When Does It End?

Yes, it’s time for more blue doors from Chefchauoen; I hope you’re not tired of this majestic blue city.  As a photographer it doesn’t get any better than this; seeing ancient old kasbahs with people carrying on old cultural norms from the past into the present and the architecture of old homes and shops with doors that seem to transcend time.

Why waste time with words when door photos have their own explanations.

Not blue or new, but structurally, it looks quite strong.

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Bluer and stately!

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Jackpot, 3 doors but different styles and colors

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A peek and there are 2 more blue doors.

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Follow the path, two more blue doors (it’s the journey that makes these finds interesting)

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The sun starburst signals the end for this post.

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Hope you enjoyed this episode; I’m still viewing and processing my Chefchaouen photos so I’m not sure how many more doors from this city is awaiting but you’ll know when I get ready for the next city.

Thank you for visiting my post and thanks again to Norm 2.0 for his creation of the Thursday Doors website that gives us bloggers an outlet to let our thoughts be put on paper or in this case, web space.  For more posts and photos of doors by others please go to: Thursday Doors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Blue Stuff

Falling behind on posting doors and no excuses except for forgetting to get my posts up before the deadline although I missed a post because we did a short getaway to Lake Tahoe in mid June where Deborah posted her Milky Way photo and mentioned that I was with her for that photo adventure.

I’m still editing my photos in Chefchaouen, Morocco so I hope you’re not getting the blues from these doors.

Two perspectives of this arched alleyway.

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The inviting path to explore more blue doors.

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I grabbed this shot as I walked past this cul de sac; on this tour I managed to get a lot of street shooting practice.

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Well, I don’t want to make you blue for our nation’s 4th of July, Independence Day celebration so I’ll stop here and pick up where we left next time.

Thank you for visiting my post and thanks again to Norm 2.0 for his creation of the Thursday Doors website that gives us bloggers an outlet to let our thoughts be put on paper or in this case, web space.  For more posts and photos of doors by others please go to: Thursday Doors.

The Blue City of Chefchaouen

My apologies for missing last week’s Thursday Door’s post.  I had other things to accomplish and the next you know, it’s past Thursday and Friday’s deadlines before Norm closed the door for the week.

I left you at the front door of posting our tour at Chefchaouen so it’s time to let you in.  I am still reviewing and reminiscing about our time there this past February (and it seems like such a long time ago due to being sheltered in place).  During the planning of this trip my wife said we had to include this destination when visiting Morocco and I had no idea what this place was but the planning required altering our original tour plans and eventually finding a tour that included this destination so everything was good.

The blue city is how they describe this place and our tour guide told us, expect many small streets and alleyways with buildings painted blue.  A must see tourist destination these days after the word got out!  Chefchaouen has an interesting history but I’m going to take the easy route and provide you with the Wikipedia link after just a brief synopsis from the Wikipedia background:

“Chefchaouen is a popular tourist destination because of its proximity to Tangier and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. There are approximately two hundred hotels catering to the summer influx of European tourists. One distinction possessed by Chefchaouen is its blue-rinsed houses and buildings.

It’s a popular shopping destination as well, as it offers many native handicrafts that are not available elsewhere in Morocco, such as wool garments and woven blankets. The goat cheese native to the area is also popular with tourists.

The countryside around it has a reputation for being a prolific source of kief. The Chefchaouen region is one of the main producers of cannabis in Morocco.”  More information about this kasbah (fortress) can be found HERE.

The paragraph above was new information to me; I must have been too busy doing my street photography and did not hear that this was a major area for growing weed, if it was discussed.  I certainly did not see anyone smoking or smell any odors of weed while there.

We headed to the main plaza to begin the tour of this kasbah and passed some picturesque blue buildings and doors.

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Nice place to sit and chat; even to smoke some weed if you had some.

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This place reminds me of the Greece with the white and blue buildings.

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Tunnels and alleyways are typical in this city.

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There were a lot of people around but I managed to capture this image of solitude.

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I’m going to stop here and continue the tour in future posts.

Thank you for visiting my post and thanks again to Norm 2.0 for his creation of the Thursday Doors website that gives us bloggers an outlet to let our thoughts be put on paper or in this case, web space.  For more posts and photos of doors by others please go to: Thursday Doors.

A Preview Door

After leaving Tangier our next destination was Chefchaouen, the Blue City.  I’m going to write about this tour next week as I’m still reviewing and processing photos.  However, I did prepare a preview door photo found at this tour.

Door sitting!  That door seems sturdy enough to prevent any break ins.

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Thank you for visiting my post and thanks again to Norm 2.0 for his creation of the Thursday Doors website that gives us bloggers an outlet to let our thoughts be put on paper or in this case, web space.  For more posts and photos of doors by others please go to: Thursday Doors.

Finally, Leaving Tangier

Well, I’ve viewed and edited most of my photos for the Tangier portion of our Morocco tour so I’ll post some doors and move on to the next city in future posts.

We visited the Tangier American Legation Mansion in the medina of Tangier; a museum and language institute.  The history of this National Historical Landmark can be found in this Wikipedia link: Legation

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Of course, there were doors to photograph there.

