Doors of Paris

Paris.

When I traveled to Paris this past spring, I saw many beautiful sights. I’ve shared a few of the highlights from places we visited while there. We purposely aligned our hotel location in the first arrondissement in order to have the ability to spend the majority of the time walking and also to have easy access to the Paris Metro when our feet wore out.

In doing so, I was able to capture so much more of Paris than just our destination.

In compiling this set of Doors of Paris, I discovered that I actually have enough photos of doors that weren’t part of a specific destination, that in this post I’m only sharing half of those I captured.

For most of these I don’t have the specific address. As always, if it’s a place you recognize feel free to share that in the comments. For some, I have a general idea of where it was located because I know which destinations the photo was sandwiched in between.

I hope you enjoy this stroll along the streets of Paris.

 

#9. I’m pretty sure that the plant covered windowsill was what drew me to this door.

This photo was taken after we left Notre Dame. We were looking for a place for lunch and eventually ended up at a restaurant on Boulevard Saint Germain.

update: while “walking” around Google maps, I’ve discovered this location is 9 rue Frédéric Sauton.

#4. This photo was also taken on the way from Notre Dame to Boulevard Saint Germain.

One of the things that I wish I’d researched more prior to the trip was dining locations. I will tell you that we chose that day’s lunch location based on the fact that the menu was in French AND English. It also had cheeseburgers and some of my teenagers are not that food adventurous. The food was good, the service…not so much. I give all places the benefit of the doubt and will assume the demeanor of the staff was because they were busy. We had an even worse experience with staff at a different dining time. But I digress and most meals were wonderful.

#04. Technically, there could be a number before the 0.

The red signs say “Priere De Ne Pas Stationner. Sortie de Voitures.”

Google translate says this is “Please Do Not Park. Output of Cars.”

The door knockers/handles are what drew me to this door.

This door photo was taken on the way back to the hotel on the night that the hubby and I walked to Ladurée on the Champs Élysées. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you know that we made our way there on the night after the police officer had been shot on the Champs Élysées. .

Our hotel was located on rue du Chevalier de Saint-George. We had traveled by Place de la Concorde numerous times, so we decided to take rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré before crossing to the Champs Élysées. If you love high fashion, this is the street to walk along. We passed Prada, Givenchy, Hermes, Chanel, and Burberry…just to name a few. I did see a woman get out of the back of a car with dark sunglasses (it was sunset) and wondered if she might be someone famous coming to do some shopping.  Our timing there was very close to the election and there were some walking detours (I think due to the proximity to Embassies) on our return back to the hotel.

Along one of the detoured paths was the “Gold-Handed Door”

update: this door is located at 104 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Apparently, we passed it after the detour.

I Bis. Last, but not least…this red beauty. I’ve taken a photo right before this door describing the history of Paris and Les Grands Boulevards. This was the day that we walked to some shops on rue d’Hauteville in the 10th arrondissement. This was taken before we got to those shops and after I took a photo at 17 Boulevard des Italiens in the 2nd arrondissement.

update: This door is located beside Le Cardinal at 1 Boulevard des Italiens

Which door was your favorite?

Stay tuned for a future installment of Doors of Paris. If you need an immediate door fix, head over to the Norm’s blog, the host of Thursday Doors, where you’ll find many more by clicking the blue frog.

If you’d like to see more from my time in Paris, be sure to check out this post and this post on the Palace of Versailles. I’ve also shared some Paris photos in this post, which makes me realize how little I’ve shared of my amazing time in Paris.

I often share photos and tales from my explorations and journeys on Tuesdays. Look for some Paris jaunts to mixed in there!

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Let your light shine!

Amy

25 thoughts on “Doors of Paris

    • Thanks Norm. I really loved that red one as well. I hope you make it to Paris some day. I did a “walk” around Google maps for the next batch and stumbled upon the locations of some of these. I’ve updated the post with that info. 🙂

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  1. I love the mystery hinted at behind beautiful doors, my favourite one is definitely the red one and my eye would be drawn to the fairy-tale window as well! When we travelled and lived in Mexico, i was forever taking pictures of doors…

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    • Thanks Joey. That red door was quite impressive. I still can’t tell where it leads. I suspect a set of housing. It seems like there was another sign describing the fact that there is a piping system coming out of the grating beside, but I don’t seem to see it in my photos anywhere.

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  2. I love the two top doors. I love the little rues, and boulevards à Paris. I made a scrape book of the rues and boulevards when I returned from my first trip many, many years ago.

    I found only a few of the wait staff rude or abrupt. Only one woman snubbed me completely in all the trips I’ve taken there. I put that down to personality conflicts and prejudice. Most were wonderful and fun to talk to even in my horrible French. I don’t harbor any ill will toward the whole country, people or judge them all based on those few. I don’t think most other visitors do either. 🙂

    I’m longing to get back to France. I’d love to stay 3 months and soak up the language, visit its outstanding museums, gardens, cathedrals,palaces, beaches, and vineyards. The longest I’ve been able to stay to date is 11 days. It wasn’t long enough!

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    • There is so much character to be found meandering the streets of Paris.

      We did not eat out often due to trying to find something palatable for everyone. There wasn’t outright rudeness, just more of a disinterest in service. The second time we had gotten off at the wrong Metro stop, but needed food and bathrooms. It wasn’t until we left that we realized that we were around the corner from the Louvre. My preference was for more out of the way places. We adored the little place beside our hotel. Overall, we had a wonderful experience, even if it was much too short.

      I have a dream of eventually visiting some places long enough to soak up the culture. Perhaps I should start learning some languages now! I can speak snippets of Spanish, but nothing else!

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  3. Great red door! Like this kind of red with a fuchsia cast more than tomato red! Also, I like it because it’s repeated in the other screen door:) The door knob is cute! What was your most favorite place in Paris? Mine was Musee de Picasso. I liked the intimacy of a smaller museum, and also the romantic street it was on.

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    • The red door definitely caught my eye.

      It’s so hard to pick my favorite place. We were there such a short time and tried to fit so much in, but mostly everything was seen from the outside. I did love walking through the Shakespeare and Company bookstore. It was the end of a long day and yet it was one place that I really wanted to see. Everyone waited outside to rest their feet, while I strolled throughout the store and tried to soak up any magic left behind from writers who had spent time there. 🙂 I also loved the magical feel of strolling along the Seine and looking through the Bouquinistes stalls and imagining all the people who have strolled along here in the past.

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  4. I’ll go with the red door, too, but the flowers on the windowsill and the door knocker are tied with it for most interesting and beautiful. 🙂 I’m trying to learn a bit of French for the next time I visit my b-i-l and s-i-l and find it a most illogical language. The combination of not pronouncing 1/3 of the letters in a word and having more than one “the” (in common with German and which means you have to changes endings, etc.) make it more than a bit frustrating.

    janet

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