Doors

I grew up mostly in Perth, Western Australia.  It’s a small city and quite modern.  There aren’t many old buildings left anymore.  It was fashionable in the past to tear down the old to make way for the new.  So the architecture there is mostly very modern.

Because of that, I didn’t really notice doors while I was growing up.  Doors were just doors, mostly quite new or modern. There’s nothing special or unusual about doors in Perth.

Of course there were doors all around me every day.  There were front doors, back doors, bedroom doors, toilet doors, classroom doors, library doors, shop doors, shed doors, fridge doors, cupboard doors, garage doors, etc.  I could list a lot more but I think it’s clear that there are many doors in our day to day life.

Do you ever think about doors?

Probably only when you have a problem with them, or have to replace them.  Sometimes a door sticks and you have to pull it hard to open it.  Or maybe you have a door that doesn’t close easily for some reason.

I never used to think about doors at all.

And then back in 2002 I went to Paris.  What an eye opener!

Paris is beautiful!  There are many beautiful buildings, bridges, streets, statues, parks…and doors!

It was the first time that I realised that doors could be beautiful or unusual, or even just strange.

The first photo I ever took of a door was in Paris.  I was quite timid back then and I was afraid that someone would come out of the door and not be happy to find a tourist taking a photo of their door.  So I took the photo and walked away quickly.

The doors were wooden, huge, and old.  Just beautiful!

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My first door photo – Paris doors

Now, looking back, they’re not the most beautiful doors I’ve ever seen, but they made me realise that I should look a little more closely to the doors around me.  They can be worth taking notice of.

I haven’t always had my camera with me when I’ve seen a beautiful door, but I do have a lovely collection of door photos that I’d like to share. I have more, but I’ve chosen my favourites for you.

There’s not much I can say about each door – there’s not much to say about any door really.  So I’ll just tell you what I can about each door, and hopefully you’ll be able to see exactly why it attracted my eye.

Enjoy!

Romania

First here are some doors I came across in Bucharest, Romania. It was such a pleasure walking around the city, especially after being locked down there for two months not being able to discover the beauty of this wonderful city.

When we were finally ‘allowed out’ we took to the streets.

This is one of the most beautiful doors I’ve ever seen. Maybe one of my Romanian friends can let me know what this building is, although I think it’s something to do with fishing and wildlife.

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Isn’t it beautiful?!

Here’s a door which has a little slot next to it for the post. Cute.

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A red door

I’m not a big fan of graffiti, but I like how the graffiti fits in with the design of this door.

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A very interesting design

This photo was more for the effect of the doors in the foreground and background working together. They were in a small auction house/gallery.

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Gallery doors

I really loved this little blue door. There are quite a lot of run down and abandoned buildings in Bucharest, especially near and in the Old Town. This was one that captured my eye.

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A blue door

Sometimes just a plain, simple door can be worthy of a photo – like this one.

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A white door

It was so much fun wandering around Bucharest, not knowing what we’d find. I think this was the door to a kind of utility room, maybe for water supply or something.

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A green door

This is the entrance door of the apartment we stayed in for 3 months. It was a wonderful apartment with big rooms and we were really happy to have such a nice place to be locked down in. This entrance door represents safety and comfort to me.

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The entrance to our apartment in Bucharest

Here’s another entrance door which was just down the road from where we lived. I liked the design of the red metal doors.

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Red doors

And don’t you just love this little purple door?! It’s the door to a small shed in the street where we lived.

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A purple door

As I mentioned earlier, there are a lot of abandoned buildings in the Old Town of Bucharest. It’s really unfortunate because for some reason most abandoned buildings end up like this. I don’t like the graffiti, but I love the door!

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An Old Town door

And one final door from Bucharest. Really well made and classy wooden doors.

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Wooden doors

And here’s a door in the famous Bran Castle, which we visited while we were stuck in Romania. What a great excursion that was!

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A door in the Bran Castle

Russia

Having spent more than 12 years in Moscow, I saw a lot of Russian doors! There are far too many to put here, but here are some I want you to see.

I really love this door for some reason I can’t express. It was not far from the last apartment we lived in so I saw it often.

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A Russian blue door

A door with ‘Just Kiss Me’ written on it just has to belong in this post. Sometimes I do like graffiti!

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Just Kiss Me door

Some old and neglected doors. This in an entrance to an apartment building but I’m not sure it’s still in use.

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Entrance No.1

Sometimes in cold countries snow can cause a problem for doors. Here’s a door that’s got a little snow problem.

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Snow blocking the door

And this was across the road from us. This door was used occasionally by the occupants, but not when the steps were covered in snow.

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Snowy steps

Look at the decoration above this door. I find it sad that they don’t make doorways like this anymore.

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A beautiful doorway

And while this modern door isn’t particularly beautiful, it is functional. It’s a resting place for tired pigeons.

