Doors of Quebec

rustic doorGreetings all, it’s time for more Thursday Doors. I have to start by telling you it’s not easy being a door aficionado.  When I was taking this picture I heard  a male voice shouting with laughter, saying “- photo la porte!” Which since we were in Quebec, Canada translates into something like, “Look at that crazy woman taking a picture of a door!” I know, I know, but while some may mock, I now have a  picture of this lovely and dignified old door which, by the way, refuses to be diminished by the tacky graffiti in its personal space.

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Quebec was packed with interesting doors. This pretty green specimen is the entryway to two apartments #33 and #35.  It’s a well-tended doorway in an upscale neighborhood and, speaking of green, no doubt the rent here is astronomical. We looked into real estate prices in Quebec and they were pretty steep. From what we were told, the closer you get to the Saint Lawrence river the larger the dollar sign$.

Q red door

This door was the side entrance to a very old church.  The church itself wasn’t much to look at, but it did have this one redeeming feature. Wait, I’ve just noticed there’s no doorknob. That’s odd . . .

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Look, is this an attractive and sophisticated Quebecer entering the front door of her charming home? I so wanted to see the inside of this residence because the street is on an extreme angle. Hopefully, the floor doesn’t follow suit.  Another concern, they get a lot of snow here. While this would be a fun place to go sledding, I can’t imagine trying to get your car up and down it every day.

 

We spent one afternoon touring a fort called the Citadel, in Old town.  This battered door led to  . . . the potty, circa 1850. Battalions of soldiers lived in this underground bunker and believe me it did not look cozy. the bathroom was certainly not a place I’d want to linger.
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And the windows were covered by ill-fitting shutters like this one which wouldn’t do much to keep the cold out. There was a good-sized brick oven/heater in there but Quebec gets really cold in the winter (6 – 14 degrees Fahrenheit in December and January).                        Brrr.

 

q leaves door

Is this the entrance to a secret garden, or just a garage? I’m going with the first guess, especially since it has a door within a door and the secret garden idea is more fun. It looks like this entryway hasn’t been used in a while, probably because the owner couldn’t bear to disturb the beautiful leaves growing in front of it. We visited Quebec in October, which as it turns out, was good timing. The leaves were changing and I frequently had to gasp at the beauty around us.

Qblue door

This home was also in the high rent district, not far from the Citadel. I loved the fun blue doors and matching window frames, and even on a rainy day like this, there must be lots of natural light inside due to all the windows.  The only thing I can’t figure out is the short door on the left. Was the street previously lower? Does a person of small stature live in the basement? Sometimes I wish I was brave enough to knock on some of these doors and ask.

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Well, I can certainly knock on this door. It’s mine. While it was fun to visit this spectacular city, it’s always nice to walk through my own front door again. While it’s not ancient or exotic, sparkly or shiny, and I  doubt anyone will stop in their tracks to take a picture of it,  it’s my favorite – because it’s home.

For More fun doors, see Norm’s Thursday Doors at Norm 2.0.

 

34 thoughts on “Doors of Quebec

  1. I thought my husband and I were the only door lovers out there. I remember taking photos of doors in Italy. I too was curious to what was behind them but I am also not so brave. What would the person say if I knocked on that beautiful door of theirs to tell them they had a great door, bet I get a weird look and a shut door in my face…maybe. My favorite doors are always rustic with years on them. What stories those doors could tell with the decades of people that have walked through them, kind of like an old tree.

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    • Hi Brenda, You and everyone else. The Blue door and shutters seems to be the favorite so far. What if there was a way to contact the owners and say ” You don’t know this, but I took a picture of your door and everyone likes it best out of all the doors on my travel blog”. They’d think I was a nut. Anyway thanks for your comment.

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    • Well good, my whole point here is to get people out of the house and exploring. Even if you can’t go far, there are fun things to see even in your own backyard – not to mention take pictures of. Thanks!

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  2. Have learned to ignore looks of people when I have my camera with me! But where do you live? I thought your header might be of Denmark? Thanks for coming by my blog! My first job was working in a library:)

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    • You re right about Denmark. Unfortunately I don’t live there or anyplace even vaugely cosmopolitan. I’m in Utah, which has beautiful snowy mountains and amazing national parks etc. I love it. Thanks for reading.

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  3. That guy in Quebec probably thought you had come unhinged, but I say that it was an open and shut case of your being framed. People have to be more open minded when it comes to taking pictures of doors.
    Quebec is a beautiful city with plenty of interesting history behind that quaint beauty. I highly recommend it as a travel destination

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  4. Old Montreal and Quebec City have a lot of history. I am ashamed to say that I only visited Quebec once as a child and did go to The Citadel, but do not remember much. As an adult, my husband wouldn’t go because of the French issue. I really should make the visit, being Canadian that is something I really need to rectify.

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