Doorways to the City of Love

These trip of a lifetime posts are a lot harder to do than I thought because every time I start looking through my photos, I get lost in the adventure once again.  Then I realize how much I love each and every photo because they hold so many memories, and I don’t know how to choose which ones to share with you.  I certainly can’t show you all 6,000! Tonight I started thinking of themes that I could group photos into, and that seems to make it a little bit easier.

Mike and I were fascinated by everything that we saw in Paris, but what really mesmerized us was the architecture.  It quickly became obvious that Canada is just a baby when it comes to architecture, and although we do have many beautiful buildings here, they just don’t compare to what you see as you walk down the old streets of Paris.  We found ourselves snapping a picture of pretty much every building we walked by, sometimes even more than once.  One aspect of the buildings that we were constantly amazed by was the doors and entrance ways.  Not only are they incredibly decorative and beautiful, but they are huge!  Our jaws were constantly dropping in awe as our cameras came up to snap photo after photo, sometimes with one of us in front of the door in order to show the immense size.  Here are a few of my favourites:

Door 1

Door 2

Door 3

Door 4

Door 5

Door 6

Door 7

Door 8


Door 9


Door 10

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23 Responses to Doorways to the City of Love

  1. dorannrule says:

    Gorgeous! I mean Mikey of course. 🙂 No, just kidding – those doors are something to behold. But Mikey does add a bit of glamour don’t you think?

  2. dogear6 says:

    Those were great! I can see why you get lost in the adventure when you work on them.


  3. bulldog says:

    Now I find this post fascinating… you found their architecture different to your own and obviously older… I follow a blog that just blogs on the streets of Paris and some of that which is shown there is older than out country…. when we went to the USA, I could not believe the NYC skyline… the tall buildings with fascinating churches between them, obviously of some age… If I was you I’d keep on posting on the architecture you experienced, there are many like me that find it fascinating and probably the only way I’m ever to experience it is via others posts… I love you door photos…
    6 000 photos… hell there is two years worth of posting daily…

    • Even my hubby, who is not a techy junkie like me, took almost 3000 photos. I couldn’t believe it! Honestly, I had my concerns before we left on this trip about whether or not he would enjoy the architecture and the history. I mean, this was not a sitting on the beach and relaxing type of vacation. This was an on the go all waking hours kind of trip, and some people don’t like that. However, my hubby was as fascinated as I was, and we really found it interesting observing all the architecture and comparing to home. Wait until I get to the photos from Scotland. The type of building materials that they used really makes a difference too. In Edinburgh, the stone that they used in the downtown area turns black with age and exposure, and when I first looked around the city looked dirty to me as a result. However, then you get used to it and realize that it has a beauty all its own :). I’m so glad you enjoyed these photos Bulldog – stay tuned for lots more!

  4. who is that handsome guy in front of some of the doors–I did not know Brad Pitt went to Paris etc with you–the doors are beautiful too

    • OMG LouAnn, I read this while walking from the bank to my car, and I started laughing my head off in the middle of the parking lot :). Then I had to quickly look around to see if anyone noticed. I just your comment to Mike now, and he loved it!!!

  5. WHOA, AMAZING. Absolutely amazing. I want me one of those doors when I get my own house, LOL. They’re so detailed, who couldn’t feel inspired visiting a city like that? It makes me want to grab a pen a write just thinking about it. 🙂

  6. Sayvan says:

    So true …. its next to impossible when trying to decide what to share… so many photos, so much confusion. I usually break them into the destination and then as I am thinking about a post I will just walk through them and see what fits. Often, I just end up telling the whole story over days…or years sheesh… I haven’t even made it through our adventures in the South Pacific and now I am sharing the most recent adventure. Too bad work gets in the way of our hobbies!

    • Damn jobs!! LOL. I guess we just have to be thankful that we have these adventures to share. I never in my life thought that I would be able to visit the places we did, and you may think this is goofy, but there were times (Notre Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, Stonehenge, Loch Ness) where I almost started crying because I was just so overwhelmed that I was actually there. It was definitely a dream come true, and I really hope that we can save up the money to do more travelling because we caught the bug for sure. It will probably take a few years to save up the money, but it will be worth it :).

      • Sayvan says:

        I totally understand when we were in England I felt the same way as I walked into the Tower or at Stonehenge. It looks like I have some catching up to do on your blog! As for the travel just remember Life is short… putting off today what you think will be for tomorrow may never occur. That’s my motto anyway!

      • You are so right – life is too short! I’m just so glad that my hubby enjoyed our trip as much as I did, so it won’t be hard at all to convince him to start planning the second trip. We went in August this year because we wanted to see the Military Tattoo in Edinburgh (which was fabulous!), but our next trip will probably have to be in the off season because summer is Mike’s busy time at work.

      • Oh, and by the way, thanks for understanding the whole emotion thing. I’m sure some people would think I was crazy if I told them :). And, the Tower of London rocks!! One of my favourite places in London hands down.

      • Sayvan says:

        oh yeah we spent almost an entire day there… Talk about history.. did you see the Poppies? What a moving scene….

      • Yes, I thought the poppies were incredible! We were there the day after Prince William and Kate were there adding some poppies to the display. I had been to the Tower a few years ago with my son on a school trip and loved it, but Mike had never been to London, so we saw the Tower as part of a day tour of London. That meant that we were limited on time, but we still saw pretty much everything, including the Crown Jewels. Then when we were in Scotland, we saw the Crown Jewels at Edinburgh Castle as well as the Stone of Destiny which the Kings of Scotland were enthroned on until the English King Edward I took the stone and had it built into his throne. It was eventually returned to Scotland. So many fascinating stories!!

  7. TBM says:

    I know what you mean when you say Canada is a baby. I feel that way about the States now that I’ve been to Europe. The architecture is astounding in Paris and it feels like an old city.

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