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          Can you recall a restroom that had a view?  When I challenged myself with that question I came up blank except for a few memorable restrooms where the view was a scary hole in the ground and one that was in a clear plastic box of a room at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art--a Yoko Ono installation.  Interestingly, since my awareness was raised, just in the last few months I’ve come across three with a view.  I’ve also asked my fellow travel writers, photographers, and bloggers to share here  a favorite picture they have snapped of a loo with a view.  Several of them have come up with Views of a Loo with a View.  I’ve also added some Views from the door of Loos.  Here you go.

But first, did you know there is a toilet museum in Suwon, Korea?
And did you know that scenically positioned dunnies (that’s what they call toilets there) litter the Austrailian Outback?
Plus, this port-a-potty surprise will teach you never to wait too long before heading to the port-a-potty!
America’s Best Restroom Contest Hall of Fame.
book:  Toilets: A Spotter's Guide

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1.  This was taken in the ladies’ room at Thingvellir National Park in Iceland--one of the stops on the Golden Circle tour.
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger Meyers, Travels with Carole

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2.  The subterranean ladies’ room at The Holbrooke hotel in Grass Valley, California, features twin iron doors that would, if they could, open to tunnels that lead directly to one of the area’s many mines.   During the Gold Rush, miners would walk underground for 2 1/2 miles to get here to visit the subterranean saloon that is adjacent and would hitch their mules while they came in for a drink.  The saloon is reputedly haunted.
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger Meyers, Travels with Carole

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3.  Also in the California’s Gold Rush Country, this apple orchard greets folks who are waiting in line and exiting the restrooms at Machado Orchards fruit stand in Auburn.  What a lovely treat.
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger Meyers, Travels with Carole

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4.  While sailing around the island of Milos in Greece  you get to see a number of picturesque fishing villages.  At the edge of one of these villages is a typical fisherman's house, and in the usual blue and white colours.  But this house has what none of the others do, a small out-house or toilet with spectacular views over the south Aegean sea.  The house is on the far left of the seaside village in the first photograph of this blogpost.
Photographed by Thomas Dowson, Archaeology Travel

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5.  This loo with a view was our bathroom during a breakfast that happened during a safari, somewhere on the Maasai Mara in Kenya, Africa.   After a dawn game watch, our drivers surprised us with an open breakfast.  We pulled into a beautiful clearing with a tree and some bushes..and this bathroom, which was strategically placed so it was not visible from the picnic area or jeeps but still offered gorgeous (and slightly unnerving) views of the open plains.
Photographed by Dani Blanchette, Going Nomadic

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6.  This is the "groover" set up near camp on the San Juan River in southern Utah.  We enjoyed this view on a river trip with outfitter O.A.R.S.  You can read a blog post by someone at O.A.R.S. who is responsible for placing the groovers.
Photographed by Greg Vaughn, Wanders And Wonders

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7.  When you’re in paradise, you can expect a view like this of the ocean and palm trees from everywhere in your bure--including the loo.  This civilized little enclosure is at the Yasawa Island Resort on Yasawa Island in Fiji. 
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger Meyers, Travels with Carole

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8.  I was visiting a special “Walt’s Trains” exhibit at The Walt Disney Family Museum at The Presidio in San Francisco.  Imagine my surprise when I realized I had a view of the Golden Gate Bridge! 
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger Meyers, Travels with Carole

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9.  This photo was taken on a macadamia nut farm near Antigua, Guatemala in the Spring of 2013.  A perfect place to meditate!
Photographed by Anita Oliver, No Particular Place To Go

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10.  This is the view from the public restrooms at Avila Beach in California.
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger Meyers, Travels with Carole

11-loos with a view-Lord Howe Island-New South Wales-c Marion (Red Nomad) 600pix

11.  One of my personal favourite Aussie loos--on the sensational Lord Howe Island off Australia's East Coast--this loo overlooks the twin peaks of Mounts Lidgbird and Gower that dominate the island.  It's a long way to the top of Mt Gower @ ~ 3000 ft!
Photographed by Marion Halliday, RedzAustralia

