Thursday Doors – 3 March 2022

Doors 175 – Mountain doors, Alpe d’Huez, February 2022 (2)

This is the second and final Thursday doors from a recent skiing trip to the French Alps. Not many doors in this post, but I was there to enjoy the skiing, the views and the company, doors I’m afraid were a bit of an afterthought (Thursday doors heresy?).

Still very busy at work, so this will be mercifully brief. Enjoy.

Graffiti and doors in the mountains, Alpe d'Huez, France, February 2022
Graffiti and doors in the mountains, Alpe d’Huez, France, February 2022

 

Mountain hut door, Alpe d'Huez, France, February 2022
Mountain hut door, Alpe d’Huez, France, February 2022

 

Utilitarian doors, Alpe d'Huez, France, February 2022
Utilitarian doors, Alpe d’Huez, France, February 2022

 

That’s it for this week. My thoughts are with the people of Ukraine, much else feels a little pointless at the moment, but I guess we must carry on.

If you have made it this far, you probably like doors, and you really ought to take a look at the No Facilities blog by Dan Anton who has taken over the hosting of Thursday Doors  from Norm 2.0 blog. Links to more doorscursions can be found in the comments section of Dan Anton’s Thursday Doors post.

by Scooj

 

 

 

 

Thursday doors – 24 February 2022

Doors 174 – Mountain doors, Alpe d’Huez, February 2022

I have been absent from the Thursday doors club so far this year, due to the pressure of work, but am missing it very much and so am squeezing this one in, just to let you know I haven’t completely disappeared off the face of the earth.

My wife and I were lucky enough to join some friends for a skiing holiday in early February, our first holiday abroad for three years, and first together without our children (almost 20 years). The trip had been jeopardised several times over by changes in COVID-19 rules around Europe and the UK, but we made it and had the most fabulous time in Alpe d’Huez, France. Great company, great snow and some of the best skiing I have ever done, despite having a knee injury.

Just one door for you today, but what a door! On one of the long green runs in Auris, heading to the Chalvet lift, we’re these two little green huts popping out of the snow. The huts are curious in themselves and posed loads of questions, mostly around what on earth these huts were for. I still haven’t worked that out yet. A lovely door on a lovely hut in a lovely location.

Green Hut door, Alpe d'Huez, France, February 2022
Green Hut door, Alpe d’Huez, France, February 2022

That just about wraps it up, and I hope I will have time to post more doors soon. I hope you all have a great weekend.

If you have made it this far, you probably like doors, and you really ought to take a look at the No Facilities blog by Dan Anton who has taken over the hosting of Thursday Doors  from Norm 2.0 blog. Links to more doorscursions can be found in the comments section of Dan Anton’s Thursday Doors post.

by Scooj

Thursday doors – 1 August

Doors 79 – Flaine, France doors (3)

Alright… I have had a couple of weeks off from Thursday doors, mainly because I have been pretty busy at work and just ran out of time. I am still pretty busy but have carved out a few moments to give you my third and final set of doors from a skiing trip to Flaine in France back in March of this year.

The ski resort was built in the brutalist style, so if you are expecting ‘chocolate box’ doors then probably best to skip the rest of this post. These doors are ugly, but even ugly doors have some fascination, in the case of most of these it is their functionality.

Enjoy if you can:

Doors on a gondola at the top of Les Grandes Platieres lift, Flaine March 2019
Doors on a gondola at the top of Les Grandes Platieres lift, Flaine March 2019

Lift hut, Flaine March 2019
Lift hut, Flaine March 2019

Door within a door, Grand Platieres, Flaine, March 2019
Door within a door, Grand Platieres, Flaine, March 2019

Dodgy two-person step on lift - self closing doors, Flaine, March 2019
Dodgy two-person step on lift – self closing doors, Flaine, March 2019

Church in the centre of 'brutalist' Flaine, March 2019
Church in the centre of ‘brutalist’ Flaine, March 2019

Doors of the church in the centre of 'brutalist' Flaine, March 2019
Doors of the church in the centre of ‘brutalist’ Flaine, March 2019

Flaine 0153 9-16 Mar 2019
Flaine 0153 9-16 Mar 2019

Post box, Flaine March 2019
Post box, Flaine March 2019

That’s it… collective relief all round. Some rather nicer doors next week, maybe.

Please go take a look at the Norm 2.0 blog – the originator of Thursday Doors where there are links to yet more doors in the comments section at the end.

Have a great end of week and weekend.

Scooj

Thursday doors

Doors 66. Flaine, France, 4 April 2019

No ‘chocolate box’ photographs here I’m afraid.

Flaine is a very high ski resort in the French Alps conceived in 1960 and completed in 1969. The brutalist style of concrete apartment blocks sets up a synergy or contrast with the Alpine landscape, depending on your point of view. An excellent essay on the development of Flaine by Alastair Philip Wiper can be found here and is worth a read if you are interested in architecture.

So my photographs are perhaps not what you’d expect from a skiing trip in the Alps… sorry. There are however doors, you get them everywhere, perhaps just not so quaint.

Enjoy if you can…

Double doors, funicular railway, Flaine, France, March 2019
Double doors, funicular railway, Flaine, France, March 2019

Ordinary door, Flaine, France, March 2019
Ordinary door, Flaine, France, March 2019

Door, Flaine, France, March 2019
Door, Flaine, France, March 2019

Mountain hut - what is it with the petrol? Flaine, March 2019
Mountain hut – what is it with the petrol? Flaine, March 2019

Piste basher door, Flaine, France, March 2019
Piste basher door, Flaine, France, March 2019

Piste basher door, Flaine, France, March 2019
Piste basher door, Flaine, France, March 2019

So there it is. Flaine doors (part one).

Access to more superb doors can be found at the inspired Norm 2.0 blog (check out the comments section for links)

by Scooj