Thursday Doors – The Mouth of the Dragon

Would you enter this door?

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Outside of Vientiane, Laos, is a unique collection of statues and such called Buddha Park. This structure is meant to identify the world and its three levels with the tree of life extending from the top. You enter through the mouth of a demon. There’s an outer gallery with inner chambers on each floor. You can make your way all the way up to the roof, which affords a view of the entire park.

It was a bit of a gray day, which seems to add to the mood of this place and this structure, in particular!

Having recently returned from a trip to Laos and Cambodia, I have hopes of finding lots of interesting doors to post here on Thursday Doors from the thousands of pictures I took. Thanks to Norm for hosting!

 

Thursday Doors – September 15, 2016

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I only see one door, so I would guess it is the entrance. Glad they let us know!

Taken somewhere in New Mexico…exploring a bit of the southwest and exploring the possibility of owning an RV. That test passed for me, but failed for my husband!

Happy Trails and Happy Doorscursions…whatever mode of transportation you use!

Thanks goes to Norm for hosting!

Thursday Doors -July 7, 2016

I realized that it is Thursday and that I have been saving a picture for Thursday Doors for a long time. I planned to post it on or about July 3, you can guess why from the image. I guess I am not too late and since July 3 was not a Thursday, I am not going to beat myself up!

Located in rural Oregon…

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The old jail, dated July 3, 1918, still stands. No longer used, it is still a reminder that these are not places you want to go!

Thanks to Norm for hosting…check out his and other Thursday Doors Posts!

 

Thursday Doors – May 19, 2016

Norm and his followers have a thing about doors! Check it out here.

My post for this week takes us to Canada again…a frigid, grey day along the Via Rail route between Vancouver and Toronto. I have been trying to research where we actually stopped, but you can see that it was, indeed, COLD!!!!

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As we had a chance to depart the train, most people donned their coats, hats, gloves and whatever they had to keep them warm….and went the opposite way I did. They were apparently more interested in a rushed walk about and some air outside the train. It seemed obvious to me that there was nothing of interest toward that little train station. There was one other person who had a camera and headed toward this deserted building. We were drawn to the curious and colorful, if old, artwork on this relic. I can only assume it is an old warehouse, long abandoned, but at some time painted with depictions of history of the area.

If you know me, you will understand that the very short…say 10 to 15 minute stop…was not long enough to explore this find, so I just snapped as many pictures as I could. I will admit that the temperature of well below zero degrees celsius was not an incentive to linger long!

I wonder about the people, the products, and the stories that could be told of this old gem!?!

PS – If you see this and can tell me where I was, that would be appreciated!!!

All images © Valorie Webster

 

Thursday Doors – May 5, 2016

Thanks to Norm for hosting Thursday Doors!

Last week I posted from Toronto and today is from the same city.

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Not a particularly imposing door, but still stately, I think.

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Another building that was preserved (well, at least the facade!) and now stands juxtaposed with very modern architecture. This always intrigues me!

Thanks for taking a look! Happy door chasing!

All images © Valorie Webster

Thursday Doors – April 28, 2016

In conjunction with the very popular Thursday Doors theme, hosted by Norm…

Today I have selected another subject from the recent trip to Toronto, The Campbell House Museum.

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An interesting article here, tells that this building was actually saved and moved to the current location. Another article is actually copied below, with credits given in the article:

“Saving Old House Inspires Preservation”

This text is from the free Toronto in Time app, which was created by The Canadian Encyclopedia…

When the Queen Mother officially opened Campbell House in its new University Avenue location, Torontonians saw a treasure from their past restored. In a city that had been demolishing many of its finest old buildings, this demonstration of reverence for a distinguished work of 19th-century architecture and a piece of Toronto history showed a change in public opinion in favour of heritage preservation. The Campbell House was built by Sir William Campbell, Chief Justice of Upper Canada, and his wife Hannah in 1822. The stately Georgian house originally stood at what is now the intersection of Adelaide and Frederick streets. After serving as a private residence for most of the 19th century, it was turned into a business office and even a factory for horseshoe nails as its neighbourhood transformed into a commercial and industrial area. In 1972, its owners, the Coutts-Hallmark Greeting Cards Company, wanted to use its location for a parking lot. They offered the building to anyone who would move it.

Given the home’s association with a former Chief Justice, an association of trial lawyers (The Advocates’ Society) raised the funds to move the Campbell House to its present location. The move was a spectacular public event. Streets were shut down and crowds gawked as the 270-tonne structure crept the 1617 metres to its new foundation.

Today the Campbell House is a museum and art gallery, as well as a club for members of the Advocates Society. Most importantly, its move inspired those who shared a love for architectural integrity and a sense of history to unite in preserving remnants of Old Toronto.

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This being a post about doors, this one is admirable, but I also enjoyed the placement of this old Georgian beauty in front of a more modern (though nothing as modern as many in Toronto…watch for a future post) building behind it.

Unfortunately, the museum was not open when we went by, so no pictures of the inside. You can find those online too!

Happy doorscovering!

 

Thursday Doors – April 21, 2016

If you have been following my blog, you know that we recently took a railway trip across Canada and spent some time in Toronto.

At the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto I found this intriguing installation of doors! You might imagine how exciting this was for a door hound! Woof! Woof!

I think the pictures I took tell the story…

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Though my husband didn’t see what I saw here, he waited patiently, while I strolled around the exhibit and snapped away. These are not the beautiful doors we generally see in the Thursday Doors posts, but they certainly tell a story.

Check out more doors over at the host’s site…Norm 2.0. (I don’t really think he seems like a grumpy old man!)

 

Thursday Doors – April 14, 2016

Big doors, little door and shutter doors…there is a plethora of blue doors to be found in Greece! The white and blues with the sunshine and blue skies are stunning…even almost blinding!

If you have not visited Greece, and get a chance, I suggest the smaller island of Sifnos. The pace is slower, crowds are less and you still get the beauty and simplicity of their architecture. The people are friendly and laid back.

Even if old, abandoned or small, the blue is still evident…

And if blue is not your color, go somewhere else! Or, you could keep looking…

Yes, I had to sit on that lovely little porch!

Happy Trails and Door Searching!

PS – How could I forget…drop by and check out Norm’s Thursday Doors and join in the postings, if you wish! Thanks, for hosting, Norm!

(all images © Valorie Webster)