Thursday Doors: Las Puertas de Oaxaca, Uno

One year ago this month, my husband and I began a six-week stay in Oaxaca, Mexico. Although I wrote about our trip when I returned (you can read about it here, here, and here), for some reason, I never got around to posting my pictures of the doors we encountered along the way. Recently, as I was going through the zillions of pictures I had in my files, I realized that I needed to remedy that. As you will see, Oaxaca has doors worth sharing, and it will take more than a single Thursday Doors to do that (which is why my title of this post is “uno”).

A door for giants.
Notice the pictures inside the house numbers.
This lovely door is the entrance to a home nestled into the arch of an aqueduct built in the mid-1700s.
Free form metal gate allows the breeze to come in.
Sometimes what surrounds the door is more interesting than the door itself.
Really a window but it goes with the door below.
I would have loved to see inside of this artist’s home.

Thursday Doors is a link-up of fellow door aficionados generously hosted by Norm Frampton. Head over to his blog and click on the rana azul (blue frog) to view all the amazing doors he and others have posted.

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My blog is about travel, relationships, photography, and whatever else pops into my head (even, sometimes, issues surrounding retirement and aging).

73 thoughts on “Thursday Doors: Las Puertas de Oaxaca, Uno”

  1. Oh! Wow!! Door paradise! The first one is a door and a half. How clever to incorporate those framed pictures into the house number. Neat idea. I just love arched doorways, and the gate is magnificent.

    But the ‘matching’ window and door are super. Can’t wait to see more of these beauties. Thanks for tackling those files! Lol.
    🔹 Ginger 🔹

  2. These are wonderful. You sure started with a bang – those first ones are massive. I like the variety as much as anything about this collection and the warm colours too.
    Already looking forward to your next installment 🙂

      1. Every time I look at a door, I start to think about how it might have been made. I would guess veneer, but even that would be a challenge.

  3. What artistic doors – I enjoyed looking at them, and how unusual with the photos inside the numbers. I would not have noticed if you had not pointed them out. I am going to check out the earlier posts as well.

      1. I did – I traveled a lot when I was younger, and always liked to visit small towns to get a local flavor of the place, but was never lucky enough to spend as much time as you did here. What a great opportunity you and your husband had.

  4. They really are beautiful, Janis. What a wonderful six week adventure you must have enjoyed! I really do love the metalwork on those outer doors. They’re definitely works of art!

    1. I think that when you have to create things yourself (not just pick it up from the local big box hardware store), you can allow yourself to be more creative. We really enjoyed staying in one place for an extended period of time.

      1. I’m the same way with photos from Philadelphia, where one of our daughters lives, and France, where I have relatives. Those two place are where most of my door shots come from.

  5. These are ultra-cool doors, Janis! I also loved the pictures inside of the house number.
    I look forward to seeing what other doors you have in store for us from this trip!

    1. I couldn’t believe how many I had in my file! They are all so different; some artistic, some showing beautiful decay, some that just caught my eye for whatever reason. I’m glad I’m able to share these with other door enthusiasts.

  6. Love, love, love these photos!! Thanks for posting them. Also, what an adventure to live in a different culture for a while! I hope to do something similar when my husband and I retire!

    1. Although it’s great to see a lot of different places, slow travel is very appealing because it allows you to better immerse yourself in the local flavor. It also can be a cheaper way to go since you have the option of less expensive longer-term rentals or even of providing house sitting services in exchange for free lodging. I hope you and your husband are able to enjoy this form of traveling too!

  7. Wow! There are some fantastic ones here. Love the grates on the windows and those first huge doors are fantastic!

    Isn’t it crazy how many pictures we collect? It’s hard to know where to start and where to end with sharing them. I’m glad you included these. Looking forward to Dos!

    1. I’ve been working on better organizing my photos recently (which led me to look at my Oaxaca photos again) and, yes, I have a ton of images. I need to learn to delete the ones that aren’t good up front so I don’t have to look at them again… and again.

  8. I am also passionate about doors whenever I go but I admit that Oaxaca has by far the best doors I’ve seen. I really enjoyed seeing your pictures! 🙂

  9. Wowzer! You get mega-points for the collection of unique doors! I could comment on each and every one, but the last one with the blue-green stripes and iron grate speaks to me!

    I’m most intrigued by the house built under a viaduct. Now we’re talking REALLY different. Seeing the inside would be so interesting! With the exception of windows on either end, I can’t imagine there is any natural light inside … although in Mexico’s heat, I imagine the coolness of the inside would be blissful on a hot day.

    1. There were a few homes built into the arches but this one had the nicest door. Maybe they had windows in the back but I couldn’t tell. When we were in Oaxaca it was pretty warm so I imagine the stone walls provided relief from the heat. You would love that whole area… lots of artists.

  10. Gorgeous doors for sure! Have you ever read Joe’s posts over at Month at a Time Travel? He just returned from Mexico and has some fabulous photos as well.

    1. Thank you! Joe and I have been blogging friends for quite a while, since he spent one of those months in San Diego. In fact, I think my trip to Oaxaca encouraged his. And now he is in Spain and Portugal. Where I’d love to go one of these days. Isn’t it nice how our blogging community works!

      1. We lived in Mexico for a year and traveled extensively but have always regretted that we didn’t get to Oaxaca. We will have to rectify that someday.

  11. I love all of the doors you’ve posted, Janis, but my very favourite is the last door and window from the artist’s home. I have a cabinet in my art studio that looks just like that door. I love that the look is both immediately creative and also very natural as if the paint has just worn off and no one has bothered to repaint it.
    Looking forward to more doors.

  12. Janis, your beautiful photos of beautiful doors just inspired me to go down the google maps rabbithole, retracing my first trip to Mexico more than 30 years ago, which started and ended in Mexico City, and included a number of multi-day side trips, including a tour of the Yucatan Penisula and a visit to Cozumel. Sadly, I have never made it to Oaxaca, though.


    1. I would love to visit Mexico City one of these days. I think just visiting the museums alone could take a solid month. Oaxaca is beautiful but Mexico has so much to offer its hard to choose where to visit.

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