The Magnificent Doors of Normandy

I have a “thing”…and obsession for doors and gates….can you tell?!!

…..I so love Charleston, South Carolina…to swoon over the incredible ironwork of their doors and gates.

When I traveled to France with the “Fab Five”…

I was so excited while driving through the street of Paris…gazing at the glorious ironwork…

…..I think our host/guide/antiquities extraordinaire, Alain, thought I was crazy snapping away…

……….through the window of the “tour mobile”

………………….taking pictures of the incredible ironwork on the buildings.

Today…I am presenting the magnificent doors that I saw in Normandy…


Some were stained….


Some were extremely grand and ornate…and some were simple, yet elegant…



And others beautifully painted….


If I had a some tools and no fear of being arrested….I would have taken this beauty home!

We here in the States have a love affair with old doors…..

…..your heart would have been skipping many beats over these doors of sheer beauty.


O.K…I need a defibrillator on this one!!


You would think this is a hotel…no, it is the Town Hall.


Doors of wonderful brick buildings….


Doors of the beautiful tudor buildings…


Doors of grand stone buildings…


A door of a magnificent French Farmhouse


And doors to welcome me home!!!

When I see an old magnificent door…one that is hundreds and maybe centuries years old…

…..I cannot help but think of all the people who have walked through those doors.

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  1. Those doors are all magnificent in their own way! You could go around the world and just photograph doorways! 😉

  2. Oh my, I am just drooling. Me and you have a common love because I, too, love doors. Which would explain why I had to drag home my blue, chippy door and had absolutely no clue what I would do with it. LOL There must be some law in France and Europe, too, that your door was be beautiful and ornate. 🙂 Thanks for the “Door Tour.”
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  3. Love the doors. I was in Paris two years ago and fell in love with it. I’m taking my granddaughter there in two years when she graduates from high school. We are both looking forward to that trip. Thanks for sharing with us.

  4. Wow, Shirley! Those are some stunning doors! I really love the red one. What a fun post 🙂

  5. Shirley these are gorgeous pictures!! I love doors, gates and windows for some reason. I am not really sure why but I just love them!

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  6. I am another lover of doors. And gates. You captured some beauties, Shirley.
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  7. I didn’t realize you took all those door shots. I did the same thing in Italy and framed three of them. Wish our doors looked better over here.

  8. Linda miller says

    I, too, love doors and WINDOWS. I bought a signed print when I was in the south of France of steps leading up to a beautiful door, it is hanging in our stairwell. Another thing we have in common!

  9. Wow, they are truly magnificent, every one of them! There is so much character in the architecture there, everything is upgraded to the nines! I bet that was fun, seeing all of that history and beauty. I love your blog. It makes me happy and light.

  10. Every time I travel I come home with so many shots of doors, windows and laundry that I wonder what else I saw. I’m always drawn to the colors.
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  11. WOW, so amazing!!!! Each and every one of them is so stunning!!!!
    Have a great weekend!
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  12. Shirley,
    What beautiful doors. You know I am a door hoarder so I just loved every shot you took of these French doors. So beautiful all of them. The history and beautiful feel they give to each of the entry ways. Gorgeous.
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  13. Shirley, these doors are stunning! I have pinned so many of them. Thanks you for sharing these works of art! I love them all!
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  14. Wow, those are gorgeous! I think I would pass out if I ever make it to France someday! I don’t blame you for snapping pics everywhere…I’m glad you did so you could share with all of us!
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  15. Oh wow! Gorgeous…sigh. I have so enjoyed all your pictures of your trip. These doors are wonderful!
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  16. Wow! How fabulous!!!! I want em all!
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  17. Wow, these doors really are amazing. Gorgeous pictures. Hugs Marty
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  18. Shirley, What a wonderful treat to see those magnificent doors… and colors… and flowers! No matter how grand or humble there is just something about an old door… especially if it is French! GREAT pictures too!
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  19. I wish we had beautiful front doors like these. They are all so magnificent. Thanks so much for sharing them. Did your hubby make the welcome banner for you???? XO
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  20. Oh Shirley they are so beautiful. I wish we had wonderful doors like those here. It sounds like you had an amazing tour. The pictures are great.
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  21. I don’t blame you for photographing those beautiful doors in France. They remind me of the pictures people put on stationary or frame to hang on their wall. That’s part of the beauty of an old city, I guess.
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  22. I would have done the same, Shirley. Gorgeous doors all!
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  23. Oh my, such amazing doors, I love the ones with iron, they’re so special and old world! Thanks for sharing Shirley, I would have done it too! Thanks for your sweet and kind visit. Enjoy your weekend.

  24. Love seeing those beautiful doors Shirley with their iron works and patina! Thanks or the tour, enjoy your weekend 🙂
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  25. What gorgeous doors! They’re all so different and unique!!! I imagine it was wonderful to see them all in person!~~Angela

  26. They’re gorgeous!! I love all the intricate details! Thanks so much so sharing your beautiful photography with us, Shirley!
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  27. Love this post Shirley! Doors and iron-work are my passion too! (I am in the right place for it!) Of course the blue door in Paris was my all time favorite–with MY initials over the door and in the details….do you think they would miss it if suddenly it went missing?

    Hope you had a lovely weekend! xx

  28. I also love to take pictures of doors.. Enjoyed going through your pics…

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