Saturday, April 14, 2018

DOORS OF MEXICO: LAS PUERTAS DE MEXICO



I have a fascination with doors. I was not aware of this fascination until living in the Spanish colonial town of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. Walking the cobblestone streets of this beautiful town I found myself constantly confronted with one colorful or unique door after another. It seems evident from the number of hits in Google Photos. Flickr, and Amazon Prime that doors are a popular subject. Search “mysterious door” or “secret door” and thousands of results pop up. What is it about doors that is so compelling?





The pineapple is a symbol of "welcome" which is why it often embellishes doors. Aren't these doors in San Miguel beautiful and unique?

In a literal sense, doors represent the unknown as in “I wonder what’s behind this door?” Doors are often symbolically endowed with ritual purposes. The guarding or receiving of the keys to a door or being granted access to a door can have special significance. Similarly, doors and doorways frequently appear in metaphorical or allegorical situations, literature, and the arts, often as a portent of change.

For those of you who cannot wait, here is the link to my photo album:

THE DOORS OF MEXICO AND BEYOND



Front door and back door with some serious entry steps as seen in San Miguel.  Watch your step!


  More insane entry steps such as these are often seen in San Miguel and can be especially challenging in the evenings.   



Elaborate front door and smaller "service entry door" to its side.  I wonder what "OUI" is all about?

A door is an important element of a house, a symbol of passage from one place to another, one state to another, from light to darkness. Doors also have an aesthetic role in creating an impression of what lies beyond.



The oldest and best panaderia (bakery) in San Miguel is called the Blue Door Panaderia.  Very appropriate!



One of my favorite residential doors in San Miguel de Allende and I also love the cactus!


Doors can symbolize hope, opportunity, opening, passage from one state or world to another, entrance to new life, and initiation.  Knock, knock, who's there?

Entrances to holy places (temples, cathedrals) are not necessarily invitations to participate in the mysteries contained inside. The act of passing over the threshold means that the faithful must set aside their personalities and materialism, to confront the inner silence and meditation that it symbolizes.



Convent and Church of Our Lady of Belen in Antigua, Guatemala


These fantastic carved doors are found on the Cathedral of Cusco in Peru

As an access to a refuge or the warmth of a hearth, a door also symbolizes communication, contact with others, and with the outside world. An open door attracts because it signifies welcome, invites discovery, but a door can also signify imprisonment and isolation. A closed door signifies rejection, exclusion, secrecy, but also protection against dangers and the unknown.



Doors to this old cantina in El Centro de San Miguel are an invite to a cool drink and possibly an interesting conversation.


I obviously find doors fascinating as is evident by my photograph album that is part of this posting. The variations of doors and their design and decor are endless. I rarely left the house without taking my camera because I never knew when another door photo opportunity would present itself. A friend of mine while visiting made the statement "San Miguel is like eye candy." I have never forgotten that statement and especially in regards to its doors.



My friend Karen said San Miguel de Allende was "eye candy" nailed it and Laura Fraser, a favorite writer of mine, lived it. 


Consequently, for a little variety from my normal blog postings, I have decided to make this post all about the visual pleasure of some of my favorite doors. At the bottom of this page you will also find a link to my photograph album with many, many additional doors just in case you become fascinated (obsessed?) with doors like me. Enjoy my world of doors. I hope this might be an opening of a new door for you and yours!



Navigating the cobblestone streets in San Miguel is the price you have to pay to find special doors!



One of my favorite pedestrian-only alleys in San Miguel is full of crayon colored residences and doors.


Appearing on all sorts of decor from doors to quilts the pineapple symbolizes those intangible assets we appreciate in a home: warmth, welcome, friendship and hospitality.


This old structure in San Miguel with its stone windows and doors certainly takes you back in time.


Our front door in Merida was chosen as the local produce "market" for the day by this lovely couple. Welcome!  


Oh, if only these doors could speak and tell us of its history!


I felt especially pretty in my red holiday huipil with these doors as the background in San Miguel de Allende.


Patiently waiting for the door to open for the weekly burro delivery in San Miguel de Allende.


Maybe you might want to translate "Cantina las Perras" for your own edification!


This door makes me want to sneak in and take a peak!  


Door is holding up well, but the walls not so much!  


I can't decide whether blue doors or red doors are my favorite.  And yours?


Mother and daughter found this beautifully painted garage door with San Miguel (St. Michael the Archangel) while exploring the backstreets of San Miguel de Allende.


A favorite photo I found from San Miguel which I call "White Dog with Black Eye and Blue Door."


I remember hearing many years ago that a picture is worth a thousand words. Those words definitely contributed to and inspired me in the creation of MEXICO AND BEYOND: LAURA'S PHOTO JOURNEY.

Click on the following link to go to my WEB ALBUM which has additional photos for this posting. CONSIDER YOURSELF WARNED: THIS IS A LARGE ALBUM WITH MANY, MANY DOORS!

THE DOORS OF MEXICO AND BEYOND

Please don't be shy! I sincerely appreciate hearing from my readers with their questions, comments, and suggestions. Until then, gracias and safe travels! Laura


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