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Door(s) of the Month February 2021- A Potpourri

I first want   to thank everyone who watched my Live In the Footsteps of Arsene Lupin Facebook tour for France.fr. It was a big success with over 700 people watching it live, and over 12K views of the video along with 664 comments. I also want to give a warm welcome all of my new subscribers who signed up for Eye Prefer Paris. Here’s the link to watch if you missed it:   https://www.facebook.com/144282132273340/videos/5807669259247093 Instead of focusing on a single or a group of part...
Tags: Travel, Etsy, France, Usps, Paris, Fuji, Etsy Shop, Richard Nahem, Door of the Month, Arsene Lupin Facebook, Eye Prefer Paris Here


Door(s) of the Month: December 2020-Rue du Pre aux Clercs, 75007

Rue du Pre aux Clercs is a quiet side street off of Blvd. Saint Germain in the 7th arrondissement. It’s a one block street, beginning at rue Saint Guillaume and ending at rue de l’Université.   The street was named is after a field where duels originally took place and before that it was occupied by the abbey of Saint Germain which was connected to the church.  [Author: richard nahem]
Tags: Travel, Architecture, Saint Germain, Richard Nahem, Door of the Month, Blvd Saint Germain, rue Saint Guillaume


Door(s) of the Month: Ile de Ré

Dear Subscribers, I posted the wrong link for the Connie Fredericks Malone video concert last Friday. Click here for the correct link. When I was in Ile de Re´ in mid-September, I took a walk in the late afternoon and discovered lots of wonderful doors. The late day light was casting a golden hue, saturating the colors and details of the doors. Many of the doors were bordered with late summer flowers and vines.   Do you have some favorites here?   ...
Tags: Travel, Paypal, Architecture, Paris, Richard Nahem, Ile de Re, Door of the Month, Vincent Gagliostro, Connie Fredericks Malone


Door(s) of the Month: Boulevard Saint Germain

After I shot my A Bite of Paris video with John Baxter in July, I walked home on the Boulevard Saint Germain, starting from Place Odeon, walking east and ending in the Latin Quarter. I passed a number of rich colored doors in jelly apple red, emerald green, electric blue, mint green, and pretty pink. The bright sun that day shone brilliantly, accentuating the already saturated door colors.   I am happy to hav...
Tags: Travel, France, Paris, John, John Baxter, Richard Nahem, Door of the Month, Boulevard Saint Germain, Gérard Mulot, Paris Montmartre Saint Germain des Pres, Montmartre John, Place Odeon


Door(s) of the Month: Rue de Varenne

After my visit to the Rodin Museum a few weeks ago, I walked on the rue de Varenne toward rue du Bac. Along the street are numerous former palaces built in the 1700s, that are now government buildings and foreign embassies. The massive doors are spectacular. I visited the Italian Embassy in 2009 at rue de Varenne and wrote about it on Eye Prefer Paris. Click Here to read and to view the special photos.   Do you have some favorites here?   Please check out the links below for the ...
Tags: Travel, France, Vienna, Paris, John, John Baxter, Provence France, Rodin Museum, Richard Nahem, rue de Varenne, Door of the Month, Gérard Mulot, Paris Montmartre Saint Germain des Pres, Montmartre John


Door(s)of the Month: Provence

Earlier this month when I was in Luberon region in Provence, I took photos of cool, country doors in the villages of Lauris, Arles, and Cucuron.   I am happy to have the prolific author John Baxter as my guest on A Bite of Paris. John has written many books about Paris including The Most Beautiful Walk in World, We’ll Always Have Paris, and books about the neighborhoods of Paris. Montmartre, Saint Germain des Pres...
Tags: Travel, France, Architecture, Paris, John, Provence, John Baxter, Luberon, Richard Nahem, Door of the Month, Gérard Mulot, Paris Montmartre Saint Germain des Pres, Montmartre John, Lauris Arles


Door(s) of the Month-Gerberoy

I was overwhelmed by the beautiful doors in Gerberoy, especially the ones that had an abundance of vines and flowers in front of them. Do you have some favorites here?   I can make a photo print of any of these doors and have it mailed to you in the U.S. If you are interested please email me at [email protected] and I’ll send you prices and sizes.   Did you enjoy my posts about Gerberoy?  I a...
Tags: Travel, France, Paris, John, John Baxter, Richard Nahem, Door of the Month, Gérard Mulot, Gerberoy, Paris Montmartre Saint Germain des Pres, Montmartre John


