Featured Writer: Victoria De Maio
“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.”
Those everyday things, when the ordinary becomes extraordinary…a door isn’t simply a door, a window isn’t simply a window. Seen with a fresh eye, they capture our attention with their beauty and uniqueness. These interesting portals, passages that separate us as well as connect us, are often overlooked or taken for granted but if we just take a moment to pause and admire the details; the handiwork, the craftsmanship, the creativity, our experience can be so much richer and rewarding.
Doors and windows…entrances and exits… we step inside…we look inside…we look out on the world…we leave something behind… perhaps we enter the unknown…there is just something I love about it, literally and figuratively. For me there’s a curiosity combined with a kind of mystery and it kindles my imagination. What lies behind and beyond? Why was this particular one chosen and what message is the inhabitant trying to tell us? Welcome, go away, come in, knock first, privacy please, proceed with caution, I mean business, don’t mess with me!…My curiosity is peaked…I would love to know more…can’t I just take a peek, please?
Passages, drama, secrets, stories, lives… all hidden behind and within…who else has passed or looked through them? Beautifully crafted by hand, they now have that lovely patina that only comes with age…many years…indeed, many centuries …a patina that gives them character. Some well worn, maybe even neglected, and some refurbished and polished or given a fresh coat of paint…a new life, new beginnings. Oh, if they could talk! But they remain silent and stoic.
Well, at least they are fascinating to me and I know I’m not alone. Although, as I stopped (often) during my month in Tuscany and the Veneto to photograph doorknobs, door knockers, doors, and windows (and more!), I did meet with a few incredulous stares. Sometimes I felt almost like I was invading someone’s privacy. After all doors and windows are guardians of our privacy, aren’t they? Maybe I just watched too many Disney movies where “inanimate” objects come to life, but I do feel that they have a story to tell…
So, won’t you join me as I revisit some of my favorites? They deserve a little attention and appreciation, don’t you think? Let your imagination run wild…make up some stories…isn’t it fun?
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I love the door knocker photos. Some of them are incredibly detailed, and I love to find something like that for my home.
Thank you, Margaret! I loved taking the photos! They really are works of art, aren’t they? The more you notice these beautiful details, the more you see! Grazie for the visit!
Love the premise! Beautiful Thanks!
Thank you, Katt! Appreciate that you took the time to enjoy!
During my time in Italy, I also noticed the elaborate door handles and charming doors across the country. Even just the sizes of the doors varied so much and the designs were so interesting!
Dare I say it … great knockers, Lesley!
Glad you enjoyed the “knockers”, brass and otherwise!
I done a few posts on the amazing door knockers in Italy and doorways in Italy and gorgeous Helsinki. I find them fascinating too.
Ciao Debra! Thank you for taking the time to enjoy my post and share comments. Yes, Italy…so many fabulous photo opportunities! I noticed that you & Liz have apartments in Lucca. I would love info re: rental. My mother’s mother is from nearby Garfignana (sp?) and although I’ve visited Lucca (never long enough) I have yet to get there and feel I must!
I spent a month in Italy this past June so I hope you’ll take a few minutes to enjoy more of my photos and blogs!
I will look at more of your posts…..I love anything to do with Italy. We do rent our apartments sometimes. I know the Garfagnana well. Bagni di Lucca is on the edge of the area known as the Garfagnana and we are building a house in. Vergemoli, right in the heart of the mountains there. If you look in the category New house in Vergemoli, you can see how it grew from a pile of rocks to a gorgeous 3 level stone house.
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