Thursday Doors: Epernay

Épernay is, after Reims, the principal town of the Champagne region of France – and well worth a visit. When we went, a couple of years ago, we stayed at a hotel that had been converted from a grand house that had probably once belonged to a wealthy wine merchant. This was the imposing entrance:

Epernay

Thursday Doors 17 March 2016

Thursday Doors: Dubai

Think of Dubai and you probably have images of mile upon mile of glass-plated towers. That’s mostly accurate, it has to be said; however, there is still a small part of the old city that gives an idea of what it must have been like before the oil began to flow. It’s the al-Bastakiya area, just by the Creek, where it’s possible to see restored traditional buildings – and their doors:

al-Bastaki

al-Bastakiya

Not only do I have a photographic record of this piece of history, but Madame – whose talents are boundless – has also made a wall-hanging, which currently adorns our TV room:

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Thursday Doors 11 March 2016

Thursday Doors: Limoges

Our nearest city is Limoges, the capital of the Haute-Vienne département. Not surprisingly, it has a major railway station, the Gâre des Bénédictins. The current structure was built in the late 1920s and, according to Wikipedia, has been named the most beautiful rail station in Europe.

It boasts an impressive clock-tower, a large dome over the main hall and stained-glass windows. These certainly help to lift the necessarily utilitarian features of the building a little out of the ordinary, as in this otherwise unremarkable side-door (the exit to the car-park)

Limoges

Thursday Doors 3 March 2016

Thursday Doors: Montrol-Senard

I suspect I’m not the only one who finds this particular image of a door slightly unsettling. It was taken in Montrol-Sénard, a very pretty village not far from here, which is preserved as a living museum of rural life as it would have been a century ago.

This particular door is at the back of a barn which now houses a collection – which could best be described as ‘eclectic’ – of bric-à-brac and various oddities owned by an obviously somewhat eccentric Dutchman.

I am reliably (translate.google.com) informed that ‘Ooievaar’ means ‘stork’…..No, me neither.

Still, it’s not often you see an illustration of the well-known saying ‘throwing out the baby with the bathwater’.

Montrol

Thursday Doors 25 February 2016

Thursday Doors: Chansigaud

Back closer to home for this week’s Thursday Doors. About a mile up the track from here at Tranquility Base, at the junction with what is somewhat optimistically called ‘the main road’, is a working sheep farm called Chansigaud. The building in this image is now used for storage but it was formerly the family home.

The door at the foot of the external staircase (quite a common feature around here: we used to have one ourselves) is remarkably tatty – and not very draught-proof.

Chansigaud

Thursday Doors 18 February 2016

Thursday Doors: Venice (again)

Back to Venice again for this week’s contribution – although this time an ancient door, much in need of some TLC, on one of the small waterways that lie behind the Grand Canal (and are at least as interesting).

DoorVenice3

Thursday Doors 11 February 2016

Thursday Doors: Abu Dhabi

This is part of the dramatic entrance to the Manarat Al Saadiyat Exhibition Centre in Abu Dhabi.

DoorSaadiyat

Thursday Doors 4 February 2106