Without really realising it, over time, we have accumulated numerous photographs of doors and doorways from our travels! Who knew that we would become mad about an entrance way!! But we find it fascinating as they tell a story, show history, impact with colour and entice you in … which if you think about it is the whole idea in the first place! But how diverse they can all be …
The lead image was taken in Marrakech which is just an incredible place and it was hard to choose just one doorway from there … this one with its rich mosaics worn and battered, the gigantic wooden doors with many lifetimes of use on show just exuded atmosphere and intrigue – which we think is very beautiful! And then in complete contrast we adore the simplicity and starkness of the narrow turquoise door set in white stone which we found in Mykonos! Would love to know the stories it could tell about who has sat on those colourful stools and what has been said & discussed in front of it – you can just feel that this shaded corner is well used and very much a part of the locals every day!
In Jelsa, on the Croatian island of Hvar, these highly weathered and make shift doors, above & below, we found so endearing. Battered and bruised but functional and quirky – it’s the simplest of things that can make us smile!
Then on the other hand there are doorways that have absolutely evolved over time in a very different way … layers of history, paint and markings showing signs of the time with graffiti and the like … this doorway we came across in one of our very favourite areas of Manhattan, the Meat Packing District!
Colour is always an attraction to us too with blues and especially turquoise at the top of our list! So when we came across this gorgeous weathered wooden door in the backstreets of Sciacca, Sicily, it was exciting as you just can’t recreate that many years of wear and tear!
But sometimes you are attracted to a door not because of it’s beauty but because it causes quite a different reaction – what the hell has happened here ?!? This heavily gauged doorway we found in Naples and it had obviously had a very hard life to say the least! The side streets are incredibly narrow and the Neapolitans aren’t known for their patience when driving so this could explain some of the deep chunks knocked out it! There is many a story etched on that door front, that’s for sure!!
The gentle pace and ambience of beautiful Ortigia, Sicily, is the complete opposite to frenetic Naples! Here we loved the subtle, calming warm tones of the stone buildings and off the beaten track we found untouched facades of old … unloved and neglected yes but atmospheric and beautiful too!
We do love a ‘door with a view’ but it isn’t that easy to achieve or find! But if you head to the Greek islands – in this case the stunning town of Oia, which sits majestically on the island of Santorini – they have got it totally & utterly sussed!! It’s dramatic, exciting, a wonder to behold and something to experience that is for certain!
And the doors with views just got better and better with the amazing entrance to our suite at Aris Caves – an awe inspiring vista over the whole Caldera with the golden hour sunset lighting up the cliffs on the other side of the bay – heavenly!
They don’t always have to be so WOW … the derelict faded yellow doors of Palermo, Sicily, below must have been striking in their day … but even as they are left to go to ruin there is a grandeur and faded beauty about them still!
And then sometimes doors can be ugly or uninspiring as a whole but zooming in on the interesting bits like rust, flaking paint, layers of colour, ancient metal work, bonkers construction – suddenly it all makes for a fascinating read if you look closely enough!
Peeling paint and rust riddled close ups – of which these two, above & below, we found in Brighton UK – just make us happy!
But let’s not forget that the humble doorway has a purpose and in this case it is an important look out! The main church in Taormina, Sicily, has the most beautiful and grand entrance and when there is a wedding it is adorned with wonderfully scented floral displays, red carpets, petals and candles! Obviously everyone congregates around it awaiting for the bride … but on this occasion we looked beyond to spot the side door where the priest was anxiously pacing in and out … a behind the scenes view if you like and was so much fun to watch!
Below the labyrinth that is the medina of Marrakech is so disorientating as it all looks the same with the narrow alleyways and their high red walls which just block out any chance of seeing anything that may indicate where you actually are!! And just to make matters worse there are no names on the streets so the only way we could ever be sure we had found our way back to the wonderful Riad we were staying in was that, thank goodness, they all had amazing individual recognisable doors!!
To end this ‘door tour’ of ours we’ve chosen one of our favourites! This gorgeous door, below, we passed daily in Stari Grad, Croatia! It has it all from colour to texture, character, history, scarring, rust and attitude – just delicious!!
Who knows what type of door we will come across next or what state it will be in ?? All we do know is that it is a joy to discover them, photograph them, wonder about them and most of all – celebrate them!