Thursday Doors – October 12, 2017 – Hermitage Museum

St. Petersburg, Russia.

The featured image shows a beautiful open door with an inviting room behind. The walls and the floors are rather exceptional as well.

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There are so many rooms of treasure in this museum, that there are almost endless doors to photograph. I only snapped eight of these doors for this post.

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Here we have a door just beyond the door.

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If you look closely, you will see the door into the main reception hall at the head of the stairway. That door is almost 20 feet high, based in the size of the people in front of it.

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Thursday Doors is a weekly challenge sponsored by Norm Frampton on his blog Norm 2.0. Follow the link to see many other doors from around the world.

 

Cruise Day 7 – St. Petersburg, Russia and Thursday Doors – October 5, 2017

For Thursday Door pictures, just page through all of the palace photos to see many wonderful doors in Catherine’s Palace.

What happened to Cruise Days 5 and 6 ?

Returning to Cruise Day 4, you might remember that we were deluged by a major storm that soaked those passengers coming back by train from Berlin. In fact, the wind was so strong that the ship was not allowed to leave the port until the next morning. That meant that we missed the port stop of Tallinn, Estonia. It was a two day sail to Estonia from Wismar, Germany, and we therefore passed Tallinn about 7:00 PM on the day after we left. That meant we were back on schedule at the cost of one port stop. It also meant two full days at sea (Days 5 and 6).

On Day 7, we woke up to a beautiful sunny morning at the Cruise Port for St. Petersburg. Here are a few pictures from our verandah deck:

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The following picture is of Lakhta Center, which is going to be a 462 meter tall skyscraper with an amphitheater at the bottom left. You can follow the link for more information on Wikipedia.

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The next picture is of Krestovsky Stadium, one of the venues in Russia that will handle the 2018 FIFA World Cup. This stadium has been calculated to be 518% behind schedule and 548% over budget.

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I think this is a new power station built to support the needs of the new Lakhta Center.

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From the ship, we boarded a coach for the half hour ride to the Catherine Palace, also know as the Summer Palace. The featured image was taken in the front courtyard, looking down the 325 meter long front of the palace.

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Here are a few more pictures from that front courtyard.

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Here is the front gate into the courtyard:

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Once inside, we were lead to the grand ballroom, or ‘Grand Hall’ or ‘Hall of Lights’. The room takes the whole width of the building, so you will see doors and windows on both sides surrounded by gold overlay wood carvings.

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The ceiling has a wonderful fresco titled the ‘Triumph of Russia’:

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The ballroom floor has a marvelous design that we were told was used to indicate the starting point for each dancer for some of the ballroom dances.

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I managed to capture a picture of myself in one of the beautiful mirrors positioned between each set of doors:

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From the ballroom, we were led down a series of formal rooms known as the Golden Enfilade. The first room is the Courtiers-in-Attendance Dining Room :

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In the corner of each of these rooms is a tall ceramic stove used to keep the room warm during the cold winters:

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Here is a closeup of the designs on the ceramic:

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Each room along the Golden Enfilade had its own theme and purpose. Here are some photos of interest along the way:

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The next three photos are of almost priceless vases enclosed in protective boxes.

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Notice the photographer in the mirror in the rear.

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Another ceiling fresco.

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Another beautiful floor design.

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Now we have moved to the residence next to the palace. Notice the design change and the lack of gold.

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I am sorry if this is overwhelming. The displays were quite overwhelming just walking from one room to the next. There was also a room covered in amber. We were not allowed to take pictures in this room.

From here we went out to the gardens behind the palace.  I think I will save that for my next post.

 

 

 

 

Thursday Doors – September 21, 2017

Porvoo, Finland – My wife and I just got back from a two week Baltic cruise that included a visit in Helsinki, Finland. We made several stops on a tour of the area, including a wonderful stop in the Medieval town of Porvoo. Here is a shot that I posted earlier this evening of one of the cobblestone streets of this picturesque town:

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I felt is was appropriate to add this shot because of the half-door on the right hand side of the photo.

Now for some door shots from our excursion:

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Welcome back, Norm, from your three week hiatus. I loved your photos from Woody Point, Newfoundland. Everyone should follow this link to enjoy Norm’s wonderful blog and support this weekly venture: The Doors of Woody Point – Newfoundland

Thursday Doors – July 20, 2017

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature hosted by Norm Frampton on his blog ‘Norm 2.0’. This week he features Le Chemin du Roy (The King’s Road), Ste-Anne de la Pérade Church. Follow the link for one of Norm’s wonderful posts.

This week, I want to feature some of the lovely doors from Chatham, Massachusetts at the south east corner of Cape Cod. My wife and I did a ‘walkabout’ while there for a wedding a few weeks ago, so I had a great chance to capture some wonderful doors.

