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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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Saint-Valbert is one of the those little towns where you wonder what everyone does for a living and where they go when not at home or at church.  There are no businesses, just the Marie or city hall building, but I did find some photo-worthy doors to bring back in my suitcase (well, since the photos were on my phone, in my purse) to share with all of you.  The sun managed to keep me from getting the best shot of the second door, but much as I tried, I couldn’t get it to move!  Maybe it didn’t speak English. I like that each door has both another door and a little window as well as an arch.doors with arches

Our north-of-the-border door host, Norm, is finally back from his blogging break.  Welcome back, Norm.  I hope you’re rested and refreshed.  Thanks to Dan, Joey, and Manja for keeping the door open while Norm was gone.  You were great ambassa-doors.

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The town of Fougerolles, France lies in a place central to many places we visited during my last trip.  When we drove through, we passed  a walled cemetery that always caught our attention, but we were normally either on the way to or coming back from somewhere else.  Finally at the end of a long day, we stopped and, despite the heat and our tiredness, wandered through a cemetery unlike many in the US.  It was worth the stop, but it did make the cool drinks we had when we got make even better.  🙂  If these shots were in black and white or it was night…well, can anyone say “Dark Shadows?”

I’ll be working most of the day, so I won’t be able to read and comment on posts much until tomorrow…which is our 33rd  anniversary, so I might not be around much either.  We’re planning a bike ride.

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We’re popping back to France today for some doors and colorful shutters, which are like doors for windows or doors to the heart of the house.  I dearly love workable shutters, which are both beautiful and practical.  In France, there are lots of working shutters, useful for keeping the houses cool in the heat of the day.  They also come in a variety of colors, especially in Provence.  These, the first two from Mélisey near where my s-i-l and b-i-l live, the third from Raddon-et-Chapendu, not far away, have beautiful blue shutters that look great, even on cloudy days.

For more doors from around the world, I’d normally suggest you go to Norm’s blog, but he’s enjoying a blogging break, so Dan has taken over.  You can find him here and everyone else here.

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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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We wandered down from the mountains and just as we were ready to turn around, we came upon a sign the caught my attention because its name, Lautenbach, was the same as the maiden name of my s-i-l in Arizona.  After a stop to take a photo of the sign, we ventured into the town, which turned out to be a small jewel.  But this is Thursday Doors, so let’s take a look at a few doors I sighted while near the church (upcoming post).  Arches were in force here, just as they are in the Franche-Comté, and I know many of you love arches.

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