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A Place of Healing

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A Place of Healing

..for dolls that is.

I came across a report about a unique place in Lisbon, the Hospital for Dolls, the oldest and probably one of few of its kind. Damaged dolls, broken Jesus babies come there to be mended.

>>"First we do a checkup, create a chart and assign a bed number — like you would in an ordinary hospital," Cutileira, the hospital's owner, explains. "Then we try to figure out what the treatment should be. If it's a simple procedure, we'll inform the family right away of the cost. And if it's something more complicated, they may have to leave the patient here overnight for more tests." In the hospital's main operating room, a technician in an orderly's smock performs a double leg transplant. On a shelf nearby, a stuffed dog in a yellow raincoat belts out the tune "Singing in the Rain."

As a frugal alternative to Toys R Us, the Hospital de Bonecas does a swift trade at Christmas. Hospital bills start at around $5, and range into the hundreds for intricate repairs on antique collectors' items.<<

Do you know this place? What a great idea . :-)

Merry Christmas to all.


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Hi Midwestwanderlust!

I JUST heard that, TOO!! So cool to hear a voice from Lisbon this magic season!

A couple of years ago, we were drawn into the little store by the wind-up tin toys displayed in the front window. I had heard before of this doll hospital and once inside there was nothing that sugested that THIS was the same place, except a very little sign. No hoopla whatsoever.

http://www.hospitaldebonecas.com/#history The website, and it looks like a visiter could ask for a tour of the upstairs. We really enjoyed the toy museum in Sintra, too.

Best wishes to all!

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Just put this on the list for February!

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