Loo with a view: The world’s toilets with the best vistas

October 26, 2008

We may not really care what our view is when we use the loo.

But maybe we should – for according to the World Toilet Organisation we spend three years of our lives on the throne.

And that fact was enough to set author Luke Barclay off on a mission to flush out the planet’s best loos with a view.

Among them are remote wilderness loos, such as the ones at Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia and the Boulder Pass Campsite in Montana, which overlooks the spectacular Agassiz Glacier.

Many are on sacred sites – including those in the Valley of Longevity in Ecuador, where locals are said to live to 135, and on Mount Sinai in Egypt, where God is said to have handed the Ten Commandments to Moses.

The loos on the lookout tower at Alcatraz clearly worked, as no escape attempts were successful in the prison’s 29-year history.

But women using the aquarium toilet at Mumin Papa Cafe in Akashi, Japan, have complained of being watched by a male sea turtle.

However, the future for interesting toilets is bright, as the new men’s loo in Terminal 3 of Singapore’s Changi Airport proves.


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