Thursday doors – 22 September 2022

Doors 195 – Porto doors (Part 9)

I have completely run out of time to write much for this week’s Thursday doors. These are Porto doors in need of a little bit of TLC…

View of Porto, with lots of doors, Porto, June 2022
View of Porto, with lots of doors, Porto, June 2022
Chained and repaired door, Porto, June 2022
Chained and repaired door, Porto, June 2022
Repaired door and cat entrance?, Porto, June 2022
Repaired door and cat entrance?, Porto, June 2022
Old green door no longer in use, Porto, June 2022
Old green door no longer in use, Porto, June 2022
Oh dear door, Porto, June 2022
Oh dear door, Porto, June 2022
The kind of door that Thursday doors was made for, Porto, June 2022
The kind of door that Thursday doors was made for, Porto, June 2022

That brings this week’s contribution to a close. Have a great week ahead.

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 – 15 September 2022

Doors 194 – Porto doors (Part 8)

No surprises this week as I continue to share more lovely doors from Porto, Portugal. There is a little bit of a theme this week along the lines of pairs or trios of doors. I very much hope you enjoy them.

Three green doors, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Three green doors, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Three red doors, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Three red doors, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Two fancy doors, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Two fancy doors, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Two beautifully colourful doors, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Two beautifully colourful doors, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
One red and two green doors, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
One red and two green doors, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
A pair of doors, Foz do Douro, Portugal, June 2022
A pair of doors, Foz do Douro, Portugal, June 2022
Two red balcony doors, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Two red balcony doors, Porto, Portugal, June 2022

There is little doubt that I will look back on my trip to Porto, with my daughter in June 2022 as one of the highlights of the year, and I might even go as far to say of the decade. It is a visually rich city and culturally fascinating, divided up into distinct areas for shopping, port manufacture, residential, administrative etc.

I still have a few remaining doors to share from this trip… I do hope you don’t get too bored.

I hope you have a fabulous week ahead, and if you are in the UK, enjoy the extra Bank Holiday on Monday, taking time to reflect.

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 – 8 September 2002

Doors 193 – Porto doors (Part 7)

You might have noticed (or might not) that I have taken a bit of a Thursday Doors breather, and haven’t posted for a little over a month. This situation is mostly down to work pressures and holidays, two extremes of the spectrum of available time. Anyhow, I am picking up again now with a continuation of doors from Porto, with this random selection of fabulous doors from a fabulous city. I hope you enjoy them:

Tall fancy green door, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Tall fancy green door, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Black door with tiled surround, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Black door with tiled surround, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Fine old door, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Fine old door, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Seen-better-days-doors, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Seen-better-days-doors, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Street doors, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Street doors, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Iron and glass doors on the Monument Church of St Francis, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Iron and glass doors on the Monument Church of St Francis, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Berlengas doors (closed), Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Berlengas doors (closed), Porto, Portugal, June 2022

That is about as much as I can muster for this week, and I hope to share more of these Porto doors next week (time permitting, of course). 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 – 4 August 2022

Doors 192 – Porto doors (Part 6)

My life is no less busy this week and I am covering for two of my colleagues (in a team of four) who are on their holidays, so I’m afraid this will probably be a bit rushed, before I start a long day at work.

Porto is a gift that just keeps on giving. There is so much to see and do and marvel at, not least the churches of the city. Although the idea of tiling the façade of buildings was imported from Seville, it is definitely one of the USPs of Porto, and this can be evidenced through the stunning tile decorations in blue and white on many of the churches.

So this week we have a small selection of doors from Porto churches, but if I am honest it is the tiles that are the star of the show. I hope you enjoy them.

Church, doors and tiles, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Church, doors and tiles, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Church, doors and tiles, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Church, doors and tiles, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Church, doors and tiles, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Church, doors and tiles, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Church, doors and tiles, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Church, doors and tiles, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Church, doors and tiles, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Church, doors and tiles, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Church, doors and tiles, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Church, doors and tiles, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Church, doors and tiles, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Church, doors and tiles, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Church, doors and tiles, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Church, doors and tiles, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Church, doors and tiles, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Church, doors and tiles, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Church tiles, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Church tiles, Porto, Portugal, June 2022

These churches are just another reason to visit this wonderful, vibrant city. That’s it for another week. I might be taking a bit of a break from Thursday doors over the next two or three weeks, but will have plenty more to share with you after that. May I wish you a happy weekend ahead.

