Grin and Diana

Our travels around the world


Accommodations at Cité U.

My building is Fondation Deutsch de la Meurthe, Greard C. The room itself is nothing special (in fact I'm supposed to have a roommate if one arrives), but the exterior space is wonderful. Had a tough time buying a plug adapter... people in the area don't speak much english.

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Luxembourg Quarter and Latin Quarter

Fontaine Médicis Diana the huntress in front of Palais du Luxembourg Jardin du Luxembourg One of many impressive sculptures in the gardins A catalpa tree! (reminds me of home) Guards in cute hats St-Sulpice St-Sulpice Expo of ceramics outside St-Sulpice Pottery at the expo of ceramics outside St-Sulpice Squid pottery at the expo of ceramics outside St-Sulpice. Gallery of the Kings at Musée National du Moyen Age Musée National du Moyen Age (Square de Cluny).  I stumbled on this unintentionally but it was wonderful - and good timing since the first Sunday of every month is free at some museums including this one. Cluny Cluny staircase Gérard Mulot - one example of the many amazing boulangeries (bakeries).  The colorful cookies are their macaroons, but they're very different from macaroons I've had before with a filling in the middle.  Not my favorite - I got a delicious tarte aux pommes (nearby). 42781191-snacks 42781193-macaroons 42781202-fruit_cakes The Panthéon with St-Etienne-du-Mont in the background.  Accross the street are two huge curved buildings, one with the common engraving Liberté, égalité, fraternité. Inside St-Etienne-du-Mont

Tour of the American Hospital

The American hospital had a limited set of services including very low trauma capabilities, but it had more diagnostic imaging and seemed very quite and comfortable. Apperently it is "tres chic" to be treated there. The took us out for a nice lunch. The picture of the tub isn't great but I had to document that they offer water birth. The sanitation is expensive and it is only used in the early stages of labor, but still it's neat.

This was after our first 2-hour session learning medical french - we'll have these all week. My french is pretty terrible and I miss a lot of what's happening, but no doubt it will help.

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Académie de Médecine + Musée de l'Assistance Publique

The most surprising thing I learned is that it wasn't until after the revolution that doctors worked in hospitals. A hospital (derivation: hospitality) was just a place for the sick and the homeless to go when they had nowhere else to turn. There were no treatments even attempted, and really disease just spread there. After the revolution, religion had less power and it was not as sacrilegious to dissect the dead. So doctors finally went to hospitals out of scientific interest.

Académie de Médecine.  We were given a tour by the equivalent of a former surgeon general.  He talked a lot about overseeing redecorations of this room. 42807787-book1 42807812-book2 42807822-book_3 This is one of the earliest anatomy books - I wish I had been taking notes on the titles and authors.  It was huge.  The skeleton leaning on a staff is apparently a highly reproduced image. Musée de l'Assistance Publique: Another sweet ceiling with lizards. One of the first copper plates printed in color (yes, of scrotum).  The artist had an exceptional ability to break an image down into component colors and was the first person to use the technique. Musée de l'Assistance Publique.  They oppened this back up for our tour despite the fact that it closed in June to be moved to a new location and reopened in 2016.  France is selling the building (basically across the street from Notre Dame) for 60 million euros. Musée de l'Assistance Publique: The oldest painted ceiling in Paris. The first x-rays done in France. A doctor's toolbox.  They had a lot of early equipment and also a collection of stones and minerals and herbs and animal parts that were used for various ailments.  Undoubtedly the slim minority worked better than placebo, but you have to start somewhere! Random wall and sculpture I liked. And a random square off of a tiny pedestrian only street that I couldn't find on my map. Fontaine St-Michel La Seine A first glimpse of Notre Dame

Avicenne (and other wanderings)

Avicenne is a hospital on the northern outskirts of Paris.  They have a pretty poor and diverse population and do a lot of good work, helping people beyond their medical concerns. The architecture everywhere is lovely.  I like the frequent contrast between modern and ancient. The architecture everywhere is lovely.  I like the frequent contrast between modern and ancient. So many stuffed window boxes 42814155-me Palais de Chaillot Palais de Chaillot.  Imposing wings seated high with a great view of the Eiffel Tower. Little traffic circle south of the Champs Elysees Sun just starting to set near Cimetiére de Passy (which was closed, I might try to go back) Window gazing.  The sculpture had a really cool surface, as well as being creepy. Greenery always seems to be bursting from the seams.

Exploring Beaubourg and Les Halles

On Thursday we went to Hôpital Paul Brousse and talked to one of the doctors about her addiction clinic. It was helpful that the doctor was bilingual and was able to express in depth views on her hospital, training and programs in English. In addition to standard therapies, patients can participate in cooking their meals, they have exercise rooms and art rooms and even massage therapy and hypnosis. The doctor talked about the importance for addicts to reconnect with their bodies and everything they are capable off. It sounded pretty enlightened and I don't think we have anything to compare in the US. The doctor was also unique, within the France system as well, for being dual trained in addiction and in psychiatry. This allows her to provide comprehensive care since these conditions are so often co-morbid.

