Entranced

Sharing a post today from three years ago. It’s a travel-themed favourite. ūüôā

Jennifer's Journal

Have you ever been impressed by the beauty of a door? The world is filled with doorways* and entrances, but here are several that left me either pleased by their quaintness, awed by their workmanship, or entranced by their immensity and grandeur. All before ever setting one foot inside.

For starters, a charming little one from the Barbour Heritage Village in my town:

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This entrance in Bonavista with its crisp contrasting colours and symmetry:
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In Montreal, the beauty and craftsmanship of this splendid doorway: Montreal 2009 016

‚Ķand how about the opulence of this entrance in Cannes? No, we didn‚Äôt stay there‚Ķ ūüėČ
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We stayed here, our inviting little home away from home:
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The view through our balcony doors was also appealing, beckoning us outside.
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Hard to top the view of Lake Maggiore from our patio doors in Stresa:
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Here’s a closer look of the northern Italian lake:
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In Paris, the entrance…

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Entranced

Have you ever been impressed by the beauty of a door? The world is filled with doorways* and entrances, but here are several that left me either pleased by their quaintness, awed by their workmanship, or entranced by their immensity and grandeur. All before ever setting one foot inside.

For starters, a charming little one from the Barbour Heritage Village in my town:

benjamindoor

This entrance in Bonavista with its crisp contrasting colours and symmetry:
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In Montreal, the beauty and craftsmanship of this splendid doorway: Montreal 2009 016

…and how about the opulence of this entrance in Cannes? No, we didn’t stay there… ūüėČ
France 133

We stayed here, our inviting little home away from home:
France 146

The view through our balcony doors was also appealing, beckoning us outside.
France 183

Hard to top the view of Lake Maggiore from our patio doors in Stresa:
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Here’s a closer look of the northern Italian lake:
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In Paris, the entrance to the Notre Dame Cathedral is imposing…
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…and so elaborately adorned.
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How about this golden carved door in Florence?
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I saved my personal favourite, also in Florence, for last.
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*Ailsa’s Weekly Travel Theme: Doorways @ wheresmybackpack.com

Photo Challenge: Inviting Nighttime

During our trip to Italy and France in 2011, I took hundreds of photos, the majority of which were daytime shots. Here are some favourite captures from two of France’s cities in late evening and night.

I still find them as inviting as ever.

Cannes

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Lights wink on as dusk descends.
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Window-shopping in Cannes; almost as fun as the real thing!
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Boulevard de la Croisette invites us to explore. Ritz Carlton on the right.
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The Croisette stretches 2 km long beside the Mediterranean Sea.
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The entrance to our hotel beckons.
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Home Sweet Home for three nights.

On to Paris:

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The view from our hotel for four nights

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On the Seine River Dinner Cruise…
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…which ended at the Eiffel Tower.
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Bonne nuit, mes amis!  

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime

Weekly Travel Theme: Inviting

Scenes From France – Part One: Cannes

Our group of four left Italy by train, eager to begin¬†the next leg of our¬†adventure in a new country.¬† Beautiful France awaited!¬† Our first destination was Cannes on the French Riviera, and it didn’t disappoint.¬†¬†Warm, sunny¬†weather, beautiful sandy beaches, exceptional shopping venues, and cuisine par excellence¬†epitomized a delightful tourist experience. The Cannes Film Festival was over for the year, hence we saw no celebrities. ¬† But I hope my photos give you some idea of why I recommend Cannes as a preferred vacation spot.

Almost there!
View of the gorgeous C√īte d’Azur from the train..
entrance to our lovely hotel
view from our balcony

This is where I’m staying next time ūüėČ
Let’s have a look around!


cool sculpture
Did I mention this place?
temperatures in the 30’s (celsius) most days we were there





Coming soon:  Paris..