Posts Tagged ‘French doors’

Just outside the village of Raddon-et-Chapendu there’s a brocante shop, usually closed when we’ve gone past. Brocante is French for a secondhand shop, more rudely translated as a junk shop. This one was packed with all sorts of objects, but our focus is on the doors, both outdoors and indoors, so to speak. If you’re tempted to buy, keep in mind the 50-pound weight limit on luggage! Oddly enough, we were greeted by the music of Pink Martini.

Will either of these doors fit your needs? A little TLC might be in order first though, unless shabby chic is your desire.

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It’s Thursday once more. Am I the only one who feels as though the days are flying by? The good news is that I have all the Christmas decorating done, so my husband and I can enjoy it. The tree is in the garage until our younger daughter gets home this weekend and then she and my husband will decorate that.

On Saturday, I went to an open house at á la folie, a French pastry shop in Naperville. I enjoyed tasting their samples and then ordered a Buche de Noel to celebrate our last Christmas here. That got me thinking about France, so I pulled up three more doors from Luxeuil-les-Bains. They’re tasty in their own ways and also completely calorie-free.

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Luxeuil-les-Bains has a plethora of attractions, including les bains, the thermal baths that were enjoyed by Celts and Romans. I can show you two great bakeries, a coffee and tea shop for relaxation, a number of good restaurants (and several not so good), beautiful churches, an batch of sarcophagi, a bountiful farmers market on Saturday morning…and doors.

I’ve photographed quite a few doors over the last visits, so hopefully I’m not repeating myself (at least too much.) These three were almost next door to each other, making it easy for me.

You get some great tiles at no additional charge. Maybe we should have come back at night.

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Sometimes it just takes one and nothing else can match it.  This door from Luxeuil-les-Bains, France was the one for me and, I hope, for you in this edition of Thursday Doors.  It felt very Audrey Hepburn.

Fashions fade, style is eternal.
Yves Saint Laurent

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One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.
Oscar Wilde

After an excellent lunch, it’s always good to take a walk.  Because we’re here during the week, there are slightly less tourists than usual, so let’s be thankful for that.  But you still have to be careful not to suddenly stop when you see just the right door (or a great patisserie.)  You might get rear-ended.

Old churches often have great doors and these first two prove that rule.

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Every recent visit to France so far has included at least one visit to Plombières-les-bains.  Unfortunately, this visit, our favorite restaurant was closed, but we enjoyed walking through the town, looking in shops windows, having a bit of lunch elsewhere.   The church was closed for restoration.  But there were as always plenty of doors.  This first set leads to a restaurant that we’ve never found open, not far from a tea shop we’ve never found open.  Mysteries, mysteries.  The name, by the way, means “Roman square.”  The restaurant is located on the square and the roots of the town are definitely Roman. The look, however, is more Art Deco.

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There’s always something about a red door, especially when accentuated by a red window frame.  And when both are in a stone building, they’re hard to beat.

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Now add a way to stay ahead of your neighbors.  Trés unique!

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Doors tend to come with buildings and some buildings are a bit more prepossessing than others.  Here are three that I came across in Colmar, France.  Whether formally elegant or elegantly informal, all three are attractive. Croissants and a café, anyone?  Afterwards we can visit other doors via Norm’s portal in Montreal.  Happy Thursday!

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There are flowers everywhere in Colmar.  Some of them are even found around doors, the perfect combination.  Right now, with winter hanging on and not much color to be found, it’s especially fun to browse through photos of summer and to remember strolling through the colorful streets of one of Europe’s most attractive cities.  I can also take pleasure in the thought that today is the last day of February and that perhaps spring is just around the corner.

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for Thursday Doors

Every time we drove to Plombieres les Bains,  France, we turned from the scenic back road to the main road at a point where we saw several buildings that had seen better days.  Once a distillery, the stone buildings were still attractive, so finally one day on the way home, we pulled over to explore, starting with this building behind the main structure.

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An empty building can attract the wrong sort of people.  Of course not those in search of doors, but those interested a spot of burglary.  To thwart such nefarious notions, the owner/s attached this notice (enlarged in the second shot) to a very nice set of shutters on the main building.

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