Thursday Doors: Arras – Part 2

Arras town hall

As promised from last week, here is another door from Arras for Norm’s Thursday Doors. This one is from the Town Hall, constructed during the sixteenth century and totally demolished during World War I. During the 1920s and 30s, the local residents carefully reconstructed their historic building “brick by brick”.

This picture has also featured in black and white for this weeks Monochrome Madness.

Some more images of the beautiful Arras Hotel de Ville.

 

Thursday Doors: Arras

Arras#3

Whilst on our family holiday this year, we had a few car troubles and ended up staying longer than expected in this town. What was intended to be an overnight stay turned into a three night mini-break! Seeing as we were stuck there, we decided to explore the local town, a very good decision as it turned out to be a surprising place full of beautiful, old buildings and despite the shops being closed there were still many bars and ice-cream places open 😉

Arras has a long and interesting history, affected by both WW1 and WW2 and also suffering during the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror. It was once part of the Spanish Netherlands and you can see this from the town houses which surround the Grand’Place and the Place des Héros, they have a very Flemish look to them.

I managed to capture a few doors, but the buildings are the real stars, so here are a few pictures of the beautiful Arras townhouses.

I have a few more Thursday Doors from Arras, so I will be sharing these over the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, go over to Norm 2.0 for more Thursday Doors.

The Buzz Inn

The Buzz Inn
The Buzz Inn

The beautiful wooden doors on this insect hotel are part of an interactive learning display. The captions on the doors lead you to find who might be living inside…

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Doors and Drawers and Norm’s Thursday Doors

I’m gradually coming to the end of a rather busy time, WP and the blog have had to take a bit of a back seat. Hopefully now I will be able to catch up with you all, I’ve missed seeing your posts and catching up. Have a great weekend! 🙂

Colour your World: Tropical Rain Forest

Canal Warehouse Doors

Over the next three months, as part of Jennifer Nicole Wells “Colour Your World”, I will be joining in with 120 Days of Crayola. Every day a different colour from the Crayola crayon pack.

This door would have been used for goods coming in from the Leeds Liverpool canal, with the load being winched off the barges using the pulley overhead. Now no longer used, the plants are starting to take over. Also for Norm’s Thursday Doors.