Nevada City Doors

Nevada City is the governmental center of Nevada County in the State of California. Wait, what? Yup, it’s located in California, not Nevada. Another “Say what?” fact about Nevada City is that it is twinned with Penzance, a seaside town in Cornwall, UK, and the nearby tin and copper mining town of St Just in Penwith, Cornwall, UK. Per Wikipedia, the twinning is a result…

Tranquility

Sedate, calm, tranquil are words that come to mind when I look at this soft pink home in Monemvasia, Greece. The home appears feminine to me with its quiet color, gentle curves, and arched door. I expect to find a sweet cultured woman living inside, with lace curtains hung in the windows, delicate china set…

Mission San Juan Bautista

Located on a low hill overlooking the fertile San Juan Valley, Mission San Juan Bautista sits on a rising crustal block on the Pacific side of the San Andreas Fault. Since it was established in June of 1797, the mission has suffered damage from a variety of earthquakes. Shaking was said to be so severe…

Portal to the San Francisco Bay Trail

A quirky house-shaped structure and doorway frame the entrance to a boardwalk over the Alviso Marina Park salt marsh. The boardwalk leads to the San Francisco Bay Trail and the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, a favorite location for bird watching, hiking, and bike riding. On this evening visit, the sun’s golden…

Casa Juan de Anza

About an hour south of San Jose, the historic town of San Juan Bautista has some fine examples of old adobe style structures. One of my favorites, the Casa Juan de Anza, is one of only four historic adobes still standing in San Juan Bautista. Built in 1799, Casa Juan de Anza sits at the southwest…

Doors of Napoli di Romania

Nafplio, Greece, once known as Napoli di Romania during the Late Middle Ages, maintains a traditional architectural style with many richly colored buildings and houses, partly influenced by the Venetians. Instead of typical blue doors often seen in Greece, warm autumnal and jewel-toned colors are used on many shutters and doors in Nafplio. Below are a few…

Old Secrets Guarded by a Locked Door

This weathered gray door in Nafplio, Greece looks a bit mysterious set in a mottled, crumbling stone structure. I wonder what old secrets are guarded by the locked door. Despite the decay of the building, life goes on around it, with bougainvillea and greenery growing out of the dust on the stucco walls.

Mediterranean Blues

This lovely Mediterranean-style home sits at the top of town in Nafplio, Greece. The bold azure blue shutters and doors got my attention. The weathered terracotta roof tiles were the “icing on the cake.”  

Time-Worn Doors of Monemvasia

Last week, we had a post from Debi @ An Evolving Life about doors in the old medieval town of Monemvasia in Laconia, Greece. Debi shared an informative summary of the history of Monemvasia, formerly known as Malvasia or Malmsey, the latter the name given to it by English travelers. Debi’s selection of doors nicely complimented…

Street Art in Athens

From stunning murals to personalized tags, prolific street artists in Athens, Greece, have covered nearly every surface with paint. Stroll through Plaka, Monastiraki, and Psiri, and you will find many businesses and abandoned homes covered in graffiti. It’s surreal to see once beautiful, traditional homes plastered with tags. From the looks of the places in…

Old-World Doors of Monemvasia

Upscale yet down to earth, Monemvasia offers visitors old-world charm with the convenience of modern amenities. Step through the front entrance to the medieval fortress and find cobbled lanes, old stone buildings, and expansive views of the Myrtoan Sea. It’s easy to get lost in the maze of narrow paths carved into the side of…

Spanish Style Gardens & Doors

Do you have a special local spot you go to when you need an escape from the bustle of daily life? For me, it’s the Spanish-influenced gardens and artisan shops at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. Every season brings different blooms and lush green vegetation thanks to our mild California climate. I last visited…

Behind the Green Door

The only visible signs of life inside this house in Nafplio, Greece are vines of greenery in search of sunlight through empty transom window panes and the green door left ajar. What else lies hidden behind the crumbling facade, weathered paint, and rusted windows of this once vibrant home? Happy memories of a good life…

Axes & Red Doors

No matter how often I visit family and friends in Connecticut, I always find time to visit Collinsville for lunch at LaSalle’s Market & Deli and a stroll around the historic Collins Axe Company. The vibrant, barn red buildings of the former Axe Factory house an antique shop, a variety of artisans, and other small,…

Cats & Doors

Ah, Monemvasia, one of my many favorite places in Peloponnese, Greece. This medieval fortress is cat-friendly and home to a small community of docile cats. As I strolled the narrow, cobblestoned lanes, I came across a variety of cats lounging near doors. What I found amazing was their indifference to my presence making it easy for…

Truck & Barn Doors

The owners of Flamig Farm in West Simsbury, Connecticut have a mighty good sense of humor. They’ve got a backward EGGS sign displayed on their roadside barn. To top it off, they’ve decorated the front lawn with a rusty blue truck and a trio of pumpkins artfully arranged near the truck’s front bumper. Ah, ya…

Horses & Doors

Some fresh air, a walk with the dog, and finding a few interesting doors to photograph was my motivation for a short excursion to a nearby horse stable yesterday. Buddy loves to be around the horses and they don’t seem to mind his calm presence. Check out the blue shoes on this white beauty. Hmm….

Peeking through the Gate Door

When traveling the back-roads of Greece, it’s fairly easy to lose your way, especially when you find yourself at a poorly marked crossroad. Somehow we always seem to choose the wrong road. But, we don’t worry, we’re on vacation, and often the “wrong” road leads us to an unforgettable adventure. On our last excursion to…

Crusty Old Doors

No matter where you go in Greece, you will find crusty old doors. It’s just how it is these days. The older generation has passed on, and the younger generation has moved away and doesn’t have the time or money to upkeep the old family home. These crusty old doors belong to buildings and homes…

The Seaside Village of Plitra

The fishing port village of Plitra (or Plytra) sits on a protected bay in the Laconia region of Peloponnese, Greece. It’s known for the ancient, sunken town of Asopos, as well as, a pristine Blue Flag beach. Filled with beachgoers during the summer, the population of Plitra dwindles to less than a hundred local residents…