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.

Who Goes to Iceland for Ice Cream?

It was a winter storm day, with the frozen wind gusting and howling and the people hunkered down…. (bad prose so I’ll stop here!).  Truth be told, it really was the morning after the enormous winter storm passed through Reykjavik and the entire island was shut down but I accompanied the Mrs. and her sister to find an open electronics store because they were inundated by a huge rogue wave that soaked them with freezing salt water at the outset of our photo tour .  Their cellphones were damaged and my sister-in-law had her camera damaged, too and we still had several weeks to go on our epic trip.

They were able to get the Mrs.’ phone working at the retail shop but they had to locate the repair shop that actually does the major cellphone repairs for her sister’s phone so I let them find their way to that shop.  That left me with doorscursion time and I had the town of Reykjavik all to myself while many people stayed indoors until the all clear signal was given.  I discovered that the town had very colorful buildings, perhaps their way of keeping a cheery attitude while living in a cold, snow and ice covered country.  I shot many photos of the colorful buildings and doors as I walked around with the hope that many would find their way onto Norm Frampton’s Thursday Door blog site.  If you’re into seeing doors from around the world visit Norm’s Thursday Door site so you don’t have to fly to these destinations on your own.

Perusing my new door photo collection I found a shot for this week’s post.  The color caught my eye just as it did when I was in Reykjavik and it’s an ice cream shop with pink doors.  Now who eats ice cream in Iceland much less than on a cold stormy day?

Well, I googled this shop and there are rave reviews for Valdis’ Ice Cream.  Now I’m wishing I had tried an ice cream cone while I was in Iceland.  And for the doors, who can resist pink doors on a quaint colorful building.

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As I did some post processing on this photo I had a bonus surprise; see below.

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Someone was certainly enjoying some ice cream in Iceland!

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.

Old World


I found many doors on my epic trip but I decided I’ll post them randomly so I’ll be bouncing around different countries.  Last week, I posted a door from Iceland.  For today’s Thursday Doors post, I am bouncing over to Morocco.

It was an 18-day tour so we visited many cities, each unique in its own way.  The city that many of you might picture in your minds about Morocco based on some movies or photos might be Old Fes, or Old Fez (both spellings are correct).  The small alleyways lined with shops selling food, rugs, metal ware, clothing, leather goods and all kinds of other goods as well as the crowds of people (many tourists) is an interesting place.  However, in today’s world of the COVID-19 pandemic, I don’t think I would enjoy walking in those crowded narrow alleyways.  The Old Medina is a UNESCO Heritage Site and was founded between 789 and 808 AD as the capital of Morocco.  Besides being famous for having the oldest university in the world, the University of Al-Karaouine, Fes el Bali (Old Fez), with a total population of 156,000, is also believed to be the biggest car-free urban area in the world.  More information can be founded in Wikipedia HERE

As we entered the gates and alleyways of Old Fez I saw this interesting, colorful and small door and it was like Alice in Wonderland going through the rabbit hole from there.

The first door shot as we entered Old Fez (and a portion of another door).

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This is a shot of Old Fez from a high overlook.  Imagine getting lost somewhere down there.

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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.

Where Have You Been?

Where have I been, you ask?  Well, currently sheltered in place under lockdown like millions of other U.S. residents and other people around the world is the convenient answer.  But that was after returning from an epic vacation that began in early February and ending when we returned home on March 8th; a full month on the road!

The epic adventure took us to Iceland for an 8-day photo tour and after that tour was completed we headed to Portugal for about 4 nights before flying to Morocco for an 18-day tour.  Needless to say, it was great to be home (except for being under lockdown).

Iceland was a photographer’s paradise; beautiful scenery, landscapes and unique black sand beaches and wonderful sunrises and sunsets; we even got a sighting of that elusive Northern Light.  We had some nice clear weather and some cold windy days with some snow and on the last day of the photo tour a huge rare winter storm that shut down all of the roads and businesses in that country.  We returned to Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, the night before the last day our tour was to end to beat the road closures and while cautioned to stay inside the hotel due to flying debris we ventured out to do some errands.  I used part of this time to do a doorscursion in the freezing cold with hurricane gusts and rain to contend with.

