Thursday Doors

Closure

This door will close now. It’s Thursday, it figures.

I had the idea of going through this blog and drawing attention to a few most memorable posts for the final chapter, but I shan’t. It’s the totality that matters. Every single sentence, image, sensation has had equal merit. This has been my first blog and this it will remain for all times.

My next one, which is here, has a different theme. It is even more like a book. Perhaps it shows the direction to take. As if I hadn’t known before.

Thank you, WordPress community and visitors from beyond, for every single little visit, like and comment. Another door has opened. No reason why we wouldn’t continue.

This is my last post. Goodbye from here and ben trovati.

Manja Maksimovič

My new blog: https://manjameximovie.wordpress.com/

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Thursday Doors, May 26

And so I thought to myself: I’ve got two blogs now, I get to have two entries. 😉

Another reason for this second entry is that today celebrates my friend who took these photos in Sovana (first two photos) and Pitigliano during his last visit.

I invite you to view two posts on my new blog:

What is certain is that there will be no more new Thursday Doors on this blog, but the treasure-chest of past entries is here to stay and it can be viewed here.

Photo: Svemir Zeko

For Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors challenge.

Thursday Doors, May 19

In the door heaven that is Roma doors are often bigger than it is proper, no doubt to make us feel lesser. Didn’t work.

As we were strolling from the Vatican via Piazza Navona towards Fontana di Trevi, each next door appeared bigger than the last. In such a case it’s great to have a model or two on stand-by.

But it was not until I was about to enter the Pantheon that it hit me: Behold! I am passing through the King of Doors. I wonder if I’ll come out alive.

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For Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors challenge.

Thursday Doors, May 12

Today I wish to show you a Capalbio courtyard where doors are not in the foreground. But everything about it makes me wish to know who lives there and visit, repeatedly.

I noticed it first in October 2013. It can be spotted off the city walls.

As time was passing, I kept telling myself I need to take more photos of it and when I was about to, in March this year, the silhouette on the wall was half torn down and the overall impression was that the place was forgotten. I lamented this fact. Only a month later I was there again, the hour was golden and this is what I saw.

This is above if you look up.

And more up still:

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For Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors challenge.

Thursday Doors, May 5

A few weeks ago we had a lovely stroll along Via Appia Antica, one of the oldest roads in Roma.

We walked for at least 5 km and it was manageable even in high-heel boots over such stones as these, still original from 312 B.C. when the road was built, dent and all. (If you believe it. It was told most earnestly.)

First we had a lovely lunch at a friend’s house in the green.

Then we went on our walk. One would expect ruins and not as many doors. Alas, where I go, there they are. It started with some unassuming gates but it soon escalated. The last nine photos were taken in six minutes.

All in all, an excellent Sunday. The second half of Appia Antica doors will follow on another Thursday.

And if anybody was worried, I’m over my overdoored state. Today I already took three new door photos. 😉

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For Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors challenge.

Thursday Doors, April 28

One CAN get overdoored. It happened to me in the last four days.

Doors were attacking me left and right. When sorting the photos I got so overwhelmed that I almost missed the deadline for this week’s Norm’s Thursday Doors. Here is just a teaser: one door from every place that we visited.

We started out with a day in Rome: here the Embassy of Slovenia in Vatican.

The next day it was Pitigliano first.

Then it was a hike to (the wrong) one of the Via Cave where a door was the last thing I expected.

And we ended in Sovana not on foot as intended.

Day three, the monastery at Monte Argentario

Porto Santo Stefano

Porto Ercole

Orbetello

The WWF Oasis Lake Burano headquarters

Capalbio

The last day started with Civitella Maritima.

It continued with Siena with its magnificent cathedral. Wonderful visitors minded bestia for me throughout. Thank you!

And to finish off the door odyssey: Abbey of St. Antimo.

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For Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors challenge.

Thursday Doors, April 14

Walking the dog in Roma’s Monteverde district. If it’s not the door, then it’s the dog that makes me pay attention. Sometimes it’s both.

I always pay attention if I see this sign. Not that I need a sign, usually bestia shows me with his body language that another bestia is close.

But not this time.

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For Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors challenge.

Thursday Doors, April 7

Many visits to Il giardino dei tarocchi (Tarot Garden by Niki de Saint Phalle) had to pass before I realised that there too were doors. Some are just more hidden than others.

Some are just like an aperture on the female body.

Some are hidden more than others, such as the shaft below, and still stylish.

Sometimes there are merely holes.

Some mark off the territory that is not allowed to roam.

