Posted on April 27, 2020
Posted on May 11, 2018
The town of Thiers, in the Auvergne region, is known as the cutlery centre of France. It’s not surprising, therefore, that there are quite a few window displays like this one:
Posted on October 4, 2017
Not a hundred per cent on brief for Frank’s challenge this week, but it’s worth seeing this unusual (I could say striking, but I don’t think it does) water-clock – or clock with water feature at any rate – to be found in the centre of the town of Thiers, in the Auvergne region of central France.
At least you know exactly what hour it was.
Posted on June 20, 2017
For Frank’s theme of ‘Music’ this week, here is a detail of the mightily impressive pipe-organ in the main church of the French city of Thiers:
…and for perspective, here’s the whole thing:
Posted on January 26, 2017
I know we’ve already had three helpings of doors from Thiers but that particular seam hasn’t been fully worked out just yet, so here are a few second round draft picks.
And I didn’t even follow this road down the hill…
Thursday Doors 26 January 2017
Posted on January 7, 2017
M Guillaumont, the lawyer of Thiers (a large town in the Auvergne region of France), certainly wanted to make sure that his clients knew exactly where to find his chambers:
“in the small courtyard, on the first floor up the spiral staircase”
Posted on September 12, 2016
In the centre of the town of Thiers, in the Auvergne region of France, the perspective of this image of the upper story of a medieval house provides plenty of edges – appropriately enough, as Thiers is famously the centre of French knife (and, more broadly, cutlery) production.
Posted on September 8, 2016
This, I promise, is the final instalment of the myriad interesting doors of Thiers, this time featuring the even numbers. The first is notable for its very elaborate stone surround:
I’ve put these next two side by side as they are like mirror images:
And these two because of their similar shapes. Note the ironwork above the door on the left:
Finally, judging by the debris in front of this door, something of a renovation project is going on behind it.
Next week we’re off somewhere closer to home that, on a recent visit, proved to be just as fascinating in the door department.
Thursday Doors 8 September 2016
Posted on September 1, 2016
The second instalment of the doors of Thiers features those with odd numbers.
The narrow streets of the medieval centre are quite steep in parts, as you can see here:
…and here (not so old, but just as tatty):
Over time, street level has risen, leaving some doors with what could be desxribed as restricted access:
I couldn’t not include this door with the adjacent mural:
And on a hot day, this seemed like a good idea:
Thursday Doors 1 September 2016
Posted on August 25, 2016
Thiers is a major town in the Auvergne region of France. It has a well-preserved medieval centre and is widely known as the nation’s knife capital. I mean that in a good way: it is the centre of the knife (and, more broadly, the cutlery) industry. Just like it says here:
As I discovered on a recent visit, it is also quite possibly the French motherlode for interesting doors, both ancient and modern. In fact, I spotted so many irresistible portals that I’ve had to split them into three posts for sharing here; so, odd numbers, even numbers and, this week, neither. Doors without number indeed.
I particularly like the pastel tones and composition of this one (plus it’s an unusual doorway):
Just for a change, a pair of cellar doors; haven’t seen any of these for quite a few years:
There’s even a door where another door used to be:
Thursday Doors 25 August 2016