Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Beautiful doors


Aren't they stunning? I found these doors at 288 boulevard Saint Germain (one of the most expensive areas of Paris), right next to the Assemblée Nationale (the French Parliament/House of representative). To be quite  honest I had never noticed them before... The good news is that it's possible to visit the inside (apparently a stunning hotel particulier from the Second Empire) for that is where the European parliament information center for France is located! I could not go inside when I passed by itthe day I took the photo because it was closed, but I'll definitely go back.

22 comments:

  1. Many of the doorways are stunningly beautiful. I like 29 avenue Rapp, which I learned of because we have a plaster model in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

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  2. Interesting Jeff! I am to the MIA on Friday and will search for it! Love the photo Eric - I love that kind of detailed hand work in old buildings - wood or stone. It almost looks like a beautiful church entrance. Thanks!

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  3. What wonderful craftsmanship on these doors! Beautiful!

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  4. MplsLovesParis: The 29 Avenue Rapp model is in a small gallery off one of the larger galleries full of Impressionists.

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    1. Jeff, are you also aware of the erotic symbolism of the doorway at 29 Ave. Rapp?

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  5. It doesn't surprise me to find this kind of beauty in Paris because it's everywhere. Then again, I see this and I know the meaning of "stunning."

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  6. They're stunning doors alright, I love that burnished colour, your framing with the trees is lovely too Eric.

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  7. Beautiful doors indeed. And I love the new blog design too :)

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  8. Beautiful doors. I notice the fancy boot scrapers at the foot of each door but I don't suppose many Parisians in this area scrape their fancy footwear on them these days.

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  9. Simply magnificent and like the pop of color in the window. Paris is gorgeous on so many levels! The doors are such an inviting way to draw you inside the building, can only imagine how gorgeous the inside is. I want to play the game Lets make a deal..... "Whats behind door #1"....oh wait make that door #2" and see what prize awaits me. Anne

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  10. I must have passed these doors dozens of times and never noticed them. That's why I love PDP! The framing with the trees on either side is especially beautiful, Eric. Joyeuses Paques de Californie du Sud!

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  11. Beautiful doors indeed. But what is with the windows to the right? They'd better shut the shutters to not down play the doors.

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  12. Drummond: Yes, I always wondered about that, but after your comment I did a little research and sure enough, there it is. I also love how the Adam figure looks troubled, but the Eve figure looks rebellious.

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  13. Very beautiful indeed! Fortunately, someone is keeping them polished and graffiti-free. I'm looking forward to what's inside, Eric.

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  14. Whoah....How absolutely beautiful....living in California where everything is so new I miss the old beautiful reminders of days gone by, like doorways in Paris and even in Boston where I grew up. Merci Eric...this made my day!! ;)

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  15. Gosh, I've pixies too of those double doors (had to step back and got some car roofs that I had to crop off if I remember rightly!).... but I did NOT know that one can visit... great info - thank you Eric!

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  16. Yes seriously these are amazing. But first of all must say that, after regularly following your blog, it has been understood that, you only captures those photos which are regular but unique. Seriously the snap is amazing. The chemistry of double doors are excellent.

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  17. Another bit of information about this building - Louis Blériot died here in 1936. And if you do venture inside, be prepared to have to sign it for a pass - even if you just want to pick up a leaflet. Bureaucracy rules again!

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  18. door is the entry of our home so we must use beautiful

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