Friday, August 31, 2012

I A Door Paris

Let's just say I have a fetish for old ornate carved doors and I do believe Paris has enough of them to write a whole book on.  Unfortunately I only had  a few hours to wander so I concentrated on the Opera District as I had read what a beautiful area it was.

 The Opera District is encompassed in the 9th arrondissment of Paris.  The word arrondissment translates to a municipal subdivision of a department in France.
 It is an "in between" section of the French capital comprised of the original opera house, the Grands Boulevards of shopping thoroughfares and department stores and many sidewalk cafes. 
 It seemed like everywhere I walked I came across these magnificent double doors surrounded by incredible stonework and iron balconies, and, of course, the beautiful enameled blue house numbers.
 Some of the doors were in the process of being refinished or maybe painted.
 I wish I could spend a month there just to experience the culture and the ambiance and to completely immerse myself in it.
 Paris is a city like no other.  It was my favorite stop followed very closely by London.  It is no mystery to me why people fall in love with these grand cities.
 I do have to say my husband was very put off by the unfriendliness of the French, but having visited there when I was 18, I knew what to expect.  Yes, I found arrogance, but I also found smiling faces willing to help me, or maybe they just found me amusing and wondered why I was snapping photos of the most mundane things.  Mundane to them, but pure eye candy for me.

I am pleased to say that yesterday, I actually started priming three projects to work on.  Maybe by next week I will have some new projects to share.  In the meantime, I will try to share some of my passion for this amazing city for which there is nothing like it.

I'm partying at...


Mondays          Le Chateau des Fleurs       The Graphics Fairy    
                                      Between Naps on the Porch Metamorphosis Monday
Tuesdays          Knick of Time       Tutus and Tea Parties       Coastal Charm  
                                      Boogie Board Cottage    A Stroll Thru Life   
                                     Cozy Little House Tweak it Tuesday
Wednesdays     Savvy Southern Style         Ivy and Elephants
                                     Faded Charm Cottage       Fine Craft Guild      
Thursdays        Embracing Change     The Shabby Creek Cottage    No Minimalist Here 
                                     Between Naps on the Porch Tablescape Thursday    Fishtail Cottage
                                     Rustic Restorations Homespun Happenings
Fridays            French Country Cottage       My Romantic Home        Miss Mustard Seed
                                    At the Picket Fence     Potpourri Friday     Common Ground
                                    The Charm of Home    Decorating Insanity   Rooted in Thyme
Saturdays        Funky Junk Interiors

Sundays           My 1928 Charmer Sunday's Best


11 comments:

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Gorgeous doors, Maggie! I would have been taken with them, too.

Dawna said...

Maggie, thanks for a post on one of my favorite mundane items. I also take pictures of doors when traveling as well as corbels on the exterior of buildings.

Lynda Bergman Decorative Artisan said...

Thank you for sharing such beautiful doors! I understand how happy you were to see and take photos of them.

Pat C. said...

What a cute title!; )

I love your doors! My favorite is #27 for the delicate stonework around the door and the exquisite balcony!

xoxo

NanaDiana said...

Oh I pick your #2 for my favorite. Gorgeous!!!! xo Diana

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Lovely. Just lovely.

Cute post title, too. :@

suzyq said...

Beautiful post of my favorite city in the world - on my first trip I took at least 100 pics of the wrought iron window boxes!!!!
Great photos :)

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Gorgeous doors! London was my favorite!

Carol

sparklegem said...

Those doors are gorgeous! I love old doors as well. They add so much to the architecture of any structure and I think they peak our curiosity for what lies on the other side. Thanks for sharing these!

Kim

Cathy and Paul @One Creative Couple said...

Absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. I'm so jealous you got to see this in person.

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

Drooling here!!!!!!!!!!!
The french like to hear hello and thank you a lot. They also liked to be kissed. I'm just saying....

Dee