It made me wonder: are more French homeowners ditching their bidets? Are bidets becoming passé?
More pondering: is there some research organization that tracks the bathing habits of the French (and other nations, for that matter)? I suspect that with more and more apartments featuring showers, the bidet is going bye-bye. So sad. It was invented here about 300 years ago.
At the hotel where I used to stay often in Paris, the world's teensiest bathroom (in my room under the stairs) was for years equipped with the requisite bidet -- an endearing 18-inch rollaway number that tucked under the minuscule sink. The last time I stayed there three years ago, the quaint rolling bidet had vanished.
A rejected bidet waiting for the garbage truck. Me? I braved the "is-she-nuts?" stares of the more dignified passersby as I deftly chronicled this moment in time. Some day they'll thank me.