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A view of the outside garden door.

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And then, it was time to head to a restaurant for our final lunch in Tangier and I found a couple of door shots.

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This one has a partial door and the “door”man.

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The colorful door inside the restaurant.

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And finally, a view of the waterfront area below the restaurant and our red tour bus waiting for us.

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Thank you for visiting my post and thanks again to Norm 2.0 for his creation of the Thursday Doors website that gives us bloggers an outlet to let our thoughts be put on paper or in this case, web space.  For more posts and photos of doors by others please go to: Thursday Doors.

More Doors in Tangier

Turns out I am still editing doors in Tangier so I’m posting a couple more this week.  The Doors will speak for themselves so I’m not including much, if any, narratives.

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Two doors and the blue door caught my eye.

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Thank you for visiting my post and thanks again to Norm 2.0 for his creation of the Thursday Doors website that gives us bloggers an outlet to let our thoughts be put on paper or in this case, web space.  For more posts and photos of doors by others please go to: Thursday Doors.

Still Looking for the Door to Exit Tangier

Well, I’m still showing doors from Tangier but the end of this tour stop is getting close.  This week I have three, maybe more, doors.

This door is at the end of the long wall; one of the tour members decided to photo bomb me but she almost blends into the wall except for her polka dot bag and sneakers.

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Don’t want to get lost again so gotta keep up with the tour.  Did they turn right?  Got sidetracked by that double arch door but there’s another door next to it, too!

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I almost missed this narrow door tucked away somewhere as I rushed to catch up with the tour but I managed to get part of a green metal door, too!  Almost looks like a trap door below the door threshold; wouldn’t that be nice to discourage solicitors?

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That’s it for this week, if I don’t stop now this will never make the Thursday Doors posting deadline.

Thank you for visiting my post and thanks again to Norm 2.0 for his creation of the Thursday Doors website that gives us bloggers an outlet to let our thoughts be put on paper or in this case, web space.  For more posts and photos of doors by others please go to: Thursday Doors.

Moroccan Door and Lantern

A simple post this week; itinerary is still in Tangier and doing the city walking tour when we stopped at this door and lantern.  For some reason, I’m not sure why because I was busy trying to shoot photos of other doors, our local guide stopped and pointed out the lantern.  As he informed our tour members about the lantern’s design I knew the door would make a good companion shot for the lantern and would be featured in a Thursday Doors post.

So here it is.

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Thank you for visiting my post and thanks again to Norm 2.0 for his creation of the Thursday Doors website that gives us bloggers an outlet to let our thoughts be put on paper or in this case, web space.  For more posts and photos of doors by others please go to: Thursday Doors.

Were There Spies Behind Any Doors?

Well, I’m late again in getting this post on Norm Frampton’s website.  Who is this guy Norm, you ask?  Norm, like other undercover personalities in the world, uses aliases and his code name is Thursday Doors where the secret society of Door Observer Organization Revivalists (DOOR) hide behind doors watching blog posts by others sharing photos of their doors from around the world.

My Morocco tour stopped in the city of Tangier, an edgy city that had a reputation for international spies.  It was the type of place that is old world with wonderful people and old buildings with lots of doors in different shapes, colors and made of different materials; the kind of place a photographer likes to explore as long as you also watch out for pickpockets and don’t get too far off the beaten path.

As our tour walked in the city I had a hard time keeping up as I was trying to shoot as many doors that I came across like this one.  Stars on the doorstep seemed like a nice touch!

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Moving quickly, I shot the upper half of this door which was very ornate.

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Then getting down to some serious shooting; 2 doors in one shot with an artistic wall painting separating them.

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I’m going to end this post here with a shot of a friendly vendor that I saw at the marketplace near our hotel; it was early in the morning before this walking tour so the market was still empty and he was nice enough to look at me and give a thumbs up but was that a spy behind him watching?).

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Thank you for visiting my post and thanks again to Norm 2.0 for his creation of the Thursday Doors website that gives us bloggers an outlet to let our thoughts be put on paper or in this case, web space.  For more posts and photos of doors by others please go to: Thursday Doors.

Oudaya Kasbah

Jumping to Morocco, I’m posting a couple of doors from the Oudaya Kasbah in Rabat, Morocco.  According to Wikipedia, the walled citadel of Oudaya is located at the mouth of the Bou Regreg river, opposite Salé, and adjacent to the old medina of Rabat.  It is listed, along with other sites in Rabat, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Our tour enjoyed this picturesque little city with alleyways and many outdoor merchants selling their wares.  More about the kasbah can be found in Wikipedia at this LINK

This was an impressive door at the entrance to the citadel.

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At the end of the tour we headed back towards the entrance and passed this door.

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And, as we waited for our tour bus I saw this; was it an old Moroccan door security system?  Knock and enter at your own peril.

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Thank you for visiting my post and thanks again to Norm 2.0 for his creation of the Thursday Doors website that gives us bloggers an outlet to let our thoughts be put on paper or in this case, web space.  For more posts and photos of doors by others please go to: Thursday Doors.