Windows and Doors

I’ve heard it said that eyes are the windows into one’s soul. I wonder if that applies to actual windows. Do they allow us to peer into the soul of a home? Probably not. But, be that as it may, there is something magical about windows (and doors) for me, and I always take pictures of them whenever I travel.

I thought I’d post a few of my favourites with a short description of each.

In no particular order, here they are:

 1. Lima, Peru


Okay, I know I said “no particular order”, but this is by far one of my favourites. I took it while on my travels through Peru in 2011. Lima is an such interesting mixture of old and new architecture. Off on one of my unplanned walks through the streets, I was so happy to have found this.

2. Gulangyu, China


Gulangyu is an island nearby the costal city of Xiamen in the South East of China. I visited there on one of my vacations (I had been working in a city a few hours north) and was able to spend a couple of nights. While the island can be a bit touristy in parts, there are several small alleys and roads that have amazing scenery – like this door.

3. Cobh, Ireland


I had been to Ireland several times before with my father (he’s Irish), but this was the first time that I had gone on my own. (I’ll write more about that experience another time.) Cobh is a quaint city near Cork with great little pubs and this steep hill with houses lined all along it. It was also the final port for the RMS Titanic.

4. Luang Prabang, Laos


I went to Laos in 2007. It was already well on its way to development then, so I can only imagine what it must look like now. I would be more than interested to go back to find out. Although it doesn’t border the water (like most people seem to expect from tropical countries), there was an unbelievable amount of culture, history, and scenery. I found this window off of one of the main streets.

5. Railay, Thailand


Although this isn’t actually a house, there was something about the windows that made me add it to this collection. This boat was far away from the shore when I found it; though, as I learned later that night, the tide came in far enough to take it back out.

In the end, we all have things that interest us when we travel. Some like wildlife and flowers. Others like social settings and cityscapes. And, while I do like all of those things too, nothing speaks to me as much as windows and door.

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