Travel theme: decoration.

First impressions last don’t they?!  Say what you like, but when faced with a new food – at home or on your travels – the first bite is definitely with the eye.  And I think the same is true when you see a new building for the first time.

I think doorways and entrances either make or break a building.  They make you want to go inside and explore more, learn their history, see their soul.  Or they make you think ‘if I turn around now there was an enticing little coffee shop just down the road.  It had the most amazing looking cakes and some very inviting seating in the sunshine, just waiting for me’!

Some of the ‘wow’ factor of a doorway is their scale, some of it is their presence and the way you can almost sense the history passing through their arches over the years.  But decoration plays a key part for me.  So, for Ailsa’s decoration travel theme this week, I’ve gone all out with some of my favourite doorways, near and far.  Hope you like them as much as I did!

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The beautiful arches and heavily carved wooden doors at Bath Cathedral, England.

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One of the entrances at Peliatan Royal Palace, Ubud.

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Those amazing gilt doors in more detail. The royal palace was so down to earth and accessible in some ways, and in other ways just so incredibly beautiful. A real testament to Balinese craftsmanship.

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A Chinese Taoist Temple in Penang, Malaysia.

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Amazing detail on these doors down a backstreet in Molyvos, on the Greek island of Lesvos.

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Golden grandeur leading up the steps to Wat Hua Lamphong, an incredibly opulent Royal Buddhist temple in Bangkok.

Behind each door is a story, an opportunity.  You just never know where those new doors might lead you.  It’s one of the things I love best about experiencing new places.

‘When a great moment knocks on the door of your life, it is often no louder than the beating of your heart, and it is very easy to miss it.’ (Boris Pasternak).

 

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