REPOST - I know the photos didn't come out when I originally posted this so here it is again!
They are everywhere.You pass by them, you see them, you walk through them…..they hold untold stories behind them, they create privacy, they hide secrets, they’re heavy, they’re beautiful and well, in Paris……they are one of my favourite things.
Front doors, side doors, back doors, courtyard doors, palace doors, secret doors……
The myriad of colours……(a definite blue theme in this post!), the style, the intricate wood work and iron curling.I love the peeling paint and the worn patina.Imagine how many thousands no, millions of hands have pushed them open.
When walking around sometimes all you see are doors and you wonder where everyone is, but then you get a quick glimpse in as a door swings closed and you realise that there is a whole little community of frenchies living behind that one door.
secret door anyone...?...
They lead into courtyards and apartments, offices and studios, secret gardens and years of history……yeah definitely one of my favourite things…..
I went for a wander today to find my nearest library and I stumbled across a very interesting street.It’s very common here in Paris (and possibly elsewhere) that specific industries/markets hang out together.
For example, Saint Germain des Pres is well known for all its galleries.It’s not far from Les Beaux Arts (an art school) and there is a particular street that is just gallery after gallery after gallery. In Montmarte, if you’re in need of fabric and haberdashery, you go to Marche St Pierre, they have it ALL.
So I’m dawdling along and I realise that I keep seeing the same thing!
Attention all avid stamp collectors - Buying or Selling, Rue Drouot is the place to go.
Shop after shop, displaying, buying and selling, gorgeous vintage stamps – I counted at least 7!If you’re after a specific time period or style, you can buy individually or you can buy in bundles or you can even buy whole albums of a set grouping.Fantastic!
This one was my favourite, all the stamps displayed like Real Estate, description, photo, price.....
What I love is that some are still on the envelope and they have the most beautiful penmanship!
I’m a bit of a stationery fiend and now I’m feeling rather inspired to write letters…..now who to write to……