The Hôtel-Hospitel Dieu, Paris

A hotel bed in a hospital of history

The colours of sunset on Notre Dame © A. Harrison

I lay in bed, staring at the flood-lit towers of Notre Dame. The sky-light in my room looked straight onto the cathedral. Founded by Saint Landry in 651 AD, the Hôtel-Hospitel Dieu was the first hospital in Paris and still cares for ill Parisians. The ghosts of some 1300 years of medical history glide along its marble corridors, whispering in…

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