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12.  This dunny at Quobba Blowholes in Western Australia is my absolute favourite–a true blue long drop thunderbox, if ever I saw one.  It even opens up to views of the ocean.  
Photographed by Marion Halliday, RedzAustralia

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13.  This mature rhododendron is what you see when entering and leaving this pleasant stone restroom at the Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Tilden Regional Park in Berkeley, California
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger Meyers, Travels with Carole

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14.  This was the loo (one hole behind each low wall) I used in a tiny village in northern China while I was living there to help with an ethnographic documentation of the village traditions.  It was open to the air, and villagers walked right by on a path without batting an eye.  The children were especially fond of perching on a hillside that overlooked the loo and waving to us foreigners as we stood up and exited.  Though I found modesty to be impossible in much of rural China, it was the children waving that was so amusing here. 
Photographed by Shara Johnson, SKJ Travel

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15.  This was the loo at a picturesque chata where my husband and I spent the night in the High Tatras mountain range in Slovakia.  There are few places so beautiful to wait in line outside for your turn on a toilet.  And at night, despite the brisk mountain air, we were rewarded with a sky full of stars as we trekked between the dorm room and the loo. 
Photographed by Shara Johnson, SKJ Travel

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16.  This photo was taken from the drop toilet at the top of MacKinnon Pass in Fiordland National Park on the South Island of New Zealand. We encountered this outhouse mid-way during our 4 day hike on the Mildford Track. You can only get to this loo view by hiking in. They have cut a window into the door, so you can enjoy the view while taking care of business.
Photographed by Suzanne Fluhr, Boomeresque

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17.  We knew we were someplace special the first time we walked into the bathroom in our room at the Tintswalo Atlantic outside of Cape Town, South Africa.  The hotel is the only property actually inside the Table Mountain National Park and sits immediately at the entrance to Chapman’s Peak Drive.  The location could not be more beautiful – or more perfect.  In our room, there was a massive glass window looking out on waves in Hout Bay to the majestic Sentinel Peak beyond.  The view is spectacular!
Photographed by Laura and Lance Longwell, Travel Addicts

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18.  Peeing can be tricky enough when you are on safari in a jeep for hours, and even when there is a restroom available don't count on finding relief.  Although there was a restroom in the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, Africa, the animals in the park always come first.  This lion decided to demonstrate yet again that he is 'Lord of the Ladies', and that meant it was 'no go' for the rest of us!
Photographed by Jane Canapini, Grownup Travels

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19.  It is fitting that the entrance to the women’s restroom at the Frida Kahlo Museum house in Coyoacán, near Mexico City, should look this lovely. 
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger Meyers, Travels with Carole

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20.  This entrance to the toilets at the Forbidden City in Beijing, China opens from a busy courtyard.  You’ll find the infamous "squatty-potties," or, as the Chinese call them, “crouching tiger ones.”  Public restrooms in China are available at most attractions and in restaurants.  They are always free and usually clean, but it is advisable to always pack along your own toilet paper. Photographed by Carole Terwilliger Meyers, Travels with Carole

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21.  Each villa at the Viceroy Riviera Maya in the Riviera Maya area of Mexico features a palapa roof, an outdoor shower, and a private patio with plunge pool and hammock.  Those who are patient will see monkeys in the trees and mini-dinosaur lizards scurrying upright on two legs across pathways. 
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger Meyers, Travels with Carole

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22.  Situated deep within the redwood-dense Avenue of the Giants in Northern California, this loo at the Eternal Tree House in Redcrest gave something else a view, too. 
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger Meyers, Travels with Carole

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23.  A showerhead pokes out of these lava rocks in this outdoor shower at Paradise Taveuni resort on Taveuni Island in Fiji
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger Meyers, Travels with Carole

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24.  The view as you leave the bathroom at The Neon Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada is almost electric. 
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger Meyers, Travels with Carole

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25.  Oddly, this view as you leave the bathroom Oatman, Arizona doesn’t have any burros in it.
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger Meyers, Travels with Carole

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