This featured image is a lovely blue door on one of the older buildings in this colonial town. I featured this door on a post for Tuesdays of Texture along with the plaque affixed to the house next to the door.

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Right next to this quaint little cottage is a wonderful garage with two lovely doors:

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Here are several other doors captured during this doorscursion:

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Finally, I just had to post the front of a small house on one of the side streets in the town. Perhaps you can guess why.

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Thursday Doors – June 29, 2017

Two Churches in Chatham, Massachusetts

My wife and I attended a wonderful wedding in Chatham, Massachusetts last weekend. While there, we went on a photo excursion that, of course, included some wonderful doors. For this week I will post a few pictures of two of the churches in town.

The first church is Saint Christopher’s Episcopal church.

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The second church on main street is the First Congregational Church organized on 1720.

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There were two smaller and less interesting side doors, but they must be included to complete the series:

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Then follow the blue link to other great Thursday Door entries.

 

Thursday Doors – June 15, 2017

Today I have a brief tale of dealing with the front door on our home.

Two weeks ago i did my biennial (once every two years) job of sanding and treating the outside surface of our front door. This keeps the door in tip-top shape, especially since the door does not receive much direct sunlight.

While treating the doors, i rediscovered that the flush bolt on the stationary panel was missing a part, so the latch at the bottom of the door would not raise the bolt out of the door sill. This meant that I had to use a screwdriver to slowly pry up the bolt out of the sill so that I could open the non-active panel for treatment.

Well, ignoring the problem for another year was just plain lazy, so I called our home builder to see about replacing the flush bolt. He passed me on to his door agent, who passed me on to DSA Doors in Raleigh, NC where the original door was purchased. When I contacted the service department at DSA doors, they wanted me to text them pictures of the entire door and of the flush bolt so that they could order the correct parts.

So, I decide that this episode would make a decent reintroduction to my usual Thursday Doors posts. The featured image is of the flush bolt extending down into the sill, and the second picture is of my reconditioned front door.

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We have since replaced the worn out welcome mat in front of the door and I am still awaiting the arrival of the new flush bolt. Then Donny Mills, our home builder, will send over someone to help me take down the very heavy door panel and install the new part.


Stop over the Norm Frampton’s blog called ‘Norm 2.0’ and see his entry The One-Room Chapels of Ile D’Orleans, Québec.

 

Thursday Doors – April 20, 2017

Doors of Old San Juan

Today I have a treasure trove of pictures from the streets of Old San Juan. This city has some of the most beautiful cobblestone streets and brightly painted buildings to be found anywhere in the world. I selected the Featured Image because the door-within-a-door aspect seemed appropriate.

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My wife and I have been to Puerto Rico several times in the past, so we decided to avoid any excursions offered by Holland America and just do a door, window, tree, and general photo excursion. I will present the doors in the order that they were taken on our walk.

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We stopped at the Parrot Club on the recommendations of friends. We had a wonderful appetizer and their signature drink, the Passion Parrot. I had to include a photo of the drinks. They were fantastic:

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Here are two former doors that are now downtown art.

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I will end this doorscursion with a typical downtown building with a beautiful street lamp in the right foreground.

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To join the fun, hop over to Norm Frampton’s blog Norm 2.0. Then follow the blue frog at the end of his post about the doors in the Bank of Montreal to see all of the many other wonderful entries in this weekly challenge.

Thursday Doors – March 30, 2017

Continuing with my theme for this week, I will showcase door photos from St. Lucia. Because we were on a nature excursion, I did not get to visit any cities on the island to photograph their interesting doors. I did, however, find a few doors along the way.

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The following door is the main entrance into the plantation house for the Morne Coubaril Estate.

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These final doors are from an abandoned dwelling on a very small island that we sailed by as we were departing St. Lucia.

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Go take a peek at our host, Norm Frampton’s, blog ‘Norm 2.0’ to see his doors from ‘A Stroll around Montreal’s Chinatown‘. Scroll down to the bottom to find the little blue frog from InLinkz to find a pathway to all of this week’s Thursday Doors posts.

Thursday Doors – March 23, 2017

Today we have a guest photographer. My son Abe and his wife Maggie spent over a week in Ireland on their honeymoon. They just got home last evening. On their first full day in Dublin, they were able to capture 9 door photos that are very much worth sharing. I don’t have all of the details yet on each door, but perhaps Abe can fill those in for me after seeing this post. I know they visited the Guinness Brewery and Trinity College and went to see the Book of Kells in the college library.

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The Thursday Doors challenge is hosted by Norm Frampton on his ‘Norm 2.0’ blog. Follow the link to see his wonderful pictures from Le Gesù Church and Concert Hall – Downtown Montréal.