European bathroom stalls are commonly small closets. Tiny rooms with actual walls running floor to ceiling. The ultimate in defecation privacy. However, on such a forward thinking continent they have also considered water conservation, and instead of delivering the Cosby kids to the pool you end up plopping them with the force of gravity to a porcelain deck over looking the pool.
You haven't realized it yet, but toilet water is AMAZING. Not only does it at least help deter streak-age (a plague ridiculously wide spread), but it also prevents air from flirting with fumes. Let's face it, without toilet water, in Europe your basically sitting in a tiny air tight room huffing freshly baked brown loaf.