“Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life”. – Eleanor Roosevelt

In Paris, which is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, I found myself always craning my neck and looking up. Up at the gorgeous architecture and the overly ornate doors that withhold centuries of history. Perhaps my borderline obsession with doors is the mystery of what lurks behind. Or else it is just the amazing diversity and beauty of them. Who knows, but for whatever reason I found myself unwilling to stop taking pictures of them. I was fascinated by each and every door I saw, old, new, plain or ornate.

Here are a few of the doors that captured my imagination the most.

P1010431 P1010430 P1010428 P1010437 P1010435 P1010434 P1010426 P1010425 P1010432 P1010324 P1010327 P1010321 P1010319 P1010318 P1010317 P1010302 P1010294 P1010291 P1010290 P1010299 P1010300 P1010298 P1010297 P1010288 P1010277 P1010295 P1010296 P1010269 P1010158 P1010156 P1010082 P1010081


Author’s note: This post is part of my series on my recent trip to France. To read my most recent post on Paris, click here. 

Stay tuned…


  1. I love doors, too. These are beautiful and I felt pulled in to your photographs so that I wanted to open the doors and peek in. Good job!

  2. What a great series! Growing up in Michigan my small town published a poster of the doors in our city and our front door – a bright blue one, made the poster. I love the way that doors give you a sneak peek into a private life. Thanks for the post and the memory.

    1. Thanks so much! I think the new camera that I got last summer has really made a difference in my pictures. They are so much better! WHat’s not to love in Paris, too?!

  3. Love the photos… and the doors all look so new 😉 I have been drawn to take photos of doors since I saw this really cool one in Cuba a few years back. East of Malaga is hosting a door photo challenge this month… you should check it out!

    1. Oh I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to go to Cuba! Someday I hope! I would also love to do the challenge but am so swamped!!! What is the address for the blog? Sounds cool. I bet I can just google it too…East of Malaga!

      1. Thanks so much for sending this! What an awesome blog!!! I don’t know if my pics are as colorful but I will try to join in on the challenge or do next months. Thanks so much for thinking of me! 🙂

      2. No problem… good to share. I thought you knew of this blog… our circle, I have noticed, share a lot of the same bloggers. Glad you enjoyed it.

      3. I have seen here picture before but haven’t followed her blog! Wow, I’ve missed a lot. I agree, we all do tend to know and follow each other. I rarely have time to search out new blogs so unless someone comments on mine a lot, then I usually don’t learn about them unless something like this happens. Thanks for letting me know as I’ve added her to my must-reads!

  4. I too love to photograph doors Nicole and enjoyed this when we traveled through Mexico. These photos are especially beautiful. 🙂

  5. What a fantastic selection of doors, Nicole. Paris really IS one of the most beautiful cities in the world 🙂

    Stunning photos, too. Do you mind if I ask what camera you use?

    1. Thanks! I LOVE my camera. I just got it last summer and it is a Panasonic DMC-FZ150. I don’t shoot in raw but you have the option. It is awesome. I also process in lightroom which I love! 🙂

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