Thursday Doors: Encore Cahors (2)

Back to the town of Cahors yet again, for more doors from the medieval quarter, starting this week with a particularly shabby one:

Time to inject a little colour:

And some rather better cared-for examples. This one eases the transition from blues…

…to greens:

But there’s no getting away from the fact that brown is the prevailing colour:

Next week another selection from Cahors, then, by way of diversion, somewhere as yet unseen…

Thursday Doors 19 April 2018

Thursday Doors: Encore Cahors

After our little diversion to Rancon over the past two weeks, it’s time to dip back into the cornucopia of interesting doors from Cahors.

Last time we featured some of the doors from the Cathedral of Saint-Etienne, one of two principal landmarks of the town. The other is the Pont Valentré:

There must be literally hundreds of doors in the narrow streets of the medieval quarter, although they aren’t all original or neglected:

Finally for this week, and just for a change, how about an artfully rusted gate?

Thursday Doors 12 April 2018

Thursday Doors: Rancon revisited (2)

This week a second set of doors from a recent return visit to the village of Rancon.

Every village in France has to have at least one hairdressers (‘Coiffure’). It’s the law, or seems to be, and Rancon is no exception. I’d have to say, though, that the adjacent blue doors and shutters are rather more interesting…

…and continue round the corner:

But what we really want is some properly tatty doors:

This last one’s a bit of a mongrel:

Thursday Doors 5 April 2018

Thursday Doors: Rancon revisited (1)

As promised, we’re taking a short break from the cornucopia of doors from Cahors in order to revisit another place that’s featured on this blog before.

Almost two years ago, I posted some doors from the nearby (30 minutes by car) village of Rancon. Those images were taken during the annual medieval fair, when the place gets quite busy. However, a recent quiet and sunny Sunday morning proved to be much quieter, and the absence of the stalls of the artisan market opened up some vistas that hadn’t been obvious before.

Perhaps most notably is this doorway (or possibly gateway), which stands on its own around the back of the church. I could find nothing that gave any provenance for it, although it must surely once have been part of a grand edifice.

Speaking of the church, which is fortified and dates from the 17th century:

Rather less grand, but just as interesting, is this door at the side of the church…

…which is next to:

Finally, for this week, a couple of private houses, the first just by the mysterious gateway…

…and the second on the main street, which is where we’ll be concentrating next week.

Thursday Doors 29 March 2018

Thursday Doors: Return To Cahors (3)

A third instalment of doors from last month’s trip to Cahors. To start with, three doors featuring progressively more elaborate carving.

The first two are also examples of old doors juxtaposed with more modern ones:

These next two could be described as a ‘before and after’:

And finally a door that isn’t brown:

(There are plenty more doors to come from Cahors, but for the next couple of weeks, just for the sake of variety, I’ll be posting some samples from another more leisurely re-visit to a place that’s featured here before.)

Thursday Doors 22 March 2018

Thursday Doors: Return to Cahors (2)

This week, another selection of images from my recent doorscursion to the town of Cahors. Last week I mentioned that a notable feature was the elaborate carving to be seen on many doors, including this notable example.

Cahors has an impressive cathedral, with the comparatively unusual feature of two domes. It’s arguably more impressive inside than out, but it does have some well maintained doors:

Another feature of the doors of Cahors is that it is quite common to find an ancient door in the middle of a row of more modern frontages, as in the first image and also, more clearly,here:

Finally, another example of the juxtaposition of old and new(er):

Thursday Doors 15 March 2018

Thursday Doors: Return to Cahors

Regular readers – small, select, yet discerning band that you are – may just recall that last October I put up a couple of posts of doors from the southern French town of Cahors. Most of those images were snatched from a little tourist train, driven by a man with a mission to be somewhere else in a hurry. Consequently,  many of the images fell even further short of acceptable standards of sharpness and composition than is usually the case.

However, Madame and I enjoyed our first visit so much that recently we returned for a more leisurely couple of days’ exploration. We’re very glad we did, because it is a delightful place with a sizeable medieval quarter, boasting a considerable number of highly photogenic doors that I missed the first time around. So, in the coming weeks, expect scores more doors from Cahors.

May as well start at  the beginning; this was the first door I photographed on my recent trip. It’s not even in the old quarter, but it does feature some interesting carved detail, which proved to be quite a common feature, I discovered.

…and where there isn’t so much carved detail, ironwork seems to be the acceptable alternative:

Or you can just have plain old, largely unembellished doors:

Over time, it’s inevitable that some doors will have become redundant and been repurposed:

While some more modern examples clearly still function:

Finally, for this week, a somewhat more colourful example. This gateway leads to what was a medieval hospital.

Thursday Doors 8 March 2018