metal trivalleI realized I have three folders of door photos, and they are getting out of hand. Let’s meander through one folder, which ranges from Carcassonne to Montolieu to Caunes-Minervois to Cépie, which are all quaint little villages around Carcassonne.

The top photo is technically a gate. But so gorgeous! look at how the scrolls in the stone match the scrolls in the ironwork. And the bits of “lace” hanging from the gutter.green trivalleThis one might be a gate to an inner courtyard or just a garage door. Who knows! Good luck driving up over that curb.IMG_4732A hidden courtyard elsewhere in town that I spied before the huge doors closed automatically. I love how old French buildings keep so many secrets.P1080833Perfectly imperfect.la citeAnother gate. But the colors!red trivallecepie 1856P1070824 2Why do the women’s faces on doors and buildings usually look unhappy? The men usually look stern or fierce, but the women look like their patience is being tried.P1080849Note the fish knocker. And the date: 1746.gateP1080842P1080824I wonder whether the shutters and door started out the same shade and the shutters faded more because of more exposure to the sun, or whether the homeowners intentionally chose different shades.montolieu blueThe little pot! Notice how almost no threshhold is straight.P1080845montolieu grayP1070875P1080534P1080843This door doesn’t even come up to my shoulder, and I’m short. For a while, it led to an underground bar, called “Le Trou Dans le Mur”–the Hole in the Wall. It was gorgeous, with a high vaulted ceiling and stone walls and a deep well that they had artfully lit. It was no easy feat to crawl through the hole and then descend the steep stairs. Too bad it closed.P1080820Arches+ivy+old stones = French charm.

Which is your favorite?

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40 thoughts on “French Doors

  1. Love your photos!

    I’ve got lots of photos of doors, too. Some people don’t get it, but I think for me it’s just another example of the difference between the doors in the US and France. The doors here speak history – especially when there is a date on the building above the door.

    I think my favorite is the one with the profile of the knight in armor, but I like them all. I’d also like to think the difference in the two greens was a decision by the mairie at different times. In some villages in France they call the shots as far as what colors you use on your house.

    You can post more anytime!

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    1. I certainly do know about the mairie (or Bâtiments de France) picking out paint colors. They made us change to gray shutters from ecru (even on the inside), which led to changing the apartments’ entire color palette.

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  2. Oh, my favorite is the wooden one with the key, but the last one is also adorable. Thank you for spoiling us with beautiful details. Which brings me to a question that has been in my mind for a long time. Why houses like these aren’t built anymore? We marvel at these houses standing the time and elements for hundreds of years with all the details and quirkiness and I just can’t help myself not to wonder why we don’t build like that anymore. It should be much easier now, with all the machinery, technology, know how, etc than it was hundreds of years ago.
    Last spring I visited the New York Public Library and what a beautiful building that is. The same with The Grand Central Station. The architecture is fantastic and I wish I’d see something like that being built these days, so our great great grandkids will have one day something to marvel at. I very much doubt they’ll get excited by tract houses. Just a thought 😀

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    1. I’ll tell you why: Time. Houses, like clothes, tools and everything else, used to be made to last. Labor was relatively cheap and usually involved friends and family. Now labor is expensive and involves contractors who want to turn a profit, which requires building more houses–not only building them faster but also tearing down to make new ones.

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  3. I love seeing your photos. Each of these doors/gates are beautiful in their own way. So much history and so many stories behind each of these, love, heart ache, deaths, births, celebrations, mysteries, and more. Photographing doors is one my favorite things to do while traveling I love to imagine the stories behind them.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  4. The plain French blue doors with the little pot and nearly no threshold! But they are all charmers, and I can’t get enough! I snapped photos of so many doors in London, I’ll never be able to remember their locations – but they are so enchanting, and oh to be invited inside! We had magnificent 8′ rustic arched double doors in our prior home, and I miss them terribly. South American walnut, and they captured everyone’s imagination. Thanks for the eye candy this morning, friend. xox

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  5. Gorgeous doors – I have several “favourites” in that list!! There are so many good doors in Saint-Chinian and in the Mairie here they have a huge collage of photographs in the main office all across one wall – looks great!

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  6. Now all you need is the cat in the entrance way. My husband made posters of some of our door photos and gave to friends for Christmas. It was a big hit.
    The sun is shinning , it has warmed up, life is good.
    Ali x

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  7. These are fabulous! Doors in other countries are much more interesting than here in the U.S. Perhaps that’s because of the age and rich history of other countries. I also think America’s new construction and our obsession with remodeling may have something to do with it. Regardless, your post is wonderful. I loved every photo.

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