Spain was never on my bucket list, but it should have been. I recently spent 10 days there and have at least that many stories to tell. My husband and I love traveling, but my favorite part is coming home and writing about all our adventures.
Midevil yet modern, Spain is a country that percolates with positive energy – think Flamenco dancing and Spanish guitar, yet it’s steeped in ancient and often controversial traditions like bullfighting.
We visited Madrid, Malaga, and the island of Mallorca (Majorca). We ate suckling pig at the oldest restaurant in the world, saw a medieval pharmacy at Valdemossa Monastery, and gaped at the magnificent bridge in Rondo. So much to talk about, but first . . . the doors!
I spotted this Spanish jewel in Madrid. What would it feel like to walk through this door every day? Who lives here and what are they like? Doors make me wonder what goes on behind them.
As for this one, notice the lovely ironwork on the top and the mailbox on the left. This is not actually the door into the house, but into the courtyard which leads to the house.
In addition to this wonderful door, the roughed up surface surrounding it has a look that many people with new homes pay big bucks to achieve. Chip and Joanna Gaines are you seeing this?
Here’s another residential beauty, I’ll call it Blue 22. Similar to the first, with the look of the middle ages, this has a nameplate which I could probably read if I enlarged the picture. Wait, I’ll do just that and now you can see it too. The name is still a little blurry, but the title says Notary Public, so this may be a home or a home office. Hmm . . . while this door is admirable – well-worn and rustic, if this is a business entrance it could use a spit shine.
This door is probably the entrance to a warehouse. It’s feels neglected, and the immediate area is too industrial to serve as a cozy front porch. What I love about this door is the hardware and the weather-beaten sage color. There are also some serious locks in use here, so either something very valuable is stored inside, or this is a high crime area. Maybe I should walk on.
Ahhh, the Library Lady’s favorite place. It’s a little hard to make out, but on the frontispiece, up above the arch is etched the word Bibliotech – or Library. This was a lovely old catacomb of a library, with an inviting door which was very heavy – you have to really want to get into this place. The faded ochre color recalled Francis Mayes description of the Italian Villas in her book, Under the Tuscan Sun.
Part of my goal with this blog is to catalog some of the beautiful libraries of the world, so this picture serves two purposes.
Well, that’s an end for today. For more great doors, see Norm’s Thursday Doors, where door-lovers of the world unite.
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For more about Spain, stay tuned. My next post will focus on the Valdemossa Monastery in the Majorcan countryside.