At the beginning of the summer, I was invited to attend a special training in Paris, France.  This was my first international medical workshop, and I was very excited to learn from world class doctors in their field.  Below is a photo of one of the hands-on training sessions.

After completing the workshop, my family flew in to join me for a nice vacation together in Paris (and London afterwards).  Paris was really busy at this time of year. In addition to all the regular tourists, it was hosting the Women’s Soccer World Cup and the annual Fashion Week.  Here are the highlights of our vacation in the “City of Light!”

I have visited Paris several times in the past, and have always enjoyed my time there.  I particularly enjoy the opportunity to use and practice my French. Although English is my current preferred language, it is actually the third language that I learned!  Cantonese is my mother tongue and French was my second language. As a child, I was enrolled in the French Immersion program and so, at one point in my life, I was actually quite fluent.  Nowadays, I don’t have many opportunities to speak French, but after spending a few days in Paris, it always comes back to me!

One of the best things about traveling is being able to try different foods.  My favourite meal in Paris was at a tiny restaurant called Le Timbre. “Le Timbre” is aptly named because it means “The Stamp,” as in a tiny, postage stamp.  This place seats only about 20 people, but what they lack in size, they make up for in the fresh, local ingredients and amazing flavours. I particularly enjoyed the perfectly roasted pigeon!

The Louvre Museum was another highlight of my time in Paris.  The museum is massive and full of so many treasures. Although I’ve visited several times before, there was still so much to explore.  Of course, no visit to the Louvre is complete without taking a peek at the Mona Lisa. I had to take my kids to see it, as did the thousands of other people that were there that day!

As you can see from the picture, Notre Dame Cathedral still looks magnificent despite the April 2019 fire that destroyed its roof and spire.  Visitors are unable to get too close to the cathedral during the restoration work, however, you can still see the beautiful details in the stone work.  You can’t help but to be awestruck by this iconic building that has been here for almost 700 years!

In health,
Dr. Lee