Charlottetown Doors

In early September, after depositing Number One son off at university in New Brunswick, we treated ourselves to a quick trip to Prince Edward Island. You know, as we were driving by anyway.

We could just manage an overnight visit and a brisk walk around Downtown Charlottetown in the morning before we were forced to head home.

But boy-o-boy, that town boasts some pretty doors …. even on cool, windy, grey morning.

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Shelburne Doors

Sometimes you don’t have to travel very far to be blown away by your own history. We took a little drive. About 2 hours south. To the town of Shelburne, Nova Scotia.

Here, we wandered along Historic Dock Street.

Shelburne has an interesting history. During the American Revolution pro-British refugees (Loyalists) gathered in New York. The wealthier classes went to England while others sought refuge here, in Nova Scotia.

In 1783, four hundred such families associated to form the Town of Shelburne (named after the British Prime Minister). Within a year the population of the town mushroomed to 10,000.

The fledging town was not prepared and could not support so large a settlement. Most of the refugees moved on to other parts of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, or on to England. Some returned to the United States.

But of those who stayed, many focused their entrepreneurial spirit into this Nova Scotia town, infusing it with a distinctly New England flavour.

This door takes you into what maybe the last remaining commercial barrel factory in Canada. Traditionally, barrels were used to store and transport fish, food and other items and the staves and hoops were from this factory were exported in huge quantities. Today, are used to store salt bait for the lobster industry.

Across the street is The Coopers Inn. The house was originally built for George Gracie, a blind Loyalist who started the first whaling company in Shelburne.

Next door is a lovely example of a Greek Revival building. I love the storm doors.

The next building was, during the 1780’s, the home and tavern of Patrick McDonough – who was also the customs officer.

On the water side of the street, is a dory shop where the wooden boats are still built to order. It’s part of the Shelburne Historical Society complex.

A glance up Charlotte Lane.

This impressive structure (with a relatively modest door) was the store and warehouse of George A. Cox, an (obviously) prominent merchant. He constructed his own vessels and carried on an extensive world trade.

A former store front on Ann Street.

This former mill is under restoration. That’s good news as it looks like most of the foundation is missing!

The mill is part of the Muir-Cox shipyard which was in almost continuous operation from the 1800’s to 1984. The property launched everything from square riggers and schooners to motorized rum runners, minesweepers and luxury yachts.

The shipyards of Shelburne produced whale boats, life boats, row boats and canoes which were exported to Newfoundland, Bermuda, Ontario, Quebec, the Arctic and the United States. In 1928-29 one boat shop shipped 29 rail cars of boats to Northern Ontario and Quebec in what is believed to be the largest shipment of boats in Canada. Seriously? I had no idea! This waterfront must have been booming.

It was a short visit. But we’ll be back again to visit pretty little Shelburne (pop. 1743) and her intriguing Doors. It seems that she has more stories to tell.

Nautical Doors

The Tall Ships have been and gone.

After much anticipation and massive preparations, 25 Tall Ships visited Halifax for a festive weekend July 30 – Aug 1. There were parties, concerts, picnics, ship tours and fireworks.

Led by Sail Training International, Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta is a transatlantic race of 7,000 nautical miles taking place over the course of five months in 2017. The race started at the port of Royal Greenwich in Great Britain on April 13.

It finishes in the port of Le Havre, France, which will welcome the grand winner between August 31 and September 3.

The Race route included stops in Portugal, Bermuda, the United States and Canada – coinciding nicely with Canada’s 150th Anniversary as a county.

From Halifax, 13 of the ships made their way to Lunenburg for the weekend of August 10-12. And what’s time we had!!

Alongside Lunenburg’s “shorter” waterfront (no high-rises here!), these tall masts seemed all the more impressive.

The party is over now. And we wish them all Fair Winds!

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New York City Library – Doors & Other Spaces

I really love libraries. 

But even if your not a big library fan, this place is worth a visit. There’s always something interesting going on at the New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 5th Avenue.  

If your lucky (like I was once), or a more organized traveller, you can take in any number of free public talks. I happen to walk off the street at the right time.  But I’ve also I’ve enjoyed a number of intriguing exhibitions here. Most recently I saw the Love in Venice show, which explores some of what sets Venice’s history apart from that of the rest of Europe. But …. I digress. This post is about Doors ….


There are so many extraordinary doors and doorways here!


That ceiling!!  Let’s peak inside …


What a space!!




If you do find yourself here, make some time to visit Bryant Park. Located directly behind the library, this park is actually built on top of the library’s collection (which is housed in a climate controlled space underground).


I’ve heard this place referred to as NewYork’s Livingroom. You can see everyone here: from tourists to locals, from businessmen to schoolchildren.


There’s a children’s area, complete with carousel and outdoor library. 


And plenty of lovely places to enjoy a glass of wine or a coffee, some conversation, have your lunch, or maybe some quiet solitude in the midst of the busy city. 

You could read a book!! 

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MET Doors

New York City has soooo many sights to visit. And there are just sooooo many things to do here. But, I guess I’m a creature of habit. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of my favourite places to visit when I’m in NYC. 


The MET is the largest museum in the United States and one of the most visited in the world. I’ve been here several times but have not seen the same exhibits twice. 


Here are a few of the doors I walked through in this most magnificent building on my most recent visit. 


Going up ….


And down.








This column is just a portion of one from the Temple of Artimis and is part of the Greek and Roman Sculpture Exhibition. 

This exhibition was a fine prelude to the special installation which is on the rooftop. But more about that in a future post.   For now we are looking at doors … and doorways. 

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London Doors

We walked ALOT during our recent visit to London. Sooooo much to see. And so little time. But i would argue that the very best way to really see a city is from the street. 

And I couldn’t help but collect a few photos of Doors along the way….. 


The gates to Kensington Palace.


The Household Cavalry Door. 


A pub door. 



Doors at Shakesphere’s Globe Theatre


The Door to Spencer House


Near St. James Park. 


A Fleet Street Door – and friendly doorman. 


And, of course, the doors to Canada House … with Nelson’s Column reflected in the window. 

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Doors of Portobello Road 

Exploring Notting Hill, just over a week ago, we were treated to some gorgeous doorways along this famous, vibrant road.  Let’s take a walk ….



Each of the entrances to these terraced houses have such a lot of individuality and personality.  





And, at No 22, the the former home of George Orwell. 

That’s enough walking.  Time for a cup of tea …. or maybe a gin & tonic. 

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