The Paris Guide: Parisian Doors

April 11, 2019

Filed in: Field Guide

Even if you’re not a Paris fan, there is one concession I think everyone can make: the city is incredibly well-designed. I’m not talking about architecture (although I have all the heart eyes for that!) — I’m talking about the city planning. If you ever find yourself at the Louve, head over to the Arc de Triomphe du Carousel. Look through the middle arch, and you’ll see that the Arc de Triomphe (on the Champs-Elysées), sits right in the middle. Look behind you, and it’s the famed pyramid that’s now center stage.

If that’s not beautiful and orderly planning, I don’t know what is. (Besides French gardens, of course.) Although, today I’m sharing some of my favorite things to admire in the city that don’t have to do with city planning: the doors of Paris! Whether they’re brightly colored, toute petite, or imposingly tall, I love to get a good look at them. Each possesses a character and charm, and I can’t help but wonder what’s behind each of them. Oh, to be able to have one of them as my front door! (Many of them lead to apartments and it’s safe to say, I’m jealous!)

In no particular order, and with no memory of where, here’s a collection of doors I’ve stumbled across in the city of light. And don’t fret! If you ever come to Paris, there is a plethora of doors to be found and admired. Looking for a lovely one isn’t difficult, but it can be an adventure, if you let it! And for the brazen…you may just be able to slip inside. But you didn’t hear it from me!


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