

On our last day in Assisi, we visited the church of San Domiano, where Frances received his call from God. Here’s a handmade sign at a ladies room near the parking lot.

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Our next stop was the town of Montepulciano in Tuscany. Here’s the door to the bathroom at our B and B.


And the view from our window.

I  can’t remember where I found this shiny lady.

The emergency pull in the same restaurant bathroom.


This wine cellar, located right in town, is 1000 years old. We were disappointed that most of the wineries required reservations, which may not be difficult to get, but we didn’t try.

Our trip was nearly at an end. I’d been worried about being gone for a month. Happily, we got no reports of trouble from our friend watching the house, and the kids and granddkids stayed safe and healthy.

I packed very light, so I definitely got tired of my clothes. Washing clothes in the room worked really well, so we never officially did laundry. It was time to tidy up that suitcase one more time, turn in the rental car, and hop on the train to Rome.

Part Three coming up soon!

 

The Ladies Room Door Art Series: Part Thirty-five

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Doors! Doors! Doors! There’s nothing like a festive or funky or elegant ladies room door to brighten your trip to the potty.  I found the door above at the Ichibaun Buffet in Durham, North Carolina.

Kathy sent us The Cliff House in San Francisco.

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I found this rustic, upbeat sign at Chicken Lick BBQ in Driftwood, Texas.

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And this is from La Condesa in Austin, Texas.

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This is the door at Pride 100. The bar is one of several restored bungalows on a fun street in Austin called Rainey Street.
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Here’s the wallpaper inside. Not sure how old this paper is, but they say wallpaper is making a comeback.

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The sink!

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From Judy, here’s the ladies room sign at Peter Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands.

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Lovely sinks

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From Judi, a hotel in Merido, Mexico.

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And I like this sign at Southpoint, my local mall.

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From Rachel, here’s Indochine in Wilmington, North Carolina. Now that is one elaborate door!

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From Claire, a handcrafted skirt on the ladies room sign at the Pennsylvania Welcome Center, I-83 in York County, Pennsylvania. Creativity!

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From Carol, The Realto Theater at The Villages in Florida.

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Also from Carol, the Longhorn Steakhouse in Commerce, Georgia.

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And finally, Nancy snapped this lovely sign while attending a play at the Passmore Senior Center, in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Yikes!

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The Ladies Room Door Art Series: Part Thirty-four

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From Cindy, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Batter up!

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And Cindy snapped these at a bakery in Château-Richer, Quebec,  called “Chez Marie.”

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Pat found these at the Outback Steakhouse in Williamsburg, Virgiania.

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Nancy spotted this one at a restaurant near the Rialto Bridge in Venice.
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Judy found these simple shapes at Lobkowicz Museum at the castle in Prague.

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 She writes that, “There was a special bathroom stall for mom and baby. More room and a table to change diapers.  Very clean. Mostly white.”

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From my cousin Robert the Fireman, the doors at Hopatcong, New Jersey, Defiance Engine Company 3.

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I snapped this western sign at The Carriage House in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. We were there for the wedding of my friend Lisa’s lovely daughter, Jordan.

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From Carol, the Lake Lure Inn in Lake Lure, North Carolina:

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Taziki’s in Greenville, South Carolina.
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And from Carol too, the Orange Blossom Country Club at the Villages.

Here’s the unisex door at Pizza Tap, down the street from my daughter Laura in Dallas, Texas.

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And to wrap it up, one of the oddest doors I’ve even found. Well I didn’t really find it. A waiter led me to it.The door is not labeled and is hidden in a wall made of puffy vinyl panels. Cliff and I stopped at the restaurant for a drink in New York City. I’ve lost the name of the place, but they sure boast one wacky door.20160920_160550

Finally, blogging friend Jena Henry introduced me via Twitter to toilet paper origami. Learn more here. Find plenty of ways to decorate the end of your toilet paper  on Pinterest, too. I wonder if I can convince Cliff that our toilet paper rolls need a bit of sprucing up. Does that seem like a good use of a retired husband’s time?