Doors of the Month: Place Des Vosges

I recently realized that I have never featured a door from the Place des Vosges, so today I am presenting a variety of doors from the historic square.   A few facts about the Place des Vosges 1. It was the first public square of Paris, constructed from 1605 to 1612. It was commissioned by King Henri IV, who also commissioned the construction of the Ile Saint Louis.   2. Victor Hugo lived on the south east corner of the square and partly wrote Les Miserables living there. Today it’s...
Tags: Travel, France, New York City, Austria, Paris, Harvey Weinstein, Lille, Les Miserables, Kahn, Anne, Place des Vosges, Richelieu, Victor Hugo, King Louis, Île Saint Louis, Richard Nahem


Door of the Month: Rennes

Since it’s almost impossible to take photos of doors because of the lockdown, today I am posting a series of doors from the city of Rennes. Last year, I was on assignment to write a story about Rennes, and I found these great doors.   Click here to read my story about Rennes.   [Author: richard nahem]
Tags: Travel, Rennes, Richard Nahem, Door of the Month


Door of the Month, March 2020: Quai d’Anjou & Quai de Bourbon, Ile Saint Louis

As I mentioned in my last post that I take a brisk walk everyday across from the Ile Saint Louis.   On Friday, I walked along the Quai d’Anjou & Quai de Bourbon on Ile Saint Louis to take some door photos. Almost all the buildings along the two quais’s are former hotel particuliers, from the early to mid 1600s and have been well maintained.   Please read an interview about my photography on the blog Architects and Artisans at this link https://architectsandartisans.com/photographs-f...
Tags: Travel, Architecture, Île Saint Louis, Richard Nahem, Door of the Month, Quai de Bourbon Ile Saint Louis, Quai d'Anjou Quai de Bourbon


Doors of Dublin

Ever since I started the Door of the Month feature in 2008, many of my door fans have told me I must to go to Dublin to see the best doors.   It took twelve years for me to finally get to Dublin and I spent three days there last month. Of course, the first thing I did was to seek out the doors. Luckily, I was staying in the heart of Dublin on Saint Stephens Green, at the Fitzwilliam Hotel, a smart boutique hotel overlooking the park.   I was told that many of the best doors were situa...
Tags: Travel, Architecture, Paris, Dublin, PAUL, Fitzwilliam, Richard Nahem, Door of the Month, Fitzwilliam Hotel, Stephens Green, Westbury Hotel


Door of the Month: Boulevard Beaumarchais

The Boulevard Beaumarchais is about a 10-block thoroughfare, starting at Place de la Bastille going towards Republique and continues north until the boulevard is renamed Filles du Calvaire.   There’s quite a number of outstanding doors lining the boulevard, many with exquisite ironwork and ornate, plaster frames around them. The buildings are mostly Hausmmannian style, from the late 20th century.   There are also a number of doors in unusual colors such as pale lavender and teal blue....
Tags: Travel, Paris, Alan Cumming, Alan, Vincent, PAUL, Judy Collins, Richard Nahem, Door of the Month, Becket, Boulevard Beaumarchais, London Alan


Doors of the Month: Malta

As promised when I posted the fishing boats in Malta earlier this month, here’s my door series from Malta. One of the most interesting details on the doors is the iron gates in front of some of them, which I never saw before. Has anyone been to Malta and know the reason for the gates?   I am pleased as punch to have my friend Lisa Anselmo as my guest on A...
Tags: Travel, Architecture, Paris, Malta, Paris Cafe, Richard Nahem, Montmartre St Germain, Door of the Month, Paris Lisa, Lisa Anselmo


Door of the Month: Delft, Netherlands

I took a quick train trip to Rotterdam and Delft, Netherlands last week for an article I am writing. Delft is a charming, small city much like Amsterdam, with canals and handsome 17th century buildings. Of course, I spotted many outstanding doors. Some are from houses built in the Art Deco period and have patches of stained glass above and on the sides of them.   I am pleased as punch to have my friend...
Tags: Travel, Architecture, Paris, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Paris Cafe, Art Deco, Delft, Richard Nahem, Montmartre St Germain, Door of the Month, Paris Lisa, DELFT Netherlands, Lisa Anselmo


Door(s) of the Month: Toulouse

I went on a quick trip to Toulouse for the first time in late September. Toulouse is sometimes called the Pink City because most of the buildings are constructed of a light color brick that has a pink hue to it.   I captured great and unusual doors, some that were truly unique. If you look at the sides of the doors you can spot the pink brick on a few of them.   Please  read the article  I wrote for Luxury Travel Advisor- French Escapes: Three Hours or Less From Paris  http...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Toulouse, Jessica, Richard Nahem, Montmartre St Germain, Door of the Month, Pink City, La Vaissellerie, Marais Click


