A Door Can Make You Wonder

I don’t know what it is, but living in Europe has me fascinated with doors.  Take me to a city, village or town and I will find a unique adorable door. Those in the USA seem to be so boring now.  Every place we have traveled in the past year (Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Switzerland, Gibraltar, and Austria), is full of incredible doors!  I can’t seem to get enough of happening upon a really cool looking door.  I find that I am usually taking pictures and not knowing what I am going to do with the picture or why I feel a need to take it.  I now have quite the collection of photos!  Heck, why not share them all with you.

The doors in Europe all seem to have so much character and charm.

The Alhambra Palace Door Granada, Spain

I can’t help but wonder who took the time to hand craft them.  How long ago were they made?  Why is it so grand, tall or narrow?  Who has passed through them?  Do they make a creek when they open?  How many visitors have used the custom door knocker?  I think looking at them briefly takes me to another place and time.  If you haven’t figured it out by now, I am a curious dreamer and travel with passion.


So now with you, I share my passion for being curious about all of these doors.  I am sure over time I will continue to add more to the collection.  Enjoy!

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14 thoughts on “A Door Can Make You Wonder

    • Aw thanks so much. I can’t get enough of doors! I am many more to add to the gallery. One day, in my spare time I will. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Hitch-Hikers Handbook!

  1. Heidi….this is one of my favorite posts! I, too, am fascinated by not only doors, but peeking into the windows when I walk by! Even though you’re my daughter and I shouldn’t point out a typo in public, I can’t resist by saying if I opened a door when I was really in a hurry to go potty, it is possible I (not the door) would make a creek at the doorfront!

  2. I love those photos of the doors, I always love doors in foreign countries too…. One thing I always love about those types of doors, is when you see them open for some reason, you get a glimpse into a courtyard usually which always makes me wish I could visit and see their beautiful place. I love courtyards almost as much! Great photos!

    • Oh Anne, I love courtyards too! When you mentioned that, it immediately took me back to living in Mexico. Courtyards were very popular there and it was like entering into a different world. From the exterior you would see a big door and wall, often lined with shards of glass on top and it would appear to have a small courtyard. Once you enter the courtyard would often seem huge with fountains, exotic plants and beautiful tile work.

      Now I need to get in those courtyards and take photos too. 🙂 How much of a stalker is alright?

  3. LOL! That’s like asking if a bird is drawn to flying 😉

    Some people collect stamps, others collect coins; you collect life experiences 🙂

  4. Doors represent change; transitions from the known to the unknown.

    Behind each door there is an adventure waiting to be lived. A riddle to be solved. A barrier to be removed.

  5. Heidi, One of my favorite posters years ago was a collage of all the doors in Carmel. I had it up in my home for years. Why don’t you make a collage poster of all your pictures? It would be beautiful.

    • That’s a great idea Judy. I think we just may do that. I want to get a few more doors. We are heading to London later this month and I know there are some winners there too! 🙂 Glad to hear from you. I hope you have been doing well.

      I bet that poster in collage was beautiful. I just love Carmel.

  6. Hello,

    I, too, have been fascinated by interesting looking doors because I always want to open the door to explore inside. In English, I was also interested in the knockers on the doors. In the small village where we lived, each house had a unique knocker just tempting me to knock.

    Thanks for sharing your pictures!


    • Hi Mishele, Thanks for your comment. I know what you mean about wanting to knock and open the door. I just wonder who lives there? What is it like on the other side? What do the interior doors look like? Did someone make this door by hand? The list goes on and on. Here I thought it was just me, but apparently many people like doors too! 🙂

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