Thursday Doors 2 July • Door Turned Into A Window

Door Turned Into A Window • Thursday Doors

Thursday Doors 2 July • Door Turned Into A Window

From my archives. Shot in Barcelona, Catalunia, Spain.

Door Turned Into A Window • Thursday Doors
Door Turned Into A Window • Thursday Doors

For Norm’s Thursday Doors 2 July.

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Thursday Doors 25 June • A Place In The Sun

A Seat Outside 2 • Thursday Doors

Thursday Doors 25 June • A Place In The Sun

In cities like the Hague only a few are blessed with place outside where they can sit in the sun. As such, everybody makes the most of it. Even if it means bending the rules a little bit and putting seats outside on the pavement (which, needless to say, is not their property) next to their front door. Fortunately, no one seems to care and the authorities seem to condone it.

A Place In The Sun
A Seat Outside 2 • Thursday Doors

For Norm’s Thursday Doors 25 June.

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Thursday Doors 18 June • A Few Doors In The Same Street

Yellow Door @ #122 • Thursday Doors

Thursday Doors 18 June • A Few Doors In The Same Street

In the previous post all the featured doors are located in the same street. I thought it would be fun to continue that theme.

Green Door @ #78 • Thursday Doors
Green Door @ #78 • Thursday Doors
Green Door @ #120 • Thursday Doors
Green Door @ #120 • Thursday Doors
Yellow Door @ #122
Yellow Door @ #122 • Thursday Doors

These are largely the same doors, safe for the glass-in-lead decorations.

Wooden Door
Wooden Door • Thursday Doors
Mutilated Door @ #88
Mutilated Door @ #88 • Thursday Doors

For Norm’s Thursday Doors 18 June.

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Thursday Doors 11 June • A Few Steps To The Front Door

Directly On The Street

Thursday Doors 11 June • A Few Steps To The Front Door

Almost all of the doors in Holland’s inner-cites are directly on the sidewalk. Like in this post, or the example below.

Directly On The Street
Directly On The Street

But some lucky bastards have the luxury of having to take a few steps towards the front door.

A Few Extra Steps • Thursday Doors
A Few Extra Steps • Thursday Doors
Kids' Drawing In The Front Yard • Thursday Doors
Kids Having Fun…
A sanded down Front door
Work-in-Progress?
Not much fantasy displayed here either...
Not much fantasy displayed here either…

But as these photos show, the Dutch do not really know how to appreciate those few extra steps to their front door.

A Few Steps To The Front Door for Norm‘s Thursday Doors 11 June.

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Thursday Doors 4 June • Garage Doors

Thursday Doors 4 June • Garage Doors

When I was much younger, one of my dreams was to once own a building with a garage as the ground floor. Being the city-slicker I am, this obviously had to be somewhere downtown. A place where I could tinker on my old-timers and could park my daily car. Obviously, while these houses do exist, they are hard to come by. And when you do find one, they’re generally hideously looking. Like some of these in The Hague:

Garage Doors 1 • Thursday Doors
Garage Doors 2 • Thursday Doors
Garage Doors 3 • Thursday Doors
Garage Doors 4

But there are notable exceptions…

Jügendstil Garage Doors

Especially in another town where I wouldn’t mind living, Cadaquès, Catalunia. Somehow the Spaniards have understood how to incorporate on-site garage doors in an aesthetically interesting way.

Cadaquès Garage Doors3
Cadaquès Garage Doors1
Cadaquès Garage Doors

Garage Doors for Norm‘s Thursday Doors 4 June.

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Thursday Doors 28 May • Short Doors

Short Doors • Thursday Doors

Thursday Doors 28 May • Short Doors

My previous posts mainly featured doors of a normal height, i.e. 2 to 2.10 meters, or some 6.6 – 6.9 foot. While the below doors may seem normal at first glance, they stand barely 1.80 meters or 5.9 foot tall. Short enough to give you a blinding headache if you’re not careful.

Thursday Doors 28 May • Short Doors
Thursday Doors 28 May • Short Doors

These short doors are usually situated on street level, and are the entrance to the souterrain (basement) which in the ‘old’ days was generally where the servants were housed. With today’s housing shortage they are now usually occupied by couples starting out.

More Short Doors • Thursday Doors
More Short Doors • Thursday Doors
Even More Short Doors
Even More Short Doors
Short Doors • Thursday Doors
In Need of Some TLC
In Need of Some TLC

Short Doors for Norm‘s Thursday Doors.

