Beyond the Knob

To get through a door there must be something to grip….but these go beyond the knob and well into the realm of art:


In response to Norm’s Thursday Door series…to see more responses, click here.


WPC: Vibrant

Last year in Portugal I found a particular, somewhat peculiar public bathroom in Lisbon. I happened to need one at the time, so I decided to take a closer look. Outside much hype advertised it to be “the sexiest bathroom” or some such hyperbole. It was really a big, walk-in, usable ad for their products ~ and they even charged to get in. Crazy. Smart.

And, of course, I needed a bathroom at the time, so my curiosity and my bladder led my decision to check it out. I took photos, naturally. And this one popped out for today’s WPC: Vibrant.


As you can see, I awkwardly erased the logo and tagline for the advertiser so you can freely enjoy the colors. This adequate bathroom with a great (not pictured) sink met my needs…but sexy? Please.

Perhaps they were referring to the soft porn art on the walls? Why yes, I did take a picture of that too….however, I’ll wait for the WPC: Soft Porn to post that one. 😉

It was rather fun to pick a color, though….which would YOU chose?

Art & Doors

For Thursday Doors I’m taking my cue from Norm’s theme this week – street art doors. I too am a big fan of street art, and luckily I found a door within a piece I’d photographed last year in Lisbon:


I’m sorry to say I don’t have the artist’s name for this piece – if you know, please let me know!

To see more responses for Norm’s weekly photo feature, click here.


In response to today’s WPC: Alphabet:

Add Fuel & Eime

I took this photo last year while on a street art tour in Lisbon. I fell in love with Add Fuel’s work ~ so detailed, beautiful, meaningful. Like so many great street art pieces, this one on a busy street was very challenging to photograph with my phone. One of these days I’m getting a grown-up camera.

Today I found this lovely video of their process:

(from the distant future)

To see more responses to today’s WordPress Photo Challenge, click here.


In response to today’s DPWC: Weight (less)

inside the Jerónimos Monastery in Belem, Portugal


The weight of stone, the weight of ages…I am awed at how humans can sculpt and craft something as heavy and bulky as stone into something airy and lofty!

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Open Doors


As the old year ends and the new one begins, I think of all the new experiences I was blessed (or cursed) to have in 2015…so much beauty, so much fear, joy & sadness. 2015 was fully lived, I think.

And that’s the goal, for me.

This door obviously did not begin life as a door. Part of the Alfama Patio Hostel in Lisbon, Portugal, it’s the only way to get to the rooms upstairs (from registration out to the garden patio, up the outside stairs, and across the roof patio). This old building, part of the first Portuguese University established in 1290, is full of quirks as you might imagine. Highly recommended, but drop any expectations of luxury.

May you and your new year be inspired by this door: wide open, ready to be reinvented yet persevering through all the changes swirling around, useful, quirky and beloved.

Thank you, Norm, for continuing to host our Door party! To see more responses to Norm’s Thursday Doors, click here.

And here’s to fully living in 2016 ~ Cheers!



I love Norm’s Thursday Doors. I love door photos; I don’t know why. But I realized this morning as I trolled my photo albums that I need to get out into the world and take more pics of doors to keep up! Luckily I have a little time off coming up before I completely run out…in the meantime, I found this one hiding amongst my Lisbon street art collection:


Street art AND a door – how cool is that?! In case you’re wondering, my title is the translation of the sign on his back – “castigo”. To see more Thursday Doors, click here


In response to today’s Daily Post Photo Challenge: Ornate ~


It was hard to choose just one photo from the Quinta da Reguleira in Sintra, Portugal. Owner Monteiro worked with architect Luigi Manini to create this fantastic estate. And by “fantastic” I mean truly fanciful and eccentric. In their desire to incorporate esoteric symbolism everywhere most structures, inside and out, are ornate. (see my previous ornate door post here)

I’m thinking this fireplace would have functioned just as well with a simpler mantle, but why stop there? The entire room must have been fascinating flickering in the firelight on a cold winter night.

To see other responses to “Ornate”, click here