doors of europe (a gallery of fourteen images)

Like most first-time visitors to Europe, I was astounded by the architectural artistry of the buildings and monuments I saw in London and Paris. The sheer magnitude, importance, and historical significance – not to mention sweeping beauty – of both cities was almost overwhelming.

How to take it all in? I finally settled on trying to capture as many images as I could without pausing to worry whether or not I could squeeze the entire structure of Notre Dame, for example, into one photograph. This meant focusing on scenery while also hurrying to get the shot (I kept my traveling companions waiting more than once often by lingering in odd places or halting in the middle of a busy crowd to take a picture. My husband generously played middle man between our hosts and me, making sure they paused while I caught up and also keeping me in sight so we didn’t separate into the throngs of tube passengers or street crowds.)

I became fascinated with small details. Doors, doorknobs, windows, postal boxes – all were, in one way or another, just as intriguing as the magnificent monuments that have been photographed millions of times by people more talented than I.

This post is a result of that mindset. I’ve edited it down to fourteen images. There are church doors, cathedral doors, castle doors, fashion-house-on-the-champs-d’elysees doors, restaurant doors, hotel doors, even one deceased Door. Somewhere in here is also an unintended, self-portrait-reflection-in-a-door.

I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed taking them!

door 1

door 2 2door 4door 5 5door 6

door 7

door 8

door 9

door 10

door 11a

door 12a

door 13aEurope Holiday May 31morrison grave

Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

london street scenes (gallery of 8 images)

london street scenes trafalgar square

trafalgar square alive with german rugby players and fans

london street scenes china town

chinatown

london street scenes bear and staff

rush hour at the bear and staff pub

london street scenes pepe bus

have YOU seen pepe?

london street scenes tube

mode of transport: the tube

london street scenes train

lives being lived in every house

london street scenes sisters

sisters

london street scenes dinner

waiting for dinner

southwark cathedral, london

Southwark Cathedral is on the River Thames near London Bridge. The site has been home to a church for over 1,000 years.     One thousand years.     It’s a magnificent structure. You can read about its history here:  http://cathedral.southwark.anglican.org/visit/history-and-architecture.

southwark cathedral tower

Scroll to the bottom of the next photo and notice the royal blue irises against the dark stone of the cathedral.

southwark cathedral window irises

Perfection!

This next shot is a sculpture above one of the entrances. Every detail is a work of art.

southwark cathedral entrance

Finally, one more doorway surrounded by gorgeous gothic architecture.

southwark cathedral london

Thank you for viewing all of the images!