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Thursday Doors + CFFC: Door gifts + Lendava Castle

Every door is a gift, every gift is a door, and through its mouth we walk.

Today is a rare occasion that my door post most happily answers to two challenges: Dan is our usual Thursday Doors host, whereas Cee, having fun connecting to other challenges, has chosen Thursday Doors to play with this week.

This is such a great opportunity for bloggers to find a challenge just made for them, which is how I felt when I first saw that there were some people who wished to see my doors. The year was 2015 and I have been a regular ever since.

How I perceive doors as books and books as doors.
The stories of our lives” by Tracy Lundgren.

Before I show you my doors and door gifts, a note on a technicality that clearly still hasn’t been fixed: If you experience annoying throwbacks into my gallery when you attempt to write a comment, DO NOT DESPAIR! The trick is to refresh the page just before you start to write your comment and the problem will be no more. Thank you for persevering.

There are two galleries in this post. The first is made of door gifts – photos of doors that my family and friends sometimes gift to me and make me happy.

  • One door is by Crystal who recently braved the coldest cold in Boston (and went skiing!),
  • five from Slovenia are by my father who sent them to me back in October but nothing is ever lost on my blog,
  • the last balcony door and a barking bestia come from the Azores by way of Verne who posts wonderful photos and stories from his family travels on their blog Jules Verne Times Two (now three).

Thank you most kindly!

For the second gallery we stay in Slovenia, in Prekmurje, the Pannonian region of the “leather” door above. I was there in 2019 and have been posting art from in and around the Lendava Castle in my last three posts for Marsha’s Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC), including the Hundertwasser exhibition. As it often happens, I left out all the doors. Here they are now.

As you can see in the featured photo, Lendava was a candidate for the title European Capital of Culture 2025. This is bilingual territory, that’s why on the poster the first “a” in its name is blue. Hungary is just around the corner and in Hungarian it is called Lendva.

Just now I had a look to see if Lendava managed to win the title, and the answer is no. Interestingly, two other cities joined by the border – one of them in Slovenia – became European Capitals of Culture 2025, but they could not be further from Lendava. They are Gorizia in Italy and Nova Gorica in Slovenia, on the other side of our tiny but mighty cultural country.

For Thursday Doors challenge hosted by Dan at No Facilities

W3C Homepage

and for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Thursday Doors


This day in my blogging history


Published by Manja Maksimovič

A Slovenian in Italy for love. Blogger, photographer, translator and would-be writer who would be a writer if she wrote. Plus reluctant but emerging poet. Beware.

57 thoughts on “Thursday Doors + CFFC: Door gifts + Lendava Castle

  1. It’s good to see you knocking two challenges out of the park, Manja. I love it when we overlap.

    That dog could be the Thursday Doors mascot! That photo is great!

    I like the view done the stairs. I also like the angles you have in your photos today. Nicely done.

    Your doors are wonderful today. I am also having gallery problems today, with the Classic Gallery which will not allow me to rearrange images once the gallery is set.

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    1. Oh my, never a dull moment on here… I also notice some minor and not so minor differences almost daily. Thank you, Dan. I’m really glad for this double bill too. And I thought I’d show that a castle can also look more modern. And I’m glad that you like that dog door gift.

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  2. Thanks for including us, Manja! I had a vague recollection that the grumpy dog had a sidekick, so I went back to our unpublished photos from São Jorge. Low and behold, there he was, with the same bad temper but in a smaller package! Plus, there’s also a very creative use of a door… I’ll edit these extra photos and send them your way 🙂

    – Verne

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  3. How lovely that your friends and family now send you doors! That photo of the books with doors really intrigued me – not least because I saw Gene Stratton-Porter, an old childhood favourite, lurking there 😀

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  4. You always find amazing collections of whatever it may be Manja. This time matching two themes, well done!
    ..and you’re good at describing, telling and giving information that the rest of us are happy to take part in 🥰

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      1. Ha ha ha ha! Somehow I think yo’ll always be a few steps ahead of me! And God knows in which country.

        P.s. I can only manage a few posts at a time because I like to read them properly 🙂

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