I had a single line in my photography notes “Paris, colored doors”. I still don’t remember where I’d gotten the idea or where I’d find them. Once I started looking, though, they were everywhere. The bright colors were a nice counterpoint to the muted colors of stone and plaster of the walls. (Click on each photos to see a larger version.)
This green door was near Le Village Saint-Paul.
I wish I’d taken better notes. I don’t recall where this one was – my best guess is somewhere in the 6th Arrondissement – but I loved the arch and the olive green.
Not really colored but I liked that they were very upfront about it being Number 13. (I’m not sure why the address to the left is Number 13, too.)
These blue ones opened onto a courtyard.
I’m not sure when the caduceus was added since it isn’t associated with the metal working profession but it looks cool despite the graffiti.
Most of the doors and gates had metal fixtures at each corner – perhaps to keep them from opening the wrong way? It could be hazardous strolling down the sidewalk with those heavy doors flying open.
Another Number 13. Maybe the French don’t have the same fear of the number like Americans?
This is my favorite shade of green.
This was taken on the day we walked up the Champs-Élysées so it’s probably somewhere in the 8th Arrondissement. I’m hoping to get some sort of GPS attachment for my camera to make it easier to track down locations when I forget to take notes.
This is the MIJE-Fourcy Hostel, at 6, Rue de Fourcy.
The Society for the History of French Protestantism, 54, Rue des Saint-Peres.
Our very own lovely red door at our apartment, 23, Rue Guénégaud.
This imposing black door,
had an interesting door knocker.
We found other interesting hardware like a lion and two snakes,
And bright decorative brass.
The hardware on this door of Notre Dame,
is supposed to be a sanctuary ring.
Allegedly a person seeking asylum would have to grab hold of this ring in order to receive sanctuary from the Church. I only found vague references to this online but it’s a good story even if it’s not true.