I was amazed to find the housing units were very colorful, there were very few high rise buildings due to the typical high winds in that country.  Rather than drop a load of doors in this post I’ll contribute a simple glass door affixed to a corner store because I haven’t been processing my door photos yet.  Note that Coca Cola seems to be very popular in Iceland.

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The same door with the dragon surrounds zoomed in.

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The photo tour took us to many places and this is a sample of what we saw of the Vestrahorn Volcanic Mountain area.

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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.

Odd Place for a Door

The first month of the year 2020 passed and I failed to post a door.  I’m trying to get this posted tonight as it’s the last day of January so I can say that I did a post in the first month of the year.  I was traveling in December while everyone was on a door break and I didn’t find the opportunities to do any doorscrsions but I managed to find something.

I visited Cancun, Mexico for the first time with the family just before Christmas; we stayed a week at the resort but half the time it stormed.  The experience was something like being on a cruise ship except on land; everything was prepaid except for optional adventures so you find yourself eating and drinking all day if you wanted to.  We decided to take an optional trip to visit the Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins to take a break from the food and drinks.  The guide took us to the newer pyramid and told us we could check out the older ruins on our own in another location on the site.

Our guide pointed out this door but I didn’t hear what he said it was; was it the door to the underworld?  I couldn’t find any reference to it on the internet but it was probably installed over the opening to prevent unauthorized access.  All of the steps were bordered by images of snakes with their heads at the bottom.

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This is what the Mayan calendar looks like; how they hang it on the wall must be some feat!  The calendar pyramid has 4 sides and the guide said it wasn’t built by any alien beings; his theory is it was a natural human development to logically build high structures with a solid base with each level being built on the last level.  The 4 sides represent the seasons and the facing of each side faces the 4 sides of the compass.  There are 90 steps on each side accounting for the number of days in the year and I forgot how they added the extra day for leap year; the chief and other officials and family were required to climb to the top.  At the top, they have 3 doors on each side.  These pyramids were not used for sacrificial purposes as their purpose was agricultural and markets; they had other warrior class settlements that dealt with those kinds of things.

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This is what the older ancient ruins looked like.  You can see some “door” openings.

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These last images were taken last week closer to home; it shows a door opening but I don’t recall seeing any door on it.  It looks out of place because the base of the bunker has eroded and it looks like a building on a rock mound.

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The sunset on that evening was an epic burn (last photo).

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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.

The Eyes Have It

This will be my final post for the year since I will be away on the 19th, Norm’s TD yearly recap for 2019.  While I still have some doors from the Mission Street District street art doorscursion, I found a door that looks good for a final post for 2019.

They say, the eyes are the windows to the soul.  This artist captured that image and you can enter conveniently through either of 3 doors; “see it?”

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Deborah asked to see some images of the Day of the Dead Parade that was scheduled on this day  (actually night) but it was a long day shooting beginning with the sunrise so I wrapped up my photo shoot after doing this streetart shoot.  However, I was able to capture a couple of face painting artists completing their Day of the Dead work on these willing faces.

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A quick return to the makeup chair to get a cellphone shot for her portfolio.

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And this street photo shot seems to sum everything up for all times.

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Here’s wishing you all a Merry Christmas and if you don’t celebrate Christmas, Happy Holidays!  And have a safe passage into the New Year, 2020!

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.

Well Placed Doors

Greetings, it’s time for me to drop in, say hello and drop off a few doors but this time you’re going to have to do some work to find them these photos.  The photos were taken during my last doorscursion in the San Francisco Mission District on the Day of the Dead celebration (see my last post, Street Art).

Starting off easy.

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3 Reds.

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3 More

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Hope you found all these doors and the artwork interesting!

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.