Contributed by @kirsten_al
It is a bit cliche and has been done before – a photograph collection of doors of Paris. Cliche as it is, no city begs for this treatment like the great City of Light – Paris, France.
Wandering the streets of Paris, it is difficult not to notice the treatment France has given its entryways. In this capitol city, the entry way is an art form. Doors can be painted wood in every color of the rainbow or ornate iron. They can have knockers and doorknobs with detail rivaling the pediments over the entry or they can be simple, stained wood. A whole block may have simple, unadorned doorways – yet grouped together the still life in the glow of the sun’s setting light is still intriguing and beautiful. Then, there is the utter take-your-breath-away beauty of the doors and gates at landmarks like Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris or the Royal Château at Versailles.
Even the smallest house in Paris on Quai Voltaire, overlooking the Seine is remarkable for its brilliant blue door and the immense decorative elements that surround the entry. It is as if they decided to cover every square inch of the facade to make up for its overall lack of size. Sounds just like the French … and I don’t mean that in a bad way!
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Kirsten Alana is a photographer and travel writer currently in the Midwest who is planning a late 2010 move to the East or West coast. She always has a quote ready and waiting to share. She’s an avid Jane Austen fan, adventure & experience junkie, Francophile, passionate fan of Mexico, Apple and Canon geek, New Englander by birth and the daughter of an artist. Kirsten also loves to support charities and her current favorite is “Charity:Water”.