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tending to tende too

In addition to admiring the arches over streets and alleys in villages perchés in France, I am often surprised by the geometric shapes and the mixture of colors of doors and windows that I see.

Tende in southern France is no exception. There, entries to homes and businesses are not necessarily dated from the Middle Ages. They can be modern but seem worn and aged. By design, or not, the juxtaposition of the two, the windows and doors, offer some interesting images.

“There are so many doors to open. I am impatient to begin.” ― Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon

“She knocked and waited, because when the door was opened from within, it had the potential to lead someplace quite different.” ― Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Sometimes the doors are arched, reflecting the arcade construction in many streets, which have arches over the streets connecting buildings and serving as flying buttresses, stabilizing the walls. (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail.)

Sometimes the doors and windows seem to grow out of the walls. Some seem to be chiseled from the stone instead of being framed during the construction of the wall. They are unique; no two are the same; and never were they built on an assembly line.

Examine closely their construction, the doors and windows. Note the way they are pieced together by hand with old fashioned nails. It speaks to another forgotten era.  (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail.)

“Be an opener of doors.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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