I’ve never been the type of person to collect dolls, coins, stamps, teapots or beanie babies. “Less is more” for me. However, in recent years, I’ve taken to collecting the amazing and mysterious old doors I’ve stumbled on while walking through the streets of Europe.
I love taking photographs of them because each has their own peculiar personality. My favorites have been found in medieval city centers and ancient hill towns. They’re creaky, ornate and quirky.
Who walked through them centuries ago and what went on behind them when the doors were closed? You’ve got to wonder how most of the old doors survived during wars, conflicts, disasters, and even poop thrown down at them from upstairs chamber pots.
Living in Southern California, we have very few old doors. I guess that’s why I’m so enamored with them.
My travels have taken me to some amazing old cities, but there are many more I’d love to see. You can bet I’ll be adding them to this collection in the future.
Old doors I found in Poland, Hungary, and Austria
My first old door photos were shot when I had the privilege of visiting the medieval city center of Krakow, Poland. Krakow is a city you don’t often hear about, but also don’t want to miss. It has the largest medieval market square in Europe with historical houses, palaces, and churches and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city is one of the few in Poland that wasn’t destroyed during WWII.
After Krakow, we flew to Budapest to begin our AMAwaterways River Cruise up the Danube.
Old doors in Spain, Italy, and France
Our trip to Italy and the Mediterranean in November and December 2014 yielded a smorgasbord of fabulous old doors. They ranged from medieval to provincial with a little Middle Eastern and Asian thrown in. We spent 3 weeks traveling through Rome, Tuscany, Sorrento, and the Amalfi Coast before departing on a cruise of the Mediterranean on the Cunard Queen Elizabeth.
Oh, if those old doors could talk. . . What would they say?
When you’re traveling, what do you love to photograph? Please leave a comment below. If you’re on Pinterest please follow my old doors board here.