Saverne is a beautiful town at the foot of the Vosges Mountains, guarding the pass connecting Alsace with the rest of France (Col de Saverne). Here are some photos I took during a recent trip when I also crossed the Carnaval de Saverne street festivities.

The Town Hall

Detail of a building on the main street

The view towards the Place de Licorne

Carnaval preparations in the Place of the Unicorn

The Roman Catholic Church of Notre-Dame-de-la-Nativité

The Place de l’Eglise

The Sub-Prefecture of Saverne

The High Court of Saverne

The Rohan Castle

The Post Office

The Railway Station

The Lutheran Church near the Dragons Place



Haguenau is the second most important city in the Bas-Rhin area. Surrounded by forests from all sides and built by the German dukes, it is home for a typical Alsatian community. It is also the epicenter of my professional activity outside the main hospital. Here are some photos.

The Historical Museum

St. George’s Church

The Post Office

The Haguenau Theater

The Alsatian Museum

The Sub-Prefecture

Saint-Nicolas Church

The Police Station & Fisher’s Gate

The Banquet Hall – La Salle des Corporations

The Protestant Church of Haguenau

L’Ancienne Douane – The Old Customs House

The park of St. George’s Church

The Town Hall

Place de la République

Go On Strike!

– This situation is unbearable! This system is falling apart! We need to go on strike!
– No, docteur!
– Why? Something must be done! And we can do it only if we gather together and fight together! A single voice can’t be heard, but a collective voice can’t be overlooked!
Docteur… I am the mother for two kids. I need my salary.
– I understand that you are afraid of consequences and your supervisors, but fear will get you nowhere! Look: I came here because fear and the lack of unity have destroyed my country! Would you like to see your country suffering the same way my own country is suffering right now? Why do you think I came here? Because it was so nice out there or because it was bad and I came here to have a better life?
Docteur… as I was saying to you… I have two kids who depend on my salary…

Maslow was right: the need for security beats idealism… and hunger or the possibility/phantasm of being hungry beats everything else.

For some most of us.

In time, her kids will learn that individualism and sacrificing the common interest for a short-lived security is not a good strategy. But they will also feel the compulsion to do just like their mother did, to follow her model. Will they choose differently?