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Thursday Doors 21 May • Making Sense For The Postman

4 Letterboxes in the door

Thursday Doors 21 May • Making Sense For The Postman

In one of my previous posts I had focused on the number of doorbells per door, as an indication of the number of singles, couples or families living behind that door. But how does the postman make any sense of that?

Letterbox to the side
Letterbox to the side
Another letterbox to the side
Another letterbox to the side

One door, one name, one doorbell and one letterbox. Not much can go wrong here… so you think. Unless you’ve got an illiterate postman, or one one who doesn’t give a s***. Every year I receive dozens of letters that are clearly addressed to someone else. With a different address and a different zip-code. I stopped my mailman twice to confront him about it, quite nicely that is. At first. The grumpy bastard just didn’t give me any indication he gave a flying f***! Or maybe he was just masking his illiteracy. Or maybe both.

Another vertical letterbox beside the door
Another vertical letterbox beside the door
Letterboxes to the side and in the doors
Letterboxes to the side and in the doors

One thing I grant him, things can become a bit confusing, like in the above case. Which letterbox to use for #82? Or does it even matter?

Letterboxes to the side and in the doors 2
Another case of letterboxes to the side and in the doors
3 Letterboxes to the side
3 Letterboxes to the side
4 Letterboxes to the side
4 Letterboxes to the side
4 Letterboxes in the door
4 Letterboxes in the door

My postman isn’t the only one struggling. Delivery guys (girls) of door-to-door advertising folders and door-to-door weeklies have a hard time knowing what to deliver where. Hence the stickers you see

NO door-to-door advertising folders. NO door-to-door weeklies.

NO door-to-door advertising folders. YES to door-to-door weeklies.

Making Sense For The Postman for Norm‘s Thursday Doors 21 May.

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Thursday Doors 14 May • What’s Behind That Door

Doorway Flower Shop • Thursday Doors

Have you ever wondered, like me, what’s behind that door browsing through all the entries into Norm’s Thursday Doors challenge? In the western world we tend to keep our front doors firmly shut for a multitude of reasons. Not so in Cuba…

Doorway Flower Shop • Thursday Doors
Doorway Flower Shop • Thursday Doors

…where people tend to use their doorway to sell flowers for instance

…where people tend to leave their front door ajar

A Look Inside • Thursday Doors

…or have no front door at all

A Look Inside A Cuban Grocery Store • Thursday Doors
A Look Inside A Cuban Grocery Store • Thursday Doors

These photos are from my archive and were taken on a road trip through Cuba in 2016

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Clock Door • Thursday Doors May 7

Clock Door • Thursday Doors landscape

This Clock Door is my entry into Norm’s Thursday Doors challenge.

Clock Door • Thursday Doors
Clock Door • Thursday Doors

Over the past few months that I’ve been door-hunting, this is the only one with a large clock on top that I’ve come across. The clock has stopped working however, which is a shame. Took this photo at noon, this January.

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One Door, Many Bells • Thursday Doors

8 letterboxes, one door • thursday doors

One Door, Many Bells • Thursday Doors

For as long as anyone can remember there has been a housing shortage in the Netherlands. Even, or should I say especially, today. We’re short 80,000 affordable houses for rent, the so-called social rentals (sociale huurwoningen), primarily for young, starting families and couples.

Most of the houses behind the doors I’ve been showing were built for occupancy by one (affluent) family (and their servants). The family entrance usually consists of one, main front door. The servants’ door was usually on souterrain/basement level or a side-/back-entrance.

One way of solving this problem is to split up the 3- and 4-story houses into 3 or 4 different apartments, where each one would fit a starters-family. There are more than a few house-owners have converted their house(s) into separate apartments per floor. The front door then is the communal entrance.

3 bells, one door • thursday doors 1
3 Bells, One Door
3 Letterboxes, One Door
3 Letterboxes, One Door
3 Letterboxes, One Door
4 Bells, One Door • Thursday Doors
4 Bells, One Door

So far, it makes a lot of sense. Divvy up a house into maximum of 1 apartment per floor. But take a look at the following:

8 Bells, One Door • Thursday Doors
8 Bells, One Door
8 letterboxes, one door • thursday doors
8 letterboxes, one door

One Door, Many Bells for Norm’s Thursday Doors.

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