Thursday Doors: Nantes Cathedral

For the final instalment of doors from the French city of Nantes, we are looking at the magnificent cathedral, which has recently undergone extensive – and, I think, very sympathetic – renovation.

The first thing you notice about the external doors is how tall and narrow they are:

As I was snapping away, somebody had the temerity to walk into shot by coming out through one of the doors. At least it gives some perspective on how tall they actually are:

From the inside,they’re even more interesting:

…and any door within a door is worthy of a closer look:

Rather arrestingly, this door is halfway up a wall:

Door-shaped holes rather than actual doors on the Confessional:

Thursday Doors 25 May 2017

W is for Wrought Iron

This wrought iron balcony dates from about 1740 and is now on display in the Chateau des Ducs museum in Nantes. The pattern is complex enough on its own but the shadows add a further dimension.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: W or X

Thursday Doors: More From Nantes

This is the third instalment of doors from the French city of Nantes (and there will be more…), but this time without a specific theme.

According to TripAdvisor, the top attraction in Nantes is the Botanical Gardens. This is the rather grand greenhouse:

Less exotically, a couple of doors from the immediate environs of the Chateu des Ducs, which was featured last week.

I like the contrast of black door and red shutters in this example:

Speaking of black(ish) doors…

I was drawn by the unusual ‘font’ of the number on this door:

And finally a well-worn old wooden door:

Next week, some rather grander doors (again) – this time from the cathedral.

Thursday Doors 18 May 2017

Tuesdays of Texture: Sea Chest

Lots of textures in this detail of the ornate iron lock of a wooden sea chest, found in the Chateau des Ducs Museum in the French city of Nantes.

Tuesdays of Texture 16 May 2017

Thursday Doors: Nantes – Chateau des Ducs

Still in Nantes, this week we feature some of the doors to be found in the Chateau des Ducs, a moated castle in the centre of the city. Although originally medieval, the Chateau was extensively rebuilt in the early nineteenth century after much of it was destroyed in an explosion. Nowadays, it functions as a museum.

It’s still surrounded by a moat, however, and to access this particular door you will need to have the drawbridge down.

There’s no doubt that some of the original character of the Chateau was lost in the rebuilding process, but the doors are still worth a look:


This door is actually a display item inside the museum. The sign dates it to around 1740.

Thursday Doors 11 May 2017

S is for Shutters

These shutters cover a window in one of the turrets of the Chateau des Ducs, in the French city of Nantes. Also includes S for stonework and seats.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: S or T

Thursday Doors: Nantes – rue Henri IV

We recently spent a few days in the city of Nantes, in the north-western part of France. While Madame took part in some workshops at a quilting expo, I took myself off with my camera in search of doors (among other things). There were plenty to see.

All the doors in this first instalment are on the same street – rue Henri IV, which runs at right angles to the River Loire. In effect, it marks the eastern boundary of the oldest surviving part of the city. All the buildings are constructed on a grand scale, although some are in better condition than others.

Unsurprisingly, since the street runs up from the river, it’s on a slope, which in terms of doors means that some are going to need steps in front of them:

Now then: do you see the small door in the bottom left of the picture above? Well, although  it’s worth a closer look, it isn’t actually a door:

It is, in fact, an art installation, as the accompanying notice explains:

(‘Hétéroclites’ means heterogenous, although it could also be translated as ‘motley’. In art terms, it’s something that is made of different elements, without either unity or harmony. The notice informs that the anonymous artist used various unrelated items and materials – such as the metal pipes that cover wiring etc. on external walls – that are to be found in the street.)

Thursday Doors 4 May 2017