Thursday Doors – The Mouth of the Dragon

Would you enter this door?

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Outside of Vientiane, Laos, is a unique collection of statues and such called Buddha Park. This structure is meant to identify the world and its three levels with the tree of life extending from the top. You enter through the mouth of a demon. There’s an outer gallery with inner chambers on each floor. You can make your way all the way up to the roof, which affords a view of the entire park.

It was a bit of a gray day, which seems to add to the mood of this place and this structure, in particular!

Having recently returned from a trip to Laos and Cambodia, I have hopes of finding lots of interesting doors to post here on Thursday Doors from the thousands of pictures I took. Thanks to Norm for hosting!

 

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Thursday Doors – March 31, 2016

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I had never seen drapes outside the doors. This is a lovely entrance to one of many churches in Athens…The Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens.

Thanks, Norm, for hosting!

Thursday Doors – March 10, 2016

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In Palermo, Sicily…this little door and contents speak for themselves. I am not Catholic, but I believe this is a little shrine to memorialize people who have passed. It was on the side of a large Catholic church that also served to house the homeless and provide other services to the community.

I found Palermo to be very interesting on many levels. It is in a beautiful location, but sadly there is still very much devastation remaining from WWII. In spite of this fact and the location of this church, it was well-maintained and a benefit to many.

Happy Thursday…off to look at some other doors via Norm’s hosted blog.

 

Thursday Doors – March 3, 2016

Thanks, Norm, for hosting Thursday Doors!

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Flat Stanley went to Barcelona with us. In this upscale area he couldn’t get an answer at the front door to say hello, so he tried the side door (probably for servants). No answer there, so he posed for this picture anyway. Maybe there was a message about knocking at the top there, but we couldn’t understand! Poor guy!

Have you ever traveled with Flat Stanley? He is easy to have along, never complains, takes up little room and doesn’t carry any luggage or eat much!

Happy Travels!

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday Doors – February 25, 2016

IMG_5163Yes, another door  (or should I say set of doors?) from my travels, this time Sicily. Do you think the people behind the far door feel safe enough with two sets of heavy doors one has to get through first? Would you open that first set? Do you find the studs on the first heavy doors to be daunting?

I so enjoy seeing how the rest of the world lives and the history that has shaped lives. I usually find the people charming and welcoming when we travel. I think these doors depict the ancient days and they are still standing today. Do you think our doors will still be standing in hundreds of years?

This is taken in the touristy town Taormina. It was interesting, but my preference is the smaller towns that are not so well traveled.