Leslie and Alan got married back home in Costa Rica, and came to Paris for their honeymoon. As they are both training to become medical doctors they asked me if it as possible to have their love shoot at an old or abandoned hospital site. I absolutely love trying something new and off the beaten track so was very excited when I found the gorgeous grounds of the Hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière.
It has some pretty interesting history too – it began life in the 17th century as a gunpowder factory, but then became an asylum (read: prison) for prostitutes or any female labelled ‘hysterical’, and eventually a general dumping ground for criminals, orphans, disabled people, the impoverished, Jews etc. Finally in the 19th century a programme of humanitarian reforms and mental health care began under Doctor Pinel. You can read more about its fascinating history here
Today it’s a teaching hospital with grounds open to the public – so if you want to do something a bit different whilst you are in Paris I highly recommend a visit.