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A pigeon resting on the door

A big red door with an interesting design above it.

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A Russian red door

Here’s a very old door, simple but functional. I found that doors which are the entrances of apartment buildings are so varied in Moscow. There are so many different designs and materials, depending on the time period they were built in.

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A Russian blue door

And here’s a brown one with an inbuilt window.

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A Russian brown door

I have no idea where this door leads, but I’m very curious! I’m not sure that padlock is very strong.

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A Russian white door

These doors are on a building that may have been some kind of factory in the past. I’m not sure if the building is in use now. I love the designs above the doors, but I also love the colour they painted the doors.

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Russian green doors

One thing you may not know about a lot of Russian apartments, at least the old ones, is that each apartment has two doors. I don’t know why, and I don’t know if they were originally built like that or if they added the second door at a later stage. Maybe one of my Russian friends can let us know in the comments.

So here are two photos of our doors to one of our apartments in Moscow.

From the outside, first you unlock and open this one.

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Door No.1

And you’re faced with door number two, which you also have to unlock and open! The outside door opens outwards, and the inside door opens inwards.

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Door No.2

I still think it’s a bit strange, even after all the years I spent there.

Bulgaria

We haven’t been in Bulgaria very long, in comparison to the time we spent in Russia, but I’ve already found a number of doors in Bulgaria that I have been compelled to photograph.

Let’s take a look at some of them.

This door is in the Old Town of Veliko Tarnovo. I don’t know what’s behind it – any ideas?

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What’s behind this door?

Also in the Old Town, some lovely light green doors.

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Bulgarian green doors

These doors are the entrance to some apartments in the main street of Veliko Tarnovo. They do look like they need some tender loving care, but I kind of like them like this.

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Bulgarian white doors

These doors are garage doors in Veliko Tarnovo. I like these because of the little flower design they’ve put on each of the three parts. Can you see the tulips?

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Bulgarian garage doors

And two more

I just have two more photos for you. One is from Riga, Latvia, and the other from Vilnius, Lithuania. They are two very interesting cities as far as architecture and doors are concerned.

I can’t remember exactly what kind of shop this was in Riga, but it was something to do with fish, or underwater things. So you can see that the door slightly resembles a submarine’s door. Although I don’t think a submarine has glass in its door, does it?

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A submarine door

And our very last door is in Vilnius, an abandoned building, but such a beautiful doorway.

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And there you have it. Some of my favourite doors in the world.

Do you also like taking photos of doors? Do you have a favourite door photo? If you send me your door photos I’ll put them in this post! cheryl@borninacar.com

~ Cheryl

Author: Cheryl

I'm an Australian woman who is now living in a village in rural Bulgaria. I lived for 12 years in Moscow, Russian Federation, working as an English language teacher. My current loves are my husband and my vegetable garden.

30 thoughts on “Doors”

  1. Hi Cheryl. I also love beautiful doors! I remember taking photos of doors in Paris, Budapest, and Zagreb. My favorites are the old, wooden, raised panel doors, with the arches at the top. I did save some photos on Pinterest, of my favorite doors. Some remind me of the photos you took. Originally we wanted the raised panel double doors, for our front, and we were going to buy some on My Market, but the owner said we couldn’t purchase them until his new front door arrived. That is why we ended up with the wrought iron doors. I’m happy with them because they have the architectual details that I love. We did pick out raised panel doors for our wood cabinets for the kitchen. The carpenter will start them at the end of the month and they should be ready by the end of March. I’ll Pin some of your photos. Take care. I hope all is going well in your new home. xx

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    1. Hi Christina, yes, it’s Europe where the most beautiful doors are found, in my opinion. They really knew how to make them in the past, and I think that they can still make some very beautiful ones these days too. I love your wrought iron doors, they are perfect for your house. Can’t wait to see your kitchen cabinet doors! How exciting that they’ll be ready soon. All is well here, a bit cold this week but I’m happy and don’t have much to complain about these days. xx

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  2. What a neat collection of doors. We did a walking tour of Newport Rhode Island today and I saw so many neat doors and architecture elements.

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    1. Hi Joanne, I’d love to see some photos of doors from Newport Rhode Island, did you take any? Maybe there’s some online, I’ll have a look. Are they mostly from recent years, or is there some old architecture there as well? Wishing you a lovely weekend. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Cheryl

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  3. I live your door photos. You’ve reminded me of when I was walking the Camino in Spain. I loved looking at all the amazing doors as I walked into a village or town. I remember many doors in Pamplona had metal barriers in front of them so they wouldn’t be damaged by the bulls as they ran through the streets. #weekendcoffeeshare

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    1. Hi Jennifer, I’ve never been to Spain, but I’m sure I’d be thrilled to walk around looking at doors there. It’s interesting that there can be so many different things to think about when installing a door depending on where you live and what exterior threats you have to consider! Fortunately we don’t have running of the bulls here in my Bulgarian village so we have a very standard, and somewhat flimsy, front door. Thanks for reading and commenting, it’s nice to see you here again.

