Architecture, streets and alleys of France

So for this post, I am focusing on the streets, architecture and alleys of France.  Some of these photos are actually taken in Monaco, but I am going to put them in France for today 🙂  Warning there are a ton of photos in this post!

 

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Did you spot all the Roman buildings in this post?  The Romans were very busy when they were in France many centuries ago.  And I thought I’d include this little video of us driving through Provence. Click on the link below to watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Udg1MfP6dg0&feature=youtu.be

Lisa

Doors of Italy

Today is all about the doors of Italy.

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I love how so many of these huge doors have smaller doors within them…for the regular sized people.   🙂

 

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Next up, alleyways, streets and architecture.

Lisa

 

Opening the door to France

Hi, I’m back!  Sorry for the long absence but I was travelling in Europe.  Doesn’t that sound posh, I was being terribly spoiled by my hubby for my upcoming birthday.  And I enjoyed every moment.  Travel is so inspiring.  I thought I’d share some photos that I took on my trip of some absolutely stunning doors.  It is one of my passions, finding incredibly amazing doors and doorways.

So here we go to France!

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I realize this first one isn’t exactly a door but is a great archway don’t you think.  I am a sucker for all that age and texture.
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Also please excuse all the parked cars in the photos, it is virtually impossible to get a photo of a doorway in France or Europe without a car or motorcycle parked in front of it.

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I think this one above is my favourite! I love the carvings and those faces in the stonework above the door along with the greenery and ironwork are just spectacular!

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I also realize this one below is not technically a door but it’s such a great entrance I couldn’t resist.  Can you imagine coming home from work everyday to THAT?

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This one above doesn’t quite give you the warm and fuzzy welcoming vibe, does it?  It was in a castle and I believe, meant to scare anyone away from knocking or using a battering ram.

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Stay tuned for the Italian doors!

Adieu!

Lisa

Charleston architecture and some beautiful gardens

Well, Hello, anybody still there! I’m sorry for the extended absence, but spring, well…. that and a bad back has wiped me out recently, so I apologize for my lack of posts.  But I’m back, pun intended 🙂 at it with a long delayed Charleston post.  If you remember, hubby and I visited Charleston last month and I still have a ton of photos to share with you.

One thing that makes Charleston very interesting, is that any building older than 75 years is not allowed to be torn down and therefore they have many historical homes and businesses in the downtown core.  Also, high-rises are not permitted, which means their core retains its charm and small town feel.

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Even partial walls aren’t torn down as shown where it has been incorporated into a newer building.

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And here where it is used in the garden area of a restaurant/bar that we happened upon. I wonder how old those bricks are?

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Some beautiful homes around town.

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The home above shows what is referred to as a Single Home in Charleston.  What looks like the main door from the street actually only leads to a long covered porch (called a piazza).  The piazza looks out onto the side yard and the house is actually very long but only one room deep.  This was a pre-electricity version of air conditioning, so that any breezes flowed through the rooms from the windows to the piazza.

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Rainbow Row for obvious reasons 🙂

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April is the best month to visit Charleston, as told to us by the many guides we had the pleasure of listening to, as from May to September the weather becomes exceedingly hot and humid and doesn’t let up until October.  The flowers were in bloom which was a sight for my sore eyes, after looking at loads of white stuff for the last 5 months. DSC_0036 IMG_0625 IMG_8577 IMG_8601 IMG_8602 IMG_8609

Do you see the black round metal piece above the window here? It’s actually a bolt that holds a giant screw that goes through the entire home to eliminate and/or prevent any earthquake damage.  These bolts are in many, many buildings in Charleston as they are on a fault line.

And did you notice that black is a very popular exterior trim colour?

Lisa

 

 

Boone Hall Plantation

Please excuse my silence here, it’s been a busy few weeks with a family member in hospital. However, I’m posting today on the TBB blog about my recent visit to Boone Hall Plantation in Charleston.  Click on the photo below to read the post.

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And on Friday, I’ll have a new post on Brazenwoman.  Have a great week!

Lisa