Paris Thursday Doors

Thursday Doors in Villa Leandre

Just off Avenue Junot, there is a tiny cul-de-sac called Villa Leandre. It features a dozen charming houses off a cobbled street.

Spot the cat
On Number 4, the glass door has a wrought iron windmill design. There is also a windmill over the mailbox. Windmills were used to crush the grapes making wine. The plant at side of the door looks like an old wisteria.
More cats, in the net curtains
Charles Leandre was a painter and humorous caricaturist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The plaque outside number 10 claims that this is Downing Street. Very drole.
Around the corner from Villa Leandre, some fine wrought ironwork on glass doors.
Another example.
Paris Thursday Doors

Thursday Doors in Monmartre

The white dome of the Sacre-Coeur Basilica is perched on the top a hill in the northern 18th arrondissement of Paris, Montmartre. Unless you are are hemmed in by the narrow streets of Paris, you can usually spot its gleaming white dome. Montmartre is also renowned for its nightlife in Pigalle. In 1860, the village of Montmartre was swallowed up as the city of Paris expanded. But you can still find vineyards and windmills (not just the Moulin Rouge) there.

Erik Satie’s front door for 8 years. The museum in Honfleur, Normandy, is well worth a visit.
Art Deco doors
Pretty blue door of Number 2
You can squeeze into a Citroen Deux Chevaux at the top of Montmartre for a guided tour around the district. I used to have one of these, 20 years ago. It was painted Lavender Blue, so we called it “Dilly Dilly”. A wheel bearing went and the subframe was held together by rust, so I sold it to a dealer instead of keeping it for posterity.
What a pleasant glass porch on Number 9
“French doors” behind a romantic balcony, covered in creeper.
Splendid wooden door on Avenue Junot, behind which General Jean-Andoche Junot, the Duke of Abrantes lived during the Napoleonic Wars. He was Napoleon’s aide-de-camp but following a serious head injury in Italy, his character and personality changed. He fought at Austerlitz, Borodino (invasion of Russia) and the Peninsular War, when he captured Lisbon. He was defeated by the Duke of Wellington and fled to France in disgrace. It is thought that he committed suicide by slashing at his injured leg which became infected and he died of blood poisoning.
Paris Thursday Doors

Thursday Doors in Gay Paree

Ah, Paris in the spring! What could be more romantic? It seems like aeons since we last travelled overseas, so les portes de Paris beckoned and I snapped away.

The Public Baths in the 4th Arrondissement (opposite the Pompidou Centre). Boring new doors without much character – the originals must have been splendid
From the ridiculous to the sublime. The western door to the Bourse (Stock Exchange)
You can’t see the door because of the creeper, but the facade is beautiful, fin de siecle, neo classical architecture, Place Saint Georges
Of course, Paris would not be Paris without excellent small restaurants, “Joy for Food” on the Rue Truffaut
And a set of doors from the Louvre, with the I M Pei pyramid reflected in the glass
The doors are wide open at the Florida Bar, by Les Halles and St Eustace’s church. I suppose the doors are always wide open at this bar, not just as a precaution against coronavirus.
Presto Fresco is an Italian restaurant, with kitschy and homestyle decor, but I could only get the top of the doors in the picture because of the street market stall in front.