Dresden Thursday Doors

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And more doors from this trendy suburb of Dresden. This is the Martin Luther church.

And there are lots of restaurants and bistros

Some more random doors from the area, shades of brown and red

Another random selection

Dresden Thursday Doors

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More photos from this hipster suburb.

Hello to Hell?

Pavlov’s looks like an interesting place. Perhaps when a buzzer sounds, everyone has to drink up their beer.

Random selection of doors

“It must be love, love, love,” by Madness

Dresden Thursday Doors

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I have so many pictures of graffiti and doors in this Bohemian suburb of Dresden that I need to show the photos in galleries, with a theme. Cyclists riding past doors, for example.

And street art

Somehow we managed to miss out on the iconic “Kunsthofpassage” which has the best murals in the city; obviously a reason to return soon.

Decorative stone carving near the old Fire Station

Fire station – look at the sculpture on the wall.

Some of the buildings from the 1960s are typical of East German architectural style

I am not the only one taking photographs. Check out the white flares and box fresh white trainers in the Photobooth
Dresden Thursday Doors

Thursday Doors Neustadt

Dresden’s New Town was originally called Neue Königliche Stadt (New Royal City). It is on the north bank of the Elbe. Many of the fine Baroque buildings luckily escaped the horrific bombing of February 1945. Since reunification, it has become a hip place to live, the old buildings covered with amazing graffiti.

This establishment offered hot water to poor people for their weekly bath during WW2. Now it is a trendy, inexpensive bar.

Art Deco doors and fanlight

Some of the buildings in the main pedestrian street are less down at heel

Lots of grey doors hidden amongst the graffiti

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Thursday Doors Dresden 2

You can’t walk far in Dresden’s glorious city centre, the Altstadt, without bumping into a palace, a fort, an opera house or a cathedral. It is so stacked with Baroque and Rococo culture that it has the nickname “Florence of the Elbe”. These buildings have doors…

This building is on Bruhl’s Terrace. Count Bruhl constructed his own private pleasure garden over looking the Elbe in the early 18th century (the far left of this photo). It is known as the Balcony of Europe.

Catholic Cathedral

Heavy wooden doors are wonderful, but next week’s instalment shows some doors from the Neustadt or New Town, which is actually older than the Old Town.

Dresden Thursday Doors

Thursday Doors Dresden

From 13th to 15th of February 1945, 800 British and American bombers dropped 2,700 tons of high explosives and incendiaries onto the beautiful city of Dresden, capital of Saxony. Over 25,000 people died in the bombing and the firestorm which burned up so much oxygen that those in air raid shelters were suffocated. Half the residential buildings and a quarter of the industrial sites were destroyed. This horrific event was not as devastating as the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, or the firebombing of Tokyo. Or even the prolonged bombing of Hamburg in 1943.

What purpose did it serve? Disruption of military communications for the Wehrmacht facing the advancing Russian forces? Destruction of industry? A legitimate military target? Or to terrorise the population, lowering morale and sapping the will to fight? Revenge for the bombing of Coventry at the blitz in London?

Was it a war crime? Even Winston Churchill raised questions about the conduct of Allied bombing following the destruction of Dresden.

Seventy seven years later, I visited the city which has been painstakingly rebuilt, using some of the original stone which was blackened by the feuersturm. There were plenty of doors to photograph.

A short tram ride from the city centre there is a huge park, laid out in the Baroque style, named Grosser Garten. It reminded me of Victoria Park in Leicester. Originally a hunting lodge, it became a public park in the early 19th century. The summer palace was destroyed and the façade was reconstructed in the 1950s, using some of the original stone.

The Sommerpalais in the Grosser Garten in Dresden. It is used for concerts, especially at Christmastime.

The Botanical Gardens looked inviting, but sadly the narrow gauge railway was not operating when I visited, so I walked to the city centre, past a skateboard park and a slab of East German apartment block, to the town hall and Protestant Cathedral.

The Protestant Cathedral

The residential housing of the city centre has been replaced by modern shops, offices, restaurants and administrative buildings.

Oil and Vinegar? Wow!
Lindt Chocolate shop, open door
Simple modern design
The Transport Museum, with tram tracks in the cobbled street and bicycles
Art Galleries in the plaza surrounding the Frauenkirche. The doors of the Lutheran Cathedral have letters ascribed to them, C and F below.
Wedding outside the Frauenkirche. Note the piebald appearance of old and new stone used in its reconstruction.
Even Michael Jordan would not be able to slam dunk this basket

More doors from Dresden to come in the next instalment.

