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It’s mother-daughter time, so I’m flying my favorite airlines, Southwest, to Philadelphia for a few days.  Enjoy yourselves while I’m gone, because I’ll be enjoying myself.  See you Tuesday.

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Phila-door-phia is a place where you can find doors ranging from très elegant to down-on-their-luck and everything in between.  No matter your taste, you’ll find doors that are tasty.  The theme song for my doors this week  might be the 1966 Spencer Davis Group’s Hit, “Gimme Some Lovin’.”  They definitely lean toward the down-on-their-luck side.

If you want to drop into More-door (where the shadows are), hobbit on over to Norm’s, where every door gets good lovin’.

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Even in a stately part of Philadelphia there’s room for a bit of whimsy. Yet, in keeping with the row houses around it, the details provide just enough counterpoint to even things out.

Our weekly doorman for Thursday Doors is Norman the Doorman, although not the “Norman the Doorman” of my childhood book. Our Norman certainly isn’t a mouse and he lives in Montreal.  But both Normans are cute and personable, so stop by the first for a visit (and links to all the doors) and check out the second at the library (or a summary by clicking the link.)

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Either sniffing the air or feeling we’re not good enough to be there

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Most of Philadelphia’s doors reflect the city’s stately history, a city that was once the temporary capital of the United States and a center for America’s revolutionaries.  Perhaps these doors reflect a bit of that revolutionary spirit as well as the eclectic diversity of the city.

Our revolutionary doorman for Thursday Doors is Norm, way up in Montreal.  Jeudi portes est très amusant, eh?  And hey, it’s almost hockey season again.  That gets my en-door-phins going!

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“Look through any window, yeah. What do you see?” is a line from a song by the Hollies. (Yes, I’m dating myself here, but that’s OK.) Michelle is asking us to show a view through a window for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge, so take a look and see what you see.

Instead of looking out of a window, I looked in through a window in Philadelphia, to find this little man reclining on a rather decadent-looking chaise lounge.

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These doors in an historical area of Philadelphia (but how many areas in Philly aren’t historical?) aren’t just plain doors.  They’ve got that extra something that makes them grate.  🙂  Or grates that make them great?  However you look at it or them, it’s an attractive proposition.

If you have doors worthy of sharing or would just like to see what everyone else has to share, open the door to Norm’s blog, click on the blue link, and walk right into the wonderful world of world-wide doors!  Thanks for being a great doorman, Norm!

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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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