Doors of Spain and France

A colorful door in the La Salut neighborhood of Barcelona.
A colorful door in the La Salut neighborhood of Barcelona.
I’ve long been obsessed with doors.  It’s silly, I know, but have you ever stopped to really look at the seemingly simple barriers?  Some are extraordinarily stunning.

It all started during my trip to Japan in 2012 when every surface of every structure was decorated with a classic Japanese flair, even the doors.  I found myself taking photos of the doors and loved the pictures when I returned home.

Slowly, a travel trend started.  With each trip I returned with more pictures of doors.  Now I go out of my way to snap a photo of a beautiful or strange door, sometimes crossing the street or backtracking from a cab ride just for a photo of one that catches my eye.

As you can imagine, Spain and France provided unlimited amounts of doors and doorways that I adored.  For my final post on my trip, here are some of my favorite doors of Spain and France.

Barcelona:

A colorful door in the La Salut neighborhood of Barcelona.
A colorful door in the La Salut neighborhood of Barcelona.
A decorative door in the La Ribera neighborhood of Barcelona.
A decorative door in the La Ribera neighborhood of Barcelona.

Madrid & Toledo:

A door in the Royal Palace of Madrid.
A door inside the Royal Palace of Madrid (right before I learned photography was banned in the palace).
One of the many church doors in Toledo.
One of the many church doors in Toledo.

Paris & Champagne:

A stairway leading to a door in the Palace of Versailles, France.
I also love photos of stairs so this door in the Palace of Versailles was a double wammy!
A door with ancient Egyptians in Champagne, France.
Falling under the strange category is this door found in Champagne with ancient Egyptians on it.

I’m not sure what it is I find so intriguing about doors.  Maybe it’s their concept: what is behind them?  Where do they lead?  Who could be beyond them and what possibilities could happen when they open?

That may be a little abstract and perhaps far-fetched, but you can’t deny that some of these doors truly are beautiful.

A wisteria-covered door in Paris, France.
My favorite door photo of all the hundreds I’ve ever taken: this wisteria-covered one in Paris.

Thank you for allowing me to share my trip to Spain and France with you.  For a look back, here are all my Barcelona posts, Madrid posts, Toledo posts, Paris posts and Champagne posts.

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  • Fantastic photos and your way of writing is wonderful.I have just returned to little old New Zealand after 5 weeks away and OMG I have relived the wonders while reading your memories.I too was guilty of stopping every 5 seconds at times,to photograph doors,shuttered windows,cobblestones,flowers in wrought iron containers,old bicycles just casually resting on an old wall some 2,000 years old…….sigh……….Thank you(finds the piggy bank and starts adding any coins lying around!).

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