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 – 28 July 2022

Doors 191 – Porto doors (part 5)

I’m back on the trail of Porto doors this morning, with another selection of doors from a mini-break I shared with my daughter at the beginning of June. Already the holiday feels like a distant memory, so revisiting it with these door posts keeps it fresh in the mind. This week is a fairly random selection from the coastal district of FOZ do Douro. Enjoy:

Lighthouse with red door, Foz do Douro, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Lighthouse with red door, Foz do Douro, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Weathered door, Foz do Douro, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Weathered door, Foz do Douro, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Beautifully designed gate door, Foz do Douro, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Beautifully designed gate door, Foz do Douro, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
What lies behind the door of fear? Foz do Douro, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
What lies behind the door of fear? Foz do Douro, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Green door, Foz do Douro, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Green door, Foz do Douro, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Tall green door, Foz do Douro, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Tall green door, Foz do Douro, Porto, Portugal, June 2022

That’s your lot for another week, may I wish you a fine weekend ahead.

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 – 21 July 2002

Doors 190 – Street art doors in Bristol

I’m very short of time today, so I will be taking a break from Porto doors and offering you some street art doors in Bristol from my archive. These doors were photographed in December 2021 and I hope you enjoy them:

Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2021
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2021
Tom Miller, Upper York Street, Bristol, December 2021
Tom Miller, Upper York Street, Bristol, December 2021
Full Time Ghoul, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2021
Full Time Ghoul, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2021
Nightwayss, Chill, Soap and Face 1st, The Carriageworks, Bristol, December 2021
Nightwayss, Chill, Soap and Face 1st, The Carriageworks, Bristol, December 2021
Sled One, North Street, Bristol, December 2021, Upfest 21,
Sled One, North Street, Bristol, December 2021, Upfest 21,
Hazard, Mina Road, Bristol, December 2021
Hazard, Mina Road, Bristol, December 2021
Face 1st, Nightwayss, Chill and Soap, The Carriageworks, Bristol, December 2021
Face 1st, Nightwayss, Chill and Soap, The Carriageworks, Bristol, December 2021

So, that’s it for another week – 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 – 14 July 2022

Doors 189 – Porto doors (Part 4)

It is a bit of  a busy day today, so I am having to rush this post a little. Porto is an extraordinary city and has an eclectic mix of old and new architecture and well-preserved and derelict buildings all in close proximity, adding to the visual interest of the place. You never quite know what surprises there are going to be around the corner. This week, I have themed the doors loosely around retail – I hope you enjoy them.

Art nouveau shop front, doorway and door, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Art nouveau shop front, doorway and door, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Neo classical? shop front, doorway and door, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Neo classical? shop front, doorway and door, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Art nouveau shop front, doorway and door, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Art nouveau shop front, doorway and door, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Ornate shop front, doorway and door, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Ornate shop front, doorway and door, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Possibly my favourite door of the trip, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Possibly my favourite door of the trip, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Doors on a shop front that has known better times, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Doors on a shop front that has known better times, Porto, Portugal, June 2022

May I wish you a happy rest of week, and to those of you in the UK, I hope you don’t fry over the 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 – 7 July 2022

Doors 189 – Porto doors (Part 3)

I was inspired by Dan Anton’s post last week in which he showed off doors from fire and rescue service vehicles which provided an opportunity to enjoy both the doors and the vehicles, many of which are so incredibly different to the ones we have here in the UK.

The highlight of my trip to Porto with my daughter at the beginning of June, turned out to be our trips in the old trams, three routes of which continue to run today, Lines 1, 18 and 22. Work on the tram network began in 1872, with lines running throughout the city, but these were reduced to only three in the 1960s and 1970s. The three ‘heritage’ lines run all-day services and Line 1 runs from the city centre waterfront along the river to the seaside district of Foz.

