Thursday, November 17, 2011

Doors To A Secret World

I have taken pictures of doors on travels around the world for many years. Doors can hide a secret world or can be a portal of welcome. Ornate or simple, decorative or utilitarian, they often transmit a message about a current event or show the owner’s status. Come along as we visit some of my favorite doors.

While cycling in Tuscany I stopped to take a picture of this ancient door.

This blue door in Villefranche-sur-Mer is colorful and creative.

Tourist flock to visit Beijing's Forbidden City. Chinese Emperors once entered these red-lacquered doors.

A beautiful & bold door on Via Tragara on the island of Capri.

Balinese craftsmen are famous for their decoratively carved doors.

Wonderful carved doors on the Left Bank in Paris.

Dramatic "two post" door in Beijing.

I love the rich, painted patina of this old door in the South of France.

The entrance to Chez Odile in Biot, France.

Marla in front of the 18th century entrance to Casa Culleretes in Barcelona.

Many generations of nobles have decorated the entrance to this building in Arezzo, Italy.

These doors in Villefranche-sur-Mer have wonderful symbolism. What do they say about the owners?

An incredible villa in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat must have an impressive iron door to their garden!

I took this picture of old doors while cycling in the hamlet of Santa Luce in Coastal Tuscany.

Deco inspired metal door in Villefranche-sur-Mer.

I bought this carved door from Java on a Wesco Fabrics’ buying trip to Bali. An architect shipped it to Hawaii for a project. Doors like this are becoming very scarce!

Peeking through a door at Villa Ibah in Ubud, Bali, brings back a rush of wonderful memories!

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