Posted on February 15, 2018
Posted on February 8, 2018
This week, more doors from the other side of the river in Confolens.
Whatever function this building had originally, I believe it is now an office:
Brown seems to be the predominant colour this week:
This old shopfront is my favourite from this week’s selection. Unfortunately, there were cars parked right in front of it, so I couldn’t get a head-on view, but it certainly has bags of character:
This one looks like it was squeezed in as an afterthought:
And finally, something a little more colourful:
Thursday Doors 8 February 2018
Posted on February 1, 2018
After the little detour to Bordeaux over the past few weeks, we’re back at the gift that keeps on giving of old doors in Confolens. The next few posts will all feature doors to be found on the left bank (rive gauche) of the Vienne river, which flows through the town and gave it its old strategic importance.
To get from one side to t’other, you can always drive over the newer bridge, but on a nice day it’s much more pleasant to stroll over the pedestrianised Pont Vieux.
And this is what you’ll find in the way of interesting doors, beginning with a church:
And something that looks like a church but isn’t:
Not all doors are quite so spectacular, of course:
A little more modern is this example, with some interesting ironwork:
Most prosaic of all is this, actually an electricity sub-station:
Thursday Doors 1 February 2018
Posted on January 25, 2018
This week, a final selection of doors from Bordeaux. After a surfeit of blue doors in Week 1, I managed to avoid that colour completely last week, but there’s just too many (both absolutely and proportionately) to abstain for a third week, so here are some more (open) blue doors:
I promise that this is absolutely the last blue door in this selection:
See, here’s a green(ish) one:
And this one is nowhere near blue:
Some might argue, not without justification, that this isn’t even a door. It’s certainly an entrance though: to a car park. There are doors: it’s just that you can’t see them.
Thursday Doors 25 January 2018
Posted on January 18, 2018
More doors from the Quai Louis XVIII in Bordeaux – and this week not a blue one to be seen.
Although green is quite popular too:
This restaurant was a little bit different, but still had the typical arch over the door, nicely echoed in the window:
Rather tattier, but conforming to the general pattern:
But this one is a bit of a mould-breaker:
As is this discreet example:
But here is this week’s favourite:
Thursday Doors 18 January 2018
Posted on January 11, 2018
Although I promised even more doors from Confolens after the Christmas & New Year break, just for a change over the next couple of weeks I’m going to put up some doors I saw in the city of Bordeaux just before the holiday season.
We went on a coach trip to the Christmas Market there and, having a couple of hours before we set off on the return journey, we took a promenade along the Quai Louis XVIII, which runs along the Gironde river and is lined with impressive buildings.
Even if some of the doors don’t quite match the grandeur of their surroundings, that doesn’t make them uninteresting (quite the opposite, I’d say). There is, however, a preponderance of blue, certainly in this selection.
[All these images were captured with my old iPhone, so may not be up to usual standards]
…not so much:
Even the gates are blue:
And so it goes on…
Finally, some flashes of red for contrast:
Thursday Doors 11 January 2018
Posted on December 21, 2017
As this will be the last instalment of Thursday Doors in 2017, with Norm taking a well-earned festive break until 11 January, it seemed like an appropriate time to review some of my personal favourites that have been posted here over the last twelve months.
With the exception of my ‘official’ Door of the Year these are in no particular order of preference and are just placed chronologically. A full ranking of the 300 or so doors that I’ve put up here in 2017 wouldn’t be possible but would be pointless.
This first one – a striking and well-cared for door in the town of Saint Junien – appeared last February. You could hardly miss that mustard-yellow paint.
By way of contrast, in March I started posting doors from the town of Confolens. This was one of the first I came across on my initial excursion and it’s hardly been bettered.
Both Confolens and Saint Junien are about a 30 minute drive from here at Tranquility Base, but this third door, from June, is much closer – a mere ten minutes away in the village of Saint-Martial-sur-Isop. It’s irresistibly bijou
It’s not just France that has interesting doors. This elaborate example, originally posted in July, can be found in Rodney Street, Liverpool:
In September I made another visit to the national monument of Oradour-sur-Glane, where this door can be found in the church:
However, this is my personal choice for Door of the Year 2017. Posted in October it’s to be found in the medieval village of Saint Cirq Lapopie and I’ve never seen anything like it as an example of making the door fit the hole:
Thursday Doors 21 December 2017