Thursday Doors: Mezieres-sur-Issoire (encore)

A couple of weeks ago saw the annual ‘Expo’ of arts and ‘passions’ in our local village. As in previous years, Madame dispalyed some of her quilts, to widespread approbation, while I stuck up a few photographs for people to walk past without noticing.

Once again, I took the opportunity after lunch to go for a wander around parts of the village that are off the beaten track and managed to find a few doors (enough for this week and next, at any rate) that I had somehow missed in previous years.

This first one is actually on the main road, but down at ground level I’d not noticed it before.

The next few doors were along a road that leads out of town into the countryside.

This one is particularly interesting – if you like that kind of thing – as it’s clear from the surrounding stonework that it’s been repurposed at least twice in its history:

Back in the centre of the village is a little lane, Rue du Lavoir (Laundry Street), that few would venture along without a specific purpose – or the need to feed the insatiable Doors monster:

Thursday Doors 8 November 2018

Thursday Doors: Chabanais Revisited

Taking a break from the treasures of Perigueux, I recently revisited the nearby (40 minute drive) town of Chabanais, which was featured here about a year ago. I managed to discover a few more interesting doors.

After last week’s diet of exclusively brown doors, here, by way of a change, are a couple of green ones:

And a white one, with some interesting metalwork:

This one’s back to brown, but also has the redeeming feature of metalwork:

While this one also has a weathered shutter to enjoy:

But here’s my favourite from this week’s selection, spotted through a broken window in a derelict house:

Thursday Doors 1 November 2018

Thursday Doors: Perigueux (3)

Another instalment of the doors of Perigueux for this week. Just in case the colourful ones from the last couple of weeks have raised the blood pressure too much, the common theme of this instalment is that they’re all – brown.

Usually I focus in quite closely on the door itself, but I thought that this gives an idea of the narrow streets in which most of these examples are to be found:

And here’s another example of a doorway having been inserted into a previously existing archway – with room to spare:

More old brown doors:

Not quite so old, but at least as tatty:

Although this is my favourite for this week, with the glass and ironwork, and a faded curtain adding further interest:

Still plenty more to come from Perigueux, but for the next couple of weeks we’ll be revisiting some other haunts for previously unseen doors.

Thursday Doors 25 October 2018

Thursday Doors: Perigueux – Shopfronts

So many doors in Perigueux…enough even to allow an individual theme of shopfronts for this week’s instalment.

Since we finished up last week with a blue door, continuity dictates that we start now with another:

Another clearly marked, if less colourful, example:

This is the shop window of a ‘luthier’ – a maker of violins and other string instruments:

Rather less obviously, this is now a boutique, but one with a pretty impressive entrance:

But I have no idea what these two commercial premises may once have been:

Thursday Doors 18 October 2018

Thursday Doors: Perigueux

We recently spent a couple of days in the town of Perigueux, the main administrative centre of the Dordogne département, which is also blessed with a well-preserved medieval centre – with many doors. Not quite on the scale of Cahors, but enough to provide images for a few weeks of these posts.

So, to get straight into it, here’s one of the very first doors I encountered:

Not a bad start. However, as most old and interesting doors tend, in my experience, to be brown, we could hardly leave these out:

Perhaps a little more prosaic:

However, to finish on a brighter note:

Thursday Doors 11 October 2018

Thursday Doors: Bellac

The pyramid structure of French local government is based, of course, on the commune, while at the apex of each département is what in the US would be the state capital (or, in the UK, the county town). In our case, this ‘capital city’, which is where you find the Prefecture, is Limoges.

However, between the commune and the capital is another layer of administration, as each département is divided into a number of cantons. The principal town of each canton is where you’ll find a sous-prefecture. Our canton is based in the town of Bellac.

There is a very picturesque area in Bellac which, oddly enough, I haven’t yet got around to combing for interesting doors. However, we recently went to the annual vide grenier, which takes place down by the river and, armed only with my smartphone, I spotted a few worthwhile doors, which can act as a taster until I undertake a proper doorscursion.

To begin with, two aspects of the same building:

A little further along this riverside road can be found this door, with matching balcony:

Both of those houses are occupied, but this one certainly isn’t:

This door is adjacent to the old stone bridge that crosses the river:

Finally, there’s this door in what used to be a garden wall:

Thursday Doors 4 October 2018

Thursday Doors: Cahors – The End

And finally my store of doors in the town of Cahors is exhausted.

Another characteristically carved door (with a rather incongruous entryphone):

A typical church door:

A more modern – and more dilapidated – example, formerly a grocery to judge by the faded sign:

Echoing one of last week’s offerings, another door in a repurposed doorway:

The last place we visited in Cahors was the cemetery. It is common for old French cemeteries to feature elaborate family mausolea and here are two prime examples:

Thursday Doors 27 September 2018