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Friday, October 28, 2005

Los Altos, CA

On Main Street in Los Altos, you can find this florist that is ready for Halloween. If you think you have seen better decorated front doors, then please send photos of them to frontdoors@gmail.com and tell me where you took that picture. We are running low on stock, so please keep sending those shots of doors!!

And... Happy Halloween!! Boooooo!!
posted by /T/ at 4:05 AM
Thursday, October 27, 2005

Selånger, Sweden
This is the main entrance to the church of Selånger. Selånger has been a central part of Medelpad for a long time. It's earliest history is over a 1000 years old. One of the reasons it has played a big role was because of the St. Olofs harbour located here that was the only harbour in the central province Medelpad until the 16th century. The parish was dominated by the agricultural sector. There were no industries in the parish, except for a number of brickworks.
posted by /T/ at 2:14 AM
Thursday, October 20, 2005

Buenos Aires, Argentina
This door can be found in Buenos Aires, the most European of all Latin American cities. With its wide boulevards, leafy parks, grand buildings and varied culture and nightlife, the city is reminiscent of Paris or Barcelona. The Porteños (‘people of the port’), as the residents of Buenos Aires are called, seem more European too – but this is hardly surprising considering that most are descended from European, predominately Italian, immigrants who settled here in the 19th century. With them came a culture and a cuisine that still flavours the city and can be enjoyed in countless art galleries, theatres and museums, as well as fine restaurants. Photo by Raphael Cruz.
posted by /T/ at 3:44 AM
Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Schiphol, the Netherlands
Schiphol is the official name of the Amsterdam Airport and the town where it is located. And at the departure hall of the airport you can find this entrance to the Grand Cafe "Het Paleis" (The Palace). Schiphol started in 1916 as a small military airport of only 40 acres. On May 17th 1920 it had it's first regular passenger flight to London. In the early days the below sea level airport was often not dry enough so in often airplanes had to be dragged out of the mud. Only after the airport was bought by the city of Amsterdam in 1926 the airport was improved significantly. Today Schiphol is the 4th largest European airport with more than 40 million passengers per year.
posted by /T/ at 3:26 AM
Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Front Door of the month: September
Today I am announcing you the third front door of the Month in the Front Doors' history. We got this month more votes than ever. I wonder if that is related to a marketing campaign one of the contestants launched on his own blog. Anyway marketing or not, the convincing and deserved winner of the title Front Door of the month September 2005 is the door of the gatehouse of the Saville Dam in Barkhamsted, CT sent in by Bill Owens.Bill Owens has been nominated before, but this month he was unbeatable. His photo was first placed on this Blog on September 13th. Congratulations Bill, you are a deserved winner! I hope you keep sending in those great photos.

Please join me in congratulating Bill Ownes with his winning photo!!

This photo will be on display a few days while the editor is relocating internationally. Please keep sending in photos, we are low on stock so we can use your contribution. And who knows, your photo might be the next front door of the month.
posted by /T/ at 7:29 PM
Sunday, October 09, 2005

Skopje, Macedonia

This is the impressive entrance to the Main Orthodox Chuch St. Clement of Ohrid in Skopje, Macedonia. The church was only built 15 years ago. Skopje has a very long history where it has had many highlights but has had some major tragic events too. After the Romans had conquered it in 148 BC it became a christian city, it flourished and had it's own bishop. But in the year 518 AD a big eartquake completely destroyed the city. It took a long time before the city became notable again at the end of the first millenium as part of the Macedonian Empire. But Skopje just as Macedonia constantly was ruled by new masters: Normans, Serbs, Bulgarians, Byzantines, and in 1392 it fell in Turkish hands and stayed that way until the Balkan wars made an end to that in 1912. Then after the Versailles Peace treaty it became part of Yugoslavia, and is only recently the capital of the country Macedonia. Photo by Raphael Cruz.
posted by /T/ at 7:38 PM
Saturday, October 08, 2005

San Jose, CA
Only the littlest ones can find this door, because this door is the stable door that you can find at the Opera House in the Happy Hollow Park and Zoo in San Jose. This park features a variety of children's rides and amusements as part of admission including carousels, various kiddie rides, and the puppet castle theatre. To add to the fun, there are themed play areas and picnic groves to entertain the whole family. The zoo exhibits over 50 species of domestic, exotic, and endangered animals from all over the world. And there couldn't be a better model to show this door than my own little girl.
posted by /T/ at 8:41 PM
Friday, October 07, 2005

Alnö, Sweden
This door can be found on the Swedish island Alnö just off the coast from Sundsvall in Sweden. It's a door to one of the many farm homes on the island. It was in a shape that I couldn't resist taking a photo off.
The people of Alnö proudly calls their island "Norrlands Hawaii" -where Norrland means the northern part of Sweden- because of the many beaches and bathing places on the island. Personally, being several times on Hawaii and on Alnö, I am not sure if that is an appropriate name. Ok the summers are beautiful and there is plenty of beach weather, but the summers last only a few months and the winters.. well with temperatures well below zero and snow and ice everywhere, I am not so sure if they still qualify for that title.
posted by /T/ at 7:10 PM
Thursday, October 06, 2005

Tomar, Portugal
This door is a door to the São João Baptista Church a late gotic church build by order from King D.Manuel I located on main square of the town of Tomar. Tomar is an interesting town situated in a large and beautiful valley on the banks of the River Nabão in the centre of Portugal. Its linked closely to the Knights Templar and one of the most important chapters of Portuguese history. The Order of the Templars was founded in 1119 after the recapture of Santarém. In 1160, their Grande Master, Gualdim Pais, built the Castle of Tomar on a hill above the river. After the suppression of the order in 1314, King Dinis then founded a new order - the Order of Christ - which was transferred to Tomar in 1356. This helped finance Prince Henry the Navigator's voyages of discovery in the 14th and 15th centuries, during which his ships bore the Order's red cross on their sails. (Photo by Francisco Ourique)
posted by /T/ at 7:32 AM
Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Final Three of September
Time to reveal the final 3 for the month of September. Voting can be done through October 10th. We encourage you to motivate your votes while voting for 1 of these final 3 (in alphabetical order):

- Barkhamsted, CT
- Dublin, Ireland
- Fira, Santorini (Θηρα, Σαντορινη), Greece

You might have noticed that Front Doors is a little less frequent updated lately. This is likely to continue throughout October due to my relocation this month. But please keep sending in those photos of doors, they will be placed.
posted by /T/ at 7:15 AM
Saturday, October 01, 2005

Front Door of the Month Nominees September 2005
Another new months has started which means we will review last months entries by nominating 6 photos as the nominees for the front door of the month September 2005. These 6 doors were all posted the last month, and now I ask from you to tell me which door deserves the title Front Door of the Month.
The 6 nominees in alphabetic order are: 1. Barkhamsted, CT ; 2. Dublin, Ireland.3. Ephesus, Turkey ; 4. Fira, Santorini (Θηρα, Σαντορινη), Greece ; 5. Monsaraz, Portugal ; 6. Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada;

Tell me what you think!
posted by /T/ at 7:00 PM