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  4. Cheryl, Such an impressive collection of door photos. The first two are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing them and linking with #WeekendCoffeeShare.

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    1. Hi Natalie, Glad you liked my door photos! That second one in Bucharest I think is my all time favourite – until I can travel again and make new door discoveries! Hope you’re having a lovely weekend.

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  5. These doors are all fabulous Cheryl! I noticed the doors in Paris when we visited too, as they were so big and solid and imposing, very unlike our flimsy doors in Aus. Fascinating look at doors around the place, thanks for the fun travels. #weekendcoffeeshare

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    1. Hi Debbie, yes, imposing is a great word to describe the doors in Paris! I’m very unimpressed with doors in Australia! I also notice that in Australia a lot of doors have a security door as well, so it’s almost impossible to see the actual door. There could be some gems hiding behind the security grills! Nice to see you here again, hope all’s well with you.

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  6. Hi Cheryl, It must be that we can easily ignore most of the rest of a building, but doors – we have to interact with them, so they have to be functional, which can be boring, so why not also make them interesting or useful in terms of making a statement consistent with the use of the building. Church doors should call God to mind with honor and awe for example.

    Our home town is not very old either and I’d have to go digging for any doors as interesting as those in your collection.

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    1. Hi Gary, you’re right, we do tend to ignore most of the rest of a building, although I’m also a big fan of windows (maybe a window photo post one of these days!). I love church doors, I should take more photos of them. I hope you get to visit some older places and have some beautiful door experiences. Thanks for your visit and comment, nice to see you hear. Have a great week!

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    1. Hi Sanch, Glad you liked my door photos! I also love the brightly coloured doors, they really make me happy when I see them. I especially loved the purple door. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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  7. Doors… there are doors; and then, there are DOORS! Of all the doors I’ve passed through, though, there’s none more special than the one on my own home…

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    1. Hi Bear, I’ve lived in many, many different places. I’ve called home countless houses and apartments over the years. I think my favourite home door would have to be the Russian double doors, they were really special and exotic to me! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us.

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  8. I love thinking about the doors I see. Some are definitely to keep people out while others seem to invite people inside!

    I always have plain doors but I recently acquired a can of red paint to paint my front door. I haven’t done it yet. I need to wait for spring because it’s too wet and cold until then! But I will get it done this spring and finally create an interesting front door!

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    1. Hi Corina, I’m usually attracted by doors that look inviting. And the funny thing is, even if there’s a lock on a door, it doesn’t necessarily make me feel that I’m not welcome. I’m curious now about your front door! How wonderful that you’ve decided to paint it red! I might have another look at my own front door and see if I can find a colour that the rest of the house will appreciate. Good luck with your spring painting, be sure to let me know what you think of the result!

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    1. Hi Maria! There are so many different types of doors it’s incredible! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading and commenting on my door post. Have a great week!

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  9. I was fascinated by all the beautiful doors and windows in Europe too Cheryl – especially the Gaudi designed ones in Spain. I noticed a lot of tourists were taking photos of doors in little alleyways that we wandered down – because even little homes had lovely ‘antique’ doors – probably because a lot of the homes were 100+ years older than any in Australia!

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    1. Hi Leanne, yes, Europe is the best place for doors! I haven’t been to Spain, but of course I’ve seen pictures and they have such beautiful architecture there. And little alleyways are great for doors, windows, plants and a lot of other things! Maybe for our great great grandchildren Australian doors will finally be as interesting as the ones we’ve seen in Europe! Have a lovely weekend, Leanne, and I’m wishing for some scooter weather for you! xx

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  10. Hi Cheryl. Welcome to Thursday Doors. You’ve shared a wonderful collection of doors from your travels. I enjoy looking at all kinds of doors, but my favorites are old wooden doors, of which you have several on display. Thanks for sharing these with us today. We’re here (almost) every week. You’re welcome any time.

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    1. Hi Dan, thank you for the warm welcome. I’ll be visiting as often as I can! I also love old wooden doors, and I hope that I’ll be able to share more of my door photos with you in future Thursday Doors posts. Have a lovely weekend.

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  11. What a fascinating collection of doors from places that don’t feature often in Thursday Doors posts. I love the variety you display. Some are proper jewels, such as the first Romanian one or the tulip garage door. I also really like that shot from the gallery. Great that you took part in our challenge and I hope you’ll do so again. Thursdays are door days!

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    1. Hi Manja, wow, thank you for the lovely comments on my doors! So glad that I’ve found people who appreciate my photos and with whom I can share them. I’m looking forward to digging up some more old ones, and taking photos of new ones too, for future Thursdays. See you again soon!

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