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Travel Quick(y): Bathroom Humour at the Radisson Blu, Antwerp

I’ve been known to say the wrong thing at the wrong time on numerous of occasions and this foot-in-mouth condition is typical of us Sagittarians, but the title of this post – Quick(y) and Bathroom too close to one another for comfort –  is the one time I have done that in writing.

Nevertheless, the title would have you believe this is a NSFW (Not Suitable For Work) post, but let me assure you straight up that this is very much NOT a NSFW travel bite (disappointed are you?), unless you are forbidden from even looking at a simple, yet humorous, bathroom photo at work, in which case I would just like to inform you that your Boss and HR Head is standing right behind you.

Yikes! I know.

Now that it’s too late and you have been busted and you can’t do anything about it, might as well get the last laugh before you get fired and you can be a good sport and let your Boss in as well, hoping that he forgives you, this one time, provided he finds the photo funny – Bosses can either be too by-the-book or really causal and hardly ever walk the thin line in-between.

Travel is always full of surprises and interesting sightings, and this little gem of a photo can be viewed in the reception loo over at the Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel in Antwerp, Belgium where I spent a lovely couple of days on work.

Situated right opposite the central train station, it’s a wonderful business hotel with a covered swimming pool and best of all, free WiFi. The rooms (starting at around €150,-) are clean and typical of any good business hotel with all basic amenities that one would expect (coffee/tea making apparatus, mini bar, plasma tv). I did not try the in-house restaurants (hardly ever do) so cannot comment on the food and prices, but since my two day business trip stay was more than comfortable I would strongly recommend the hotel.

However, I do love how cheeky they are with their decoration and what I want from you, now that you have all the time to travel the world, is if you ever find yourself in Antwerp, staying at The Radisson Blu, and if you are a female or travel with a female companion, I would very much love to know how they have counteracted this Men’s bathroom decor in the case of the opposite sex?

Remember to drop me a line if you ever do find out or maybe even take a quick snap like I did – lucked out on finding it empty, I mean can you imagine if someone walked in while I was taking the photo – and share it with us all.

 

28 Comments

  • arv!
    Posted 18 December, 16 at 10:02 PM

    It’s not common to come across such humorous posters. But across the advertising world “Women factor” always spice things up, which explains the presence of women in advertisements across all product segments! Thanks for sharing Raghav.

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    • Post Author
      Ticker Eats The World
      Posted 18 December, 16 at 10:51 PM

      Yup! But I was taken in because it’s a world renowned brand and this is such a business hotel. Still, harmless humour is always nice

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      • arv!
        Posted 19 December, 16 at 11:01 PM

        I know. Not many corporations and organisations will undertake this kind of humour for it might catch them on a wrong foot! Better safe than sorry, rules 🙂

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        • Post Author
          Ticker Eats The World
          Posted 19 December, 16 at 11:02 PM

          Exactly! A friend told me they have something similar in France too. I’m guessing they risk it in places that are more liberal.

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          • arv!
            Posted 19 December, 16 at 11:09 PM

            Ah! France? they do have some humorous advertisement campaigns too. Same for the Italy, to a certain extent.

          • Post Author
            Ticker Eats The World
            Posted 19 December, 16 at 11:43 PM

            Yeah most of Western Europe like Germany, Spain, France, etc are quite cheeky with their adverts. Within boundaries it’s always good.

          • arv!
            Posted 20 December, 16 at 6:29 AM

            True 🙂

  • CJ | Thirty30Courtney.com
    Posted 19 December, 16 at 7:45 PM

    I’ve never come across bathroom decor like this. I’m also like you in the sense that I hardly eat in-house. I’m busy searching for happening restaurants in the area to check out.

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  • Neha Verma
    Posted 20 December, 16 at 8:21 PM

    Really humorous posters . Even I am intrigued on what would be the counterpart in the male’s toilet

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  • thesanetravel
    Posted 22 December, 16 at 1:01 PM

    It’s funny posters. I haven’t seen something like that in real life. You have a good eye on that.

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  • fouronaworldtrip
    Posted 22 December, 16 at 5:23 PM

    hahaha your made me laugh out loud! That picture is hilarious and your post is awesome! Well done, good job 😀 If I ever make it to Antwerp, I will make sure to check the female bathroom for you!

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    • Post Author
      Ticker Eats The World
      Posted 22 December, 16 at 5:35 PM

      Cheers. A friend told me they use the same at Radisson in France too so maybe you can check there as well 😂

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      • fouronaworldtrip
        Posted 22 December, 16 at 5:47 PM

        good idea!! If I walk by one, I will use the loo 😀

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  • Sumti Bhadani
    Posted 22 December, 16 at 10:32 PM

    Haha The picture was really funny. I have seen this in one place in India too 🙂

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  • Vicky @ A Backpack Full of Adventures
    Posted 26 December, 16 at 8:54 PM

    Ha, love this! 😀 I do wonder what the women’s version is, though!

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  • onyajay
    Posted 25 January, 17 at 6:40 PM

    So many places you couldn’t do that. People are too politically correct these days, it’s boring! So glad you took a pic! I’m a new follower, love your posts

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      Ticker Eats The World
      Posted 25 January, 17 at 7:38 PM

      Thanks and I agree, not that one should overlook some of the issues we face, but people are always ready to get offended these days. Cheers and thanks

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  • Shruti Arora
    Posted 7 November, 17 at 11:23 AM

    Haha great find and thanks for sharing the pic so that others could also get there daily dose of fun. And not only the pic, even the starting of your post was quite funny, wounder how many got fired 🙂

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  • televisionofnomads
    Posted 31 January, 18 at 8:34 PM

    You are so funny! I too love cheeky decoration, and appreciate you bringing this Radisson Blu to my awareness! If you ever find out what’s in the male bathrooms, you gotta post about it!

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  • Shibu S.
    Posted 31 January, 18 at 8:42 PM

    Wow you had a great discovery 😉 I am always up for humor and the picture did catch my attention and I must admit I find it funny enough. Though I might resist opening it in while at work 😀

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  • Heidi Medina
    Posted 1 February, 18 at 1:09 AM

    HAHA, what a nice bit of bathroom humor. I’ve seen sexy men hanging in women’s bathrooms but never in such a humorous pose. Now I wonder what the lady’s room at the Radisson Blu in Antwerp looks like. Did you try to take a peek?

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  • Mimi & Mitch
    Posted 2 February, 18 at 7:55 PM

    This is hilarious, didn’t expect that to be at the Radisson Blu at all! This would’ve been such a no go in Dubai where we live haha. I just wonder how long they were up to and how long they will keep it there though. Radisson isn’t a brand that would do that in our opinion so would’ve think of it to be there only for april for april fools for example you know?

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