You'll still find the occasional pissoir in Lyon, and
public toilets in bars or cafés may be of the squat-over-a-hole-in-the-floor Turkish
design. A far more pleasant alternative is the modern self-cleaning toilette
automatique, a so-called "street toilet" that's often found near parks.
After you've inserted a €
in the vending slot, the door unlocks and you step inside to find a freshly
washed and disinfected toilet that resembles a giant bedpan. When you've
completed the task at hand, you make like Elvis and leave the building.The
toilet then flips up against the back wall, where it's hosed down and
disinfected by a robot janitor.
You have only 15-20 minutes to
complete your business before the door unlocks, so don't plan on reading the
works of Stendahl while you're on the stool. Also, don't try sneaking in after
the last customer leaves, or you'll feel like a pedestrian in a drive-through