Dresden, Germany

Happy New Year! I hope you had a great holiday break and are right back at it now.  I have no excuse, except laziness about not blogging, but I’m committed to getting back into it for 2018.

So, I’m going to finish up with my trip to Eastern Europe from the fall for my next few posts and then start back on giving you some lifestyle and design inspiration. I’m planning some rebranding and refocusing this year, so bear with me while things get cleaned and spruced up just in time for Spring.

After leaving Berlin and on our way to Prague, we were up early and stopped for a few hours in Dresden, Germany.  It has, of course, a castle, this one called Dresden Castle, but more amazing to me and most tourists, was this huge mural (done in porcelain tiles) of the Procession of Princes. It was first painted in 1871-1876 and then when it was deteriorating they redid it, in these porcelain tiles (1904-1907).

Dresden mural

Dresden castle

There is also a huge church, Frauenruche (Church of our Lady) and the beautiful Zwinger Palace and Fountain. Parts of the fountain were unfortunately under repair, but we did manage to see this portion and get an idea of how stunning it was.

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All is all, Germany and especially, Berlin enchanted me and I’d definitely return, in a heartbeat.

dresden streetscape

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