Some mean the end of the road.

And some hide in Niki’s living room.

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For Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors challenge.

Thursday Doors, March 31

Today I take you to the town that by a strange and unforeseen strike of fortune for almost three years now I call home.

I don’t live in the old town itself, but it is up there, on the hill, looking down on me with its many many doors. Today let’s concentrate on knockers and close-ups.

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For Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors challenge.

In fact, I’ll keep it!

It was two years ago today that I posted my first Manja Mexi Movie blog post. I can’t believe it’s been two years already.

(I know this, even though WordPress has stopped informing me about the number of posts or anniversaries and things like that a while ago. I don’t know what happened. – ADD-IT: The notification came at 11pm. WordPress never forgets, thank you!)

To think that the main impulse for starting the blog was lack of feedback from my family and friends upon sending them heaps of emails with photos from my new life in the new country!

To keep us company in this post, here are some of my favourite already published photos:

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Obviously the world is indeed big enough to find a variety of people who are not too lazy to tell you when you make them smile, busy schedule notwithstanding. Thank you all so much for that! I know how precious this is: even I with all the time in the world have trouble following everybody I’d like to. There are just too many brilliant people around!

It’s not just laziness, some friends back home are saying they don’t understand my blog because it’s in English. Hmmm, as little as I write? Photos are in English as well, are they? Whining like some Italians! Aren’t Slovenians known to brag how good we are at English? Because, compatriots, no matter how much you whine, this blog is NOT turning Slovenian any time soon.

And lest we forget, at the beginning, for much of the first year really, there were just about 7 followers, all family and friends. Only after I started joining photo challenges, many more of you came over and some stayed. Among the challenges that have achieved this are (in each line three links lead to three posts for every challenge):

and the latest I have joined:

Soon I will reach the upgrade limit for this one and will start another WordPress blog. Nothing much will change (other than the theme), I quite like it as it is. I hope – I always hope – to do more writing, but just like the rest of the world I’m getting lazier in this regard, posting more photos and less words. They are easier on the eye, it seems, or is it brain. It’s not that words are lacking, I always have a bunch, they are lurking JUST behind the corner. Beware.

Here is a recap of my writings that I posted last June. I find it very telling that only father, Snow Somewhere Else and Badfish commented. Well, I do say it’s for the organised and the mad ones. 😀 (Love you!)

What is alarming is that I’ve only added very few writings to Own Words category since.

Among them are:

In short – nobody has a truly good excuse for not following me. But I cannot and don’t want to force anybody either. Everything I said on this day last year in my first anniversary post is still true: we have strawberries and if you don’t want them – your loss.

And as they say in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels: “It’s a deal, it’s a steal, in fact…

…I think I’ll keep it!” 😀

Truly, from the heart, thank you all for every minute spent in my virtual company.

≈ Manja Maksimovič ≈

Featured photo: The header of my upcoming blog: MLK in Ljubljana. 

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Thursday Doors, March 24 – anniversary edition

Norm’s Thursday Doors photo challenge is one year old. My blog will be two in under a week. Celebrations are in order.

I thought it would be good for the occasion to have a look at what kind of doors I published in the first year of my blog before landing the perfect challenge for me.

The first time I participated was on May 1 with the typical title Thursday Doors on a Friday, wondering if this was allowed, but it took me a month to grow into a regular. Since then I think I only missed one Thursday, early on, it just flew by too fast. Door-spotting has become a family sport and a source of joy. Thank you for that, Norm, and to every contributor for making it fun.

The following photos have all already been published before I found Thursday Doors. I am too lazy to edit them up a bit and upload them once again with the watermark. They will have to do as they are.

And this is a recent revisit to my favourite local door used for the New Year’s Day edition of Thursday Doors. I had to take some new photos because they are in bloom. Let our Thursday Doors bloom on too!

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For the anniversary edition of Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors challenge.

Thursday Doors, March 17

Continuing the three-green-doors theme from last week. Italy must be sharing my favourite colour.

The first photo is terribly shot and cut, but at that time I was not taking photos of Thursday Doors yet, just of happy ones. It is a kindergarten in Porto Ercole and its happiness shines through.

The second door is green and not especially enlightening as such. Until you spot Giordano.

The third door was found in Roma’s Monteverde district too, just like Giordano’s, and was a case of “hold the dog, please, I wish to investigate that door over there”. Images here are lined up in reverse. Whereas the first image could make you believe all is well, sadly I saw the building in its entirety first.

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For Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors challenge.