Door of the Month: Valencia

Vincent and I took a quick trip to Valencia, Spain in late August, and what a beautiful city it is. Much of the architecture is Art Nouveau and turn-of-the-century, with stunning architectural details and flourishes.   I captured a slew of fantastic doors and I am sharing them with you today. Bright sunshine blessed us the entire four days we were there, giving the doors a flattering hue.   More about Valencia soon.   ...
Tags: Travel, Architecture, Paris, Valencia, Vincent, Valencia Spain, Jessica, Richard Nahem, Montmartre St Germain, Door of the Month, La Vaissellerie, Marais Click


Door of the Month September, 2019: Ave. Montaigne

The Ave. Montaigne is lined more luxury designer boutiques per square metre, than anywhere else in Paris. In between the dazzling storefronts of Prada, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Christian Dior, Chanel, and Ferragamo, I captured a series of doors mostly in colored and black wrought iron with intricate patterns.   A fun piece of trivia: Did you know Marlene Dietrich lived at 12 Ave. Montaigne from 1975 until her death in 1992?   Speaking of fashion, I was s...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Marlene Dietrich, Soho New York, Ferragamo, Prince Street, Richard Nahem, Montmartre St Germain, Door of the Month


Door of the Month May 2019

I had a hard time selecting a single door this month, so I am posting a potpourri of doors from different parts of the city, mainly from Saint Germain and near the Opera Garnier.   Saint Germain  Boulevard des Italiens, near Opera  Garnier Boulevard des Italiens, near Opera  Garnier Boulevard des Italiens, near Opera  Garnier Saint Germain August in Paris- My Marais Apartment for Rent August 16 to August 29   I am ...
Tags: Travel, Paris, PAUL, Saint Germain, Henri Le Roux, Richard Nahem, Door of the Month, Opera Garnier Saint Germain Boulevard des Italiens, Opera Garnier Boulevard des Italiens, Opera Garnier Saint Germain August


Bordeaux Door Tops

I was in the city of Bordeaux in March to do some research for an article for a publication I write for. I visited Bordeaux in 2015 and thoroughly enjoyed spending two days exploring the magnificent architecture of early 19th  century limestone edifices, (Baron Haussmann used Bordeaux as a model to rebuild Paris), great food, charming people, and of  course, wine. Click here to read my post about Bordeaux . It was a brilliant, sunny pre-spring day and the light hitting the limestone bui...
Tags: Travel, Architecture, Paris, Bordeaux, Richard Nahem, Montmartre St Germain, Door of the Month, Baron Haussmann, U S Mail, Pont Royal Hotel


Door of the Month March 2019: 21 Rue de l’ Université

My photo exhibition at the Pont Royal Hotel is close to the rue de la Université. Years ago I discovered rue de l’Université had a treasure trove of fabulous doors.     At #21 is a red lacquered door with lovely details. It was a hotel particulier built in 1639 for Thomas de Bragelongne and was acquired by Jean-Jacques Régis de Cambacérès, Arch-Chancellor of the Empire. It was known as Hôtel de Cambacérès and owned by the Duke and Duchess de la Salle.   One of the most unusual detail...
Tags: Travel, Duke, Richard Nahem, Door of the Month, Pont Royal Hotel, Thomas de Bragelongne, Jean Jacques Régis


Door of the Month February 2019: Rue Des Archives

On the rue des Archives, a long, north-south street in the Marais, there are a number of impressive doors attached to former private palaces from the early 1600s. The doors are indicative of the period, massive in size with intricate stone carvings above them.   I also included a tiny green door inside a courtyard on rue des Archives. Rue des Archives   Metro: Hotel de Ville   Links Eye Like Please read this excellent and informative article about the high quality the hous...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Hermès, Richard Nahem, Door of the Month, Rue Des Archives, rue des Archives Rue des Archives Metro


Door of the Month January 2019: 4, 6 & 8bis rue de Braque and Door Selfies

I am returning to Paris this month with a new set of doors. Rue de Braque in the northern/haut Marais is a one block street running east to west between rue des Archives and rue du Temple. The quiet, mostly residential street has a bevy of beautiful hotel de particulier’s.   At 4-6 rue de Braque is a handsome and stately hotel particulier formerly called Hôtel du marquis de Lagrange, with a pair of massive wood doors painted cherry red. There also have roughly chiseled male and female hea...
Tags: Travel, Paris, LaGrange, Richard Nahem, Braque, Door of the Month, Pauline Bernard, Rue de Braque, rue des Archives and rue du Temple


