On a long list of reasons we each have to love Paris, there is inevitably one that we’re especially passionate about …for me, it is the doors.
The grand, majestic doors that accentuate any block you walk along. Of course, their numbers increase as you move into the residential streets; but even the more humble arrondissements still retain the tall statuesque portals that are original to the buildings, many of them built during the Haussmann transformation of Paris (from 1853-1870).
Some put an emphasis on carvings…from intricate and romantic(below) to cameos and their own detailed overdoors with decorative grill (second image).
I find myself accumulating a photo collection of Parisian doors, fascinated by the fact that no two are alike. It is becoming something of a game, as collecting can do. On this trip to Paris, painted doors seemed to be catching my attention, though they are not as prevalent as their non-painted counterparts. The color choices are often unusual but always in good taste, adding a punctuation to your walk down the street.
And some doors have polished kickplates…
This is the only auburgine color that I have seen in my walks; a bit surprising, but perhaps that is why it is so welcome when you come across it (and my favorite color, too).
Door knockers, not seen as often as in our country, always deserve a second look!
Viva La France!
Compiling this post presented it’s own dilemma — which doors to include, which to save for another post. Stay tuned…