On Friday, we went to Hôpital Tenon. The central part is the chapel of the hospital, which was lovely. There has been a modern expansion of the hospital and the new entrance is depicted in the second image.

Tour St-Jacques Musée des Arts et Métiers, housed in what was once an abbey. Pond with a duck and duckling at the Square du Temple. Les Halles, which my guide book calls Looks like I'm not the only tourist who thinks hanging stuffed rats in a window display is odd. It makes a statement though.  Some of the flying Looks like I'm not the only tourist who thinks hanging stuffed rats in a window display is odd. It makes a statement though.  Some of the flying Tous pour un et un pour tous.  Honestly I'm not even sure what this building is, besides translating the rest of the writing to mean Almost oddly pristine. Soldes! In France, sales are regulated and only occur twice a year.  Luckily for me, July is once of those two times. This store was particularly colorful, (although french styles in general seem to be colorful). Pompidou. I wasn't particularly interested to see the modern art it contains, but the concept of the building itself is unique (putting the plumbing on the outside to keep the internal space as clean as possible). Pompidou St Eustache is pretty glorious. St Eustache is pretty glorious. An impressive dome on the Bource du Commerce, France's first iron building. Hôpital Tenon Hôpital Tenon


Saturday I slept in. I then intended to go the the Louvre, but as I was drinking a coffee outside I met an Arabic decorative painter outside who was looking for Jardin des Tuileries and he convinced me to join him. His french (2nd language) was better than his english which was far better than my french... but that actually worked out well for someone for me to endeavor to speak with. When it started raining we ducked into this AHAE photography exhibit. It was cliche material, but it was done well so still very enjoyable.

In the evening, Caitlin and Zia and I had a picnic on the Seine with some wine and champagne and then went to a Caitlin's favorite bar for some dancing. Glad to get a taste for the night life and glad to have done so with friends.

43166555-ahae 43166569-ahae_2 43166590-meemo Jardin du Palais Royal One of the many statues of Joan of Arc. This one is at Place des Pyramides. A bunch of women doing i'm-really-not-sure-what in a courtyard of Palais Royal. Maybe it was a bachlorette party, but there were a lot of other people standing around watching them repeatedly try to jump in unison. Maybe it had something to do with Comédie Française, the national theater next door. St Rouch, a church on Rue St Honore which was very nice to walk along. Jardin des Tuileries Jardin des Tuileries Jardin des Tuileries Place Vendôme was the first big attraction that I wasn't impressed with... it was also one of the only places I can think of devoid of any plant life, so that might be the connection. I think I should get more plants in my life back in Philly. A swarm of pigeons in the middle of the grass at the Jardin du Palais Royal. I think the pigeons are more numerous here and also look healthier and coo a heck of a lot more too. That's relative to Philly, but perhaps it's more comparable to New York or other larger cities.

Quiet Day

Fondation des Etats-Unis, Maison des Provinces de France, and Maison du Cambodge. A few examples of the many buildings of Cité U. each representing a different country or region. The campus is really spacious with trees everywhere.

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Surprise Day Off

I showed up at la Pitié-Salpêtrière Monday morning, but when I found the SAMU unit my supervisor was not there! I went to finally buy an international SIM-card and then wandered around the surrounding area.

43611316-salpetriere Arènes de Lutèce, a Roman arena from the 1st century Be the bear? 43612000-burgers Given the name of my blog (dianasaur) I thought I should include this sculpture in it. 43612002-for_dorko Jardin de Plantes and a a Museum of natual history Jardin de Plantes and a a Museum of natual history Jardin de Plantes and a a Museum of natual history Mosquée de Paris Mosquée de Paris Place d'Italie A red panda at Ménagerie, France's oldest public zoo. Sainte-Anne, a nice church on my bus route.

First Week with SAMU

My first week was pretty exciting. The very first case was a elderly women who was out celebrating her birthday and choked on a piece of meat. We were able to remove the obstruction and stabailize her for transport, but she had been out for too long and died before the end of the week. We also had several interventions for assesing chest pain or dyspnea, an ectopic pregnancy, a man vomiting blood, throat cancer, and epilepsy. We pronouced one death - a very old Alzheimer's patient who collapsed to the ground in cardiac arrest. Upon arrival the doctor called his daughter who agreed to let him go peacefully instead of attempting resuscitation. I had to wonder whether we would do that or not in the US without a standing DNR... I'll be finding out more about American practices soon enough!

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