Door(s) of the Month: Ile de Ré

During my late afternoon stroll in Ile de Ré, I hit a bonanza of some brilliant colored, country doors against ancient stone walls. Do you have some favorites here?   Please watch my latest A Bite of Paris video, Honey Tasting at Famille Mary, where I taste a bunch of yummy flavored honey's.  Click here to watch or link below.   https://youtu.be/oR2LLlFSjeM Come experience Eye Prefer Paris live with Eye Prefer Paris Tours, which ar...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Richard Nahem, Montmartre St Germain, Ile de Re, Door of the Month, Famille Mary


Door(s) of the Month: Paxos & Corfu, Greece

I spotted lots of great doors during my trip to Paxos and Corfu last month and happy to share the photos with you. Do you have some favorites? I am so pleased to have Ann Mah as my guest this week at on A Bite of Paris. We went to Le Mistral, her favorite Paris bistro and had their signature dish, aligot, a rich, creamy mix of whipped potatoes and cheese from the Aveyron region. Click here   or link below to watch Ann and I enjoy aligote. https://www.youtube...
Tags: Travel, Paris, ANN, Corfu, Aveyron, Corfu Greece, Richard Nahem, Montmartre St Germain, Door of the Month, Paxos, Ann Mah, Le Mistral


Door(s) of the Month September 2018: Saint Germaine en Laye

There were beaucoup beautiful doors in Saint Germain en Laye when I visited earlier this month. Do you have some favorites here? I am so pleased to have Ann Mah as my guest this week at on A Bite of Paris. We went to Le Mistral, her favorite Paris bistro and had their signature dish, aligot, a rich, creamy mix of whipped potatoes and cheese from the Aveyron region. Click here   or link below to watch Ann and I enjoy ...
Tags: Travel, Paris, ANN, Saint Germain, Aveyron, Laye, Richard Nahem, Montmartre St Germain, Door of the Month, Ann Mah, Le Mistral, Saint Germaine en Laye


Door of the Month August 2018: 5 rue Victor Schoelcher, 750014

It’s been a while since I posted a Paris door in my Door of the Month category. Luckily I came upon a fantastic single door this month when I visited the Giacometti Institute the week before last. It was a double bonus: the door frame is an elaborate mosaic of gold and white waffle pattern and the door is royal blue painted iron with gold details. Also on the sides of the door are two more geometric patterned panels. Another bonus is a photo of a gorgeous Art Nouveau wood door inside th...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Victor Schoelcher, Richard Nahem, Montmartre St Germain, Door of the Month, Giacometti Institute, Institut Giacometti, Rue Victor Schoelcher


Door(s) of the Month: Antwerp 2

Here are the rest of the Art Nouveau Antwerp door photos I said would post this month. Do you have favorites in this second series? Click here to view the first series of doors if you missed them last month. Check out my latest episode of A Bite of Paris, where I visit Le Trois Chocolates a yummy chocolate shop  Click here or link below to watch https://youtu.be/XdJaECIf09E Please remember to hit the LIKE...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Antwerp, Richard Nahem, Door of the Month, Art Nouveau Antwerp


Door(s) of the Month: Antwerp

Here is part one of the Art Nouveau doors from Antwerp, as promised from my blog earlier this month about the Art Nouveau mansions in Antwerp. I don’t want to spoil you too much, so will post the rest of them next month. Do you have some favorites?     Do you love cheese? I go for a cheese tasting at Beau et Fort, a restaurant and cheese shop in the 9th arr. on A Bite of Paris Click here to watch or link below. https...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Antwerp, Paris Click, Richard Nahem, Montmartre St Germain, Door of the Month, Beau et Fort


Door of the Month April 2018: 7th Arrondissement

I’ve been neglecting my doors of Paris in recent months for doors in places I’ve traveled to. To make it up to you, I’m posting a series of beautiful doors in the 7th arrondissement on and around rue de Varenne, rue Babylone, and rue Vaneau. Which are your favorites?   I am very excited to announce the launch of my new video series A Bite of Paris, on my You Tube channel, Eye Prefer Paris. The format of the series is every week I ...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Richard Nahem, Montmartre St Germain, Door of the Month, rue de Varenne rue Babylone


Door of the Month: Porto

Last November I visited Porto, Portugal for the first time and loved it. I’m still working on my story about Porto and will post it next week. Meanwhile, enjoy the doors of Porto. Do you have favorites?   I am very excited to announce the launch of my new video series A Bite of Paris, on my You Tube channel, Eye Prefer Paris. The format of the series is every week I visit either a restaurant, food shop or f...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Porto, Porto Portugal, Richard Nahem, Montmartre St Germain, Door of the Month