Posts Tagged ‘doors’

This will be my last Thursday Doors entry for a few weeks, as I’ll be leaving for another visit to France on Memorial Day (and yes, I’ll be taking photos.)  So I’m pulling out all the stops, featuring lots of red doors.  Only a few blocks from PAFA, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where our daughter attended school and where she now works, is North Mole Street, a one-block alley of historic row houses.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Philadelphia is not only known for its row houses, but for its alleys, usually one block in length, pedestrian only, filled with “Trinity” houses, supposedly named for their three rooms, one to each floor – as in Father, Son and Holy Ghost. (Click on the link to read more about the alleys.)  These alleys have been mostly renovated and are home to many young, well-to-do residents.

Thursdays Doors is the brain child of our Montreal connection, Norm and his middle-aged mind.  We’re so glad he came up with it!  Thanks, Norm.  You’ve opened doors all over the world through this challenge.

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Not long ago, we took a few days and went to Philadelphia again for a daughter visit.  While heading back to her apartment one afternoon through an area undergoing renovation, I spotted this duo.  They encapsulate the neighborhood perfectly.

To open the door to one of the most enjoyable challenges on the internet, walk/run/drive/crawl/dance/skip/ski (in winter)/cycle/roller skate…however you move, just get over to Norm’s blog and take part or just click on the link to view the entries.

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I’ve lived in basements and I’m not a fan.  I like light too much and being able to look out the windows.  But if you live downstairs, you might as well have a great door.  Some good stonework is always an advantage, too.  Just be careful on those steps when it’s slippery.

Whether upstairs or downstairs, you can always look forward to Thursday Doors, the challenge that opens doors around the world for you.  Our doorkeeper, Norm, can be found at his blog, Norm 2.0.  That’s also where you  can do a Dr. Who and go through the portal and visit doors everywhere, although not via a telephone booth.

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Ethnic doors

Posted: April 27, 2017 in Thursday doors
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Ahhh, Thursday again, time for one of my favorite blogging show-and-tell times: Thursday Doors. Last week, I drove the two-and-a-half hours to Urbana, Illinois to visit one of my best friends. She and her husband have an a-door-able almost-one-year-old, so it was a lot of fun. While her husband was at work, the three of us took to the road for a bit of fun. At a stoplight, I noticed this Native American door in front of us.  🙂  (I read somewhere that quite a few Native Americans prefer being called “Indians”, although with so many Asian Indians in the US, Native American may be less confusing.)

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I noticed that a Mexican restaurant next to our bank has closed. This side door caught my attention but I was obviously in too much of a hurry taking the shot from the car window, to focus properly. Still and all, it’s a cool door, so I’m including it anyway.

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Once you’re tuned into doors, a walk becomes even more interesting.  On my first walk to Old Town, I was on a mostly commercial street, so opportunities for flowers, one of so-called SoCal’s best features, was limited.  But doors there were aplenty.

Far away from SoCal, snowy Montreal is the home of Norm, our a-door-able host.  Be sure to drop by his blog and, if you want to get a better handle on the door challenge, click on the blue link critter to access the other entries for the week.  Anyone’s welcome to join and our motto could be “So many doors, so little time.”

An hysterical historical landmark.

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Door?  What door?  You can’t miss it, but you don’t really notice it.  Just goes to show Philadelphia is more than historic doors!

Norm, our fearless leader, can be spotted periodically (but every Thursday) on his blog. You can also cat-ch other entries to the Thursday Doors challenge by clicking on the linky critter in his Thursday blog entry. It’s paws-atively addictive!

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I’ve featured doors from Villersexel before on Thursday Doors, as well as the chateau that distinguishes this town of under 2,000 residents.  In 1871, the French and the Prussians battled here, during which time the mostly-timber chateau was destroyed by fire.  In the same year, the owner looked for an architect working with more fire-resistant materials, choosing the young Gustave Eiffel (yes, that Eiffel) who was working with iron.  Shall I say that Eiffel developed into a towering talent?  Perhaps not.

At any rate, the chateau is completely furnished in this period. Lafayette reportedly lived in the current Chateau, while Charles De Gaulle and Winston Churchill both stayed there.  However, most of the people live in less exalted homes, yet homes with interesting doors.  These three represent three different sorts of doors, something for everyone.

The colorfully elegant…

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