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September 06, 2011




Completely agree on the professionalism, courtesy and speed of attention at the Hotel Dieu ER. On a visit to Paris several years ago I was taken there by ambulance after an allergic food reaction at a Paris restaurant. I don't remember it all as I was so sick but I do recall being taken straight through for immediate treatment. Afterwards when I opened my eyes in recovery, I realised I must have been under careful observation as a nurse immediately asked how I was feeling. They were very thorough and very kind.

Nevertheless, being so sick was a fairly traumatic experience so I didn't go back to the Hotel Dieu until last year when we were walking near Notre Dame and decided to explore the gardens. We were amazed by their beauty and tranquillity - just as your wonderful pictures show.


The garden is absolutely beautiful. It's always amazing to me how you find these little hidden spots. can you post these photos and NOT tell us the story about the Blue Man? What's up with that statue??


Tres belle. Merci!


sorry Evelyn, I couldn't find any info about blue statue


If only US hospitals looked like that!

Jean(ne) P in MN

What a lovely garden hidden in a hospital! So nice for patients to look out over if they can't go out and walk around. Please find out about the blue man.


I didn't know there was a garden there! It's lovely---will be on my list for the next trip (in March, I think!). Thanks!

Meredith Mullins

Great idea. I can't wait to visit. I particularly like your third photo. Great composition

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