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Thursday Doors in Seattle

Seattle is a wonderful city, even when your luggage was left in Europe and you are left with the clothes you stand up in, plus a carry-on bag filled with camera equipment. On Sunday morning, Target opens at 8am and $200 later, we had a basic set of clothes and toiletries.

This is not Target

This is a portaloo with a charming name

Very smart door
Black Bottle?
Fancy architrave

Very impressive oval windowed door

The sign was better than the door in this night club

Biscuit Bitch? She prefers chocolate HobNobs
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Thursday Doors PNW

PNW = Pacific North West. The top left hand side of the contiguous United States of America. This summer, we visited friends living on San Juan Island, close to Vancouver. The weather was glorious and despite notices warning against sea bathing, we braved the waves and shivered in the 14 degree Celsius water.

There were pods of orca patrolling the channels, feasting on salmon. Harbour porpoises played in the bay, but vanished as soon as anyone took an interest in their activities. Further north, close to Canada, we saw a humpback whale.

House in Friday Harbor, the biggest town on the island
Mermaid guarding the entrance to a local shop
Fire and Rescue
Rookscroft and company
Open air fish and chip joint
A fine hostelry in the main street
Just missed this car making a turn. Beautiful shade of blue and two tone door
I have never seen a public bench with a load capacity printed on it. 300lbs?

San Juan Island is (slightly) famous for the Pig War of 1859. The “49th parallel” border between Canada and the USA was fixed at the Treaty of Oregon in 1846. However, on the west coast there was an untidy group of islands between Puget Sound and Vancouver Island which both US and UK claimed. Was the boundary the Haro Straight to the north west (off Vancouver) or Rosario Straight to the south east (off the mainland)? It didn’t matter until the Hudson Bay Company saw the commercial advantage of San Juan Island and established a sheep farm, followed by some American settlers who started farming.

In 1859, Lyman Cutler (an American farmer) shot a pig belonging to the Hudson Bay Company, which was digging up his garden. The Brits tried to arrest him, but the US government sent a company of infantry (commanded by George Pickett – heard of him?) to the island to protect the settlers’ interests. The Royal Navy rattled their cutlasses and sent three warships and a detachment of Marines to Garrison Bay, where they built a fortified camp. The Americans also built a camp at Granma’s Cove at the other end of the island. Sensibly, peace prevailed and relations between the two sides remained cordial (mixed with alcohol). After the US Civil War, the matter was settled by arbitration, with the German Kaiser deciding that the boundary was the Haro Straight, giving San Juan Island to the USA.

The Union flag still flies over Garrison Bay

The camp has been tastefully renovated and this block houses a museum
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Thursday Doors Godolphin

On the hill above Godolphin House in Cornwall, there is a Bronze Age circular stone enclosure, probably a fort to protect animals, but this doesn’t have any doors, so I didn’t include any pictures. During the Iron Age, mining made the area famous, the excavated copper and tin alloyed together to form bronze. Bronze axes (palstaves) were found buried with their owners when exhuming coffins in the area.

In the 16th century, the Godolphin family rebuilt the main house and gardens, a work in progress over the next half millennium. The house sheltered Charles II during the Civil War, and Sir Francis Godolphin spent his fortune supporting the King in exile.

In 1702, Baron Sidney Golophin was appointed Queen Anne’s Lord High Treasurer and four years later became a Viscount. He was a Knight of the Garter and Governor of the Scilly Islands. The family wealth was based on mining and in 1715 the Newcomen steam engine was introduced to pump water from the mineshafts, at the start of the Industrial Revolution.

But enough of this history, how about some doors?

These are the stables for Godolphin House

Two doors for the price of one
The Cider House. Workers on the estate were paid in cider until the practice was outlawed in 1887 by the Truck Act. Would the workers be less happy, do you think?

A door surrounded by ivy
This is a fake door in what used to be a fireplace. The Jacobean chimneypiece and overmantle wood carving is superb.
The Elizabethan formal private garden is gorgeous, but doorless
What about this amazing door?

Godolphin House became the property of the Dukes of Leeds in 1766, when the second Earl died. Over the next 160 years, the estate fell into disrepair and it had to be rescued from oblivion. The National Trust took over, renovating the outbuildings, gardens and main house. If you are near Helston, take some time to visit Godolphin or book to stay in the apartments.

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Last lot of Beach Huts