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Doors and Windows of France

We travel to the south of France every year, and each time we return, the architecture leaves us in complete awe. One of the things that we always notice in our travels is the wide variety of window and door styles in both the cities and villages and throughout the countryside. Here is a visual diary of some of our favorite doors & windows that we stumbled across on our past visits to France. Photos can hardly do it justice, so take this as your inspiration to book a flight and experience it firsthand for yourselves!

Taken in Aix-en Provence, this was my husband Pierre’s apartment when he was a student. I traveled there in 1975 and stayed at this same apartment without knowing him or that he would reside there in the late 1970s...serendipity! So maybe this one has more sentimental value than any of the others included here.

Found in Malmousque, a fishing village in the vast city of Marseille, right on the Mediterranean Sea. I’m always so taken aback by the sounds and smells that accompany these gorgeous pieces of architecture. 

The history seeps through each photo. It’s the organic details only time can create that make each door so unique and such a feast for the eyes.

Typical provençal door tiles, the vibrant colors truly are the tone of Marseille, a city framed by the vivid blue of the sea. Ah, the character of these tiles does so much using so little. We always take the time to walk through the streets in any town we’re visiting to soak it in all of the colorful character and the essence of the villages.

Here are some traditional enamelware signs on a vintage iron gate outside of a traditional villa; these are a trademark of this village.

Here are perfect examples of provençal vibrant lavender colors and Sycamore trees that have lost their leaves. With the warm colors of the bricks, a blue accent is very welcomed.

This is a stunning example of arch embellishment; it’s a decorative way to protect the window and is typical of the 1920s-1940s.

The elaborate poshness of the street number would lead you to believe this is a Bourgeois household.

posted on 1/16/2020