Thursday doors…French unique

Posted: January 28, 2021 in Thursday doors
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While archive diving for this week, I realized I didn’t really get too many door photos during my last (2019) visit to France. But I did find at least a couple that aren’t the usual run-of-the-mill doors. This first one, while not a great photo, is a door to something you probably haven’t seen: a walk-up egg automat. You can see the egg cartons filled with organic eggs and on the left a list of prices, 2-3 Euros, and a description of the eggs. Put in your money and take your eggs. No refrigeration either.

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The unique thing about this door as well as the shutters is that there’s nothing behind any of them, like a movie set on the second and third floors. However in Europe, that would be the first and second floor, the floors above the ground floor.

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The yellow door on the left leads to a property à vendre, for sale. The door on the right? Apparently beer at least is involved. The Licence IV sign you see on the wall on the right is the French permit allowing cafes, brasseries, (French restaurants selling simple food), and restaurants to serve alcohol. The official signs are bolted to the walls of the establishments.

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Ok, we’ve got eggs and alcohol. Maybe an omelet and a glass of wine? I imagine there’s a pâtisserie nearby where we can get dessert. Gotta go! Are you coming?

for Thursday Doors 1.28.21

  1. VO says:

    I’m in!!!!

  2. Sheree says:

    Love the middle one

  3. restlessjo says:

    They’re an interesting selection of doors. Oops, I nearly said eggs! Strange way to sell them 🙂 🙂

  4. Sue says:

    Love the weathered shutters!

  5. happyface313 says:

    🙂 Dear Janet,
    we see these automats here in Vienna, too. Not many of them. You’ll mainly find flowers and chocolates in them. But there is a bakery that sells slices of cakes (just enough for the afternoon-coffee). I only wish I knew WHERE that automat is… 😉
    Stay safe and have a very HAPPY day,
    Claudia xo 🙂

  6. Oh I LOVE automats! The original no-contact delivery system. I’m so sad they’ve largely died out in the US, but maybe this pandemic will see a resurgence? If anything good can come of this, I can hope!

    • I remember ‘way back to the New York City World’s Fair, maybe in the 60’s? There were automats in NYC then. Might be useful in a pandemic if you were sure to clean your hands after opening and closing the doors.

  7. Dan Antion says:

    I like these doors, Janet. I’m a little hungry at the thought of a nice omelette, but buying the eggs certainly is convenient. Of course, the door with the permit, well, I’d have to step inside and look around.

    Happy Thursday!

  8. Love the pics … and can’t me in, too!

  9. But but but – how do you get to the eggs in the automat? The door is padlocked. Maybe it’s some sort of French secret, like knowing whether a random noun is masculine or feminine?

    Anyway, such a nice variety of doors.

    • If it’s a secret as gender in French, the eggs will rot there, at least if I’m at the door. 🙂 That photo is several years old, so I don’t remember exactly how it worked, but I’m sure there was a door you could open when you put your money in, although I admit from the photos it looks impenetrable. 🙂

  10. Oui, j’arrive!! 😀 I’m so looking forward to traveling again! My first flight will be to see my Mom of course, but then…who knows?

    I love the egg store door and method to get your eggs.

    • Once it’s safe to fly again, I plan to fly to SoCal as with Southwest the flights are almost as cheap as driving and you don’t have to endure the most boring drive I can remember ever taking. 🙂 Only bad part is my husband would have to take me to and pick me up from the airport, which he probably wouldn’t be excited about. By the time you Uber both ways, it starts to get a lot more pricey.

  11. This is a fun doors post, Janet. I like your menu. 😉 Cheers.

  12. Junie-Jesh says:

    Your comment about “not taking that many photos” made me smile! That has mostly been my experience when coming back from a trip – what? Why didn’t I take a shot of this and that, and such? The yellow door is interesting! And love the sturdy look of the last one! Jesh

  13. dennyho says:

    A very tasteful post! I’ll take wine with eggs anytime.

  14. Oh my, no refrigeration. An interesting concept to leave the money and take the goods.
    I’m not too sure about that working in a big town. Interesting doors, Janet.
    Izzy 😎

    • This wasn’t a big town. As for the refrigeration, I saw them sitting on the window sill after being delivered waiting for someone to come home. Doesn’t seem to be a problem.

  15. JT Twissel says:

    One of the best meals I’ve ever had was eggs and wine with a very charming Frenchman so enjoy!

  16. Teresa says:

    Yes, you’re correct I haven’t seen an egg vending machine before. That is kinda cool!

  17. marianallen says:

    I’m absolutely coming! Yum!

  18. Amy says:

    Love the second image especially. The colors and texture are beautiful, Janet.

  19. Prior... says:

    oh yes i am tagging along, merci!
    and you have such a gift and using a mere three photos to give us a nice gel for the culture
    and the eggs- if we had that here i know we would be a customer – in the last couple of years my hubs had become very picky about only using high quality eggs 🥚

    • Eggs have to have a stamp that gives information about them, although I don’t remember exactly what all is included, but I imagine date they were laid and so on. When you go to the farmers’ market, the eggs are sometimes just just sitting in a basket and then you buy as many as you like. 🙂

  20. Yup, I wanna come along too! But I’ll leave the eggs for everyone else and just drink the wine! Very cool doors, Janet! 🌞

  21. Hi Janet, it’s been awhile as I haven’t been keeping up with Thursday Doors but I’m getting back to it. I have archives of unprocessed door photos but the trick is to get them processed before you can blog. Good to see you’re still posting doors and hopefully I’ll have the time to catch up with everyone. Sometimes the blogs don’t let me “Like” the post even when I’m logged in on my WordPress account (just like right now). Take care.

    • I’ve had that happen, with not being able to “like” but if I go to the Reader, I can always “like” there. WP does have some issues sometimes. Nice to have you back.

  22. peggyjoan42 says:

    Wow – I like that second picture.

  23. Resa says:

    Definitely interesting doors, Janet!