Grin and Diana

Our travels around the world

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