There was something very comforting about riding on these rickety old trams with their wooden double-ended single carriages finished with beautiful fittings. The driver’s consoles with a wooden dashboard and brass handles were a sight to behold. Anyone who is interested in ‘old stuff'”, would have been in heaven – I certainly was. Unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to visit the old tram museum, but it is something to look forward to if ever I return to this beautiful city.

These pictures of the trams, most but not all, with doors – the compartment doors are open, but they are there if you look carefully – should give you a sense of how special they are. I hope you enjoy them, if even only a fraction as much as I did:

Porto Tram carriage and doors, line 1, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Porto Tram carriage and doors, line 1, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Porto tram driver's console, line 1, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Porto tram driver’s console, line 1, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Tram carriage and inner doors, line 1, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Tram carriage and inner doors, line 1, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Tram seat that can be re-set for the return trip, line 1, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Tram seat that can be re-set for the return trip, line 1, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Porto Tram, line 18, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Porto Tram, line 18, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Porto Tram with side doors, line 18, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Porto Tram with side doors, line 18, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Porto Tram with side doors, line 18, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Porto Tram with side doors, line 18, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Porto Tram with side doors, line 1, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Porto Tram with side doors, line 1, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Tram seats that can be arranged as forward or backward facing, line 1, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Tram seats that can be arranged as forward or backward facing, line 1, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Porto Tram carriage with inner doors, line 1, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Porto Tram carriage with inner doors, line 1, Porto, Portugal, June 2022

So on a momentous day when our dreadful Prime Minister at last decides to resign, I will love you and leave you and raise a glass to better fortunes.

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 – 23 June 2022

Doors 187 – Porto doors (Part 1)

A little part of me was rather hoping that Porto (or Oporto in Portuguese), meant door, as Porte in French and Porta in Italian do, however it means ‘harbour’. In a way though, I guess that a harbour is a type of doorway into a city/town, so I will run with the analogy because it works for Thursday doors.

At the very start of June my daughter and I went to Porto in the north of Portugal, for a mini-break, and what an amazing city it is. Over the three full days we walked miles and miles up and down steep hills but without a plan, and we were rewarded with making some incredible discoveries. The other thing about not having a plan is that stopping to take photographs of doors is completely legitimate, and my daughter was most accommodating in this respect.

This is the first of several Porto door posts, which I will be sharing over the coming weeks when time permits. Forgive me if I become a bit of a Porto door bore. I hope you enjoy this first selection:

Small church door, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Small church door, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Fish Fish and door below, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Fish Fish and door below, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Red door on the waterfront, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Red door on the waterfront, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Not a door, but a very beautiful doorway, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Not a door, but a very beautiful doorway, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Red panelled door, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Red panelled door, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Green double door, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Green double door, Porto, Portugal, June 2022

These doors are just a taster of what is to come, and I am very much looking forward to sharing them with you. Have a fabulous weekend wherever you are.

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 – 26 May 2022

Doors – 185 – Westminster doors

Still the pressure of work prohibits as full a post as I should like to write this morning for Thursday doors. The selection I have for you this week is another batch of doors from Westminster, where I have to work about once a month. On my work trips, I take the opportunity to photograph a few doors, to spice up the walk from Westminster station to the office.

I guess I am fortunate that the walk takes me through some extraordinary and historic places, and it is all too easy to take such things for granted. Anyhoo, I hope you enjoy today’s selection:

Westminster door with beautiful fanlight, Westminster, London, May 2022
Westminster door with beautiful fanlight, Westminster, London, May 2022

Westminster Mansions door, Westminster, London, May 2022
Westminster Mansions door, Westminster, London, May 2022

Enormous doorway to Romney House, Westminster, London, May 2022
Enormous doorway to Romney House, Westminster, London, May 2022

Ghost door at Phillimore Chambers, Westminster, London, May 2022
Ghost door at Phillimore Chambers, Westminster, London, May 2022

Beautiful arched nine-panel black door, Westminster, London, May 2022
Beautiful arched nine-panel black door, Westminster, London, May 2022

So that is it for another week. No doors from me next week as I will be on a mini-break with my daughter. Of course, I will take the opportunity to go on a couple of doorscursions!

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