Thursday Doors: Weathered Doors

Continuing the Tour of Doors through San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, this week I’m featuring a collection of weathered doors. I loved how the patina of age and the result of exposure to sun and rain has worked their magic over the years. Just like last week’s rounded doors, and the carved doors the week before, these doors exemplify the unique beauty to be found in colonial Mexico.

Even though we walked by these doors often, they never offered us a peek inside.
Teal blue and terra cotta seemed to be a favorite color combination.
So many of the doors we encountered made us want to see what was inside.
Often the door’s beauty was enhanced by its surroundings.
Teal and terra cotta again… embraced by the bright blossoms of the bougainvillea.
Interesting translations: the sign over the door reads something like Bar of the Female Dog (or “Bitch”, which has the same negative meaning as in English). The sign to the side indicates that no women, people in uniforms, or anyone underaged are allowed. This was not an establishment in operation… I think the painted signs were just for fun. 
It looked like there were several layers of colors on this door.

Don’t forget to head on over to Norm’s blog to view his collection of doors from his trip to Nova Scotia, then click on the blue frog at the end of his post to see what others have shared.

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55 thoughts on “Thursday Doors: Weathered Doors”

  1. It is interesting to note how quickly any one of these lovely doors would be junked and replaced by something new and shiny, were they in the USA. There’s so much character in them.

  2. Just when I thought that the doors of San Miguel de Allende could not get any better…these doors are truly stunning. Your photography is exquisite. Each photo conveys many stories.

  3. Your weatherworn doors of San Miguel with all of their imperfections appear seasoned and experienced, like old wooden furniture in the back of an antique shop. Exquisite collection!

  4. Janis, if there was an Emmy Award for Best Doors, you would be the hands-down favorite to win. You have shown us some spectacular doors from San Miguel these past three weeks. The first one would make a beautiful Trompe L’ouil on an interior wall of a Spanish style home. Just beautiful!

  5. Janis, wouldn’t you like to have a cup of coffee with the folks living behind these doors. I romanticize an eclectic conversation. Keeping with the doors theme, I am playing a Jim Morrison tune in my mind, “People are strange…..” Thanks for sharing. Keith

  6. I remember wanting to paint a room terra cotta once – I love that colour – and then finding out that it would never ever look as it is supposed to because our light is so different. Now I’m loving that teal blue. I may just have to check into that one when I redo my small bathroom. Great photos again, Janis.

  7. I love aged things, be it doors or buildings. It’s almost as if you could stand there long enough, you will hear the stories from them.

  8. I don’t know whether I love the weathered doors or their unique colors more – our doors here in the U.S. pale by comparison. The teal and terra cotta combos are my favorite, and that teal door with the bougainvillea blossoms is just stunning. An artist would love to do drawings or paintings of these unusual doors – did you see anyone painting or sketching the doors?

    1. I don’t remember seeing anyone painting or sketching the doors but I do remember seeing a large poster with a bunch of pictures of doors (I assume from San Miguel). I thought that it might be fun to try a watercolor of one of the doors. I’m not an artist, but if it looks anywhere near being decent, I’ll share it.

      1. I think it would be fun for you to try. I watched those two women at historical Heritage Park and found it interesting going from a sketch and taking shape as they filled in with watercolors. It would be fun for you to do a side-by-side showing your photo handiwork and your watercolor handiwork.

  9. I didn’t realize how huge the doors were until you placed a person alongside! Even more impressive when evaluating with scale. They are so beautiful.

  10. I went crazy taking door photos in San Miguel de Allende! Yours are fantastic; you’ve captured every bit of texture and color in those magnificent pieces of architecture.

    1. Mexico provides such great subject matter for us door lovers. I enjoyed reading your older posts from your trips across the border (and, of course, the latest post about your trip to Madagascar). Great pictures too! I am looking forward to following your journeys.

  11. I appreciate that in our cold climate, the integrity of a good solid door is critical – which tends to make them all look the same. So it’s a real treat to see these old weathered doors that continue to survive long past their good-before date. Love #56 at the end. It’s exactly all those different colours poking through that make it so interesting.

    1. Good point, Joanne. These doors would be long gone in a climate of yearly sleet and snow. The sun can be brutal but not as brutal as long periods of moisture. Of course that’s no excuse for having boring doors where I live… maybe I’ll buy a can of teal paint…

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