Mystical Doors of Victoria, BC | Budget Adventure Travel

| September 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Have you ever experienced a moment where you just find yourself magically transported in to an alternate reality?

Many times over, when I have stood in front of doors and windows, I have experienced just this feeling. As a result, I have always been fascinated by doors and windows! Strange but true.

Romanesque style doorway in Butchart Gardens near Victoria, BC

Romanesque style doorway in Butchart Gardens near Victoria, BC

Besides the obvious interest in its functional and aesthetic design forms, I have always found it amusing to stare outside (and sometimes inside) through doors and windows and find myself drifting in to an alternate reality. Have you every found yourself transfixed while staring out an opening while driving, sitting in a bus, or simply when walking in to a room?

A view to a bloom, Butchart Gardens

A view to a bloom, Butchart Gardens

The ancients were much aware of this mystical element, as even back then, doors received the super-star treatment as it afforded the last and final touch of grandeur to the final piece. While the overall building was meant to be gawked at initially, the final focus always ended at the footsteps of the entrance – the majestic door that perhaps symbolized an entry to the soul of the person/s behind it. Perhaps this is why there is the reference again to a door in the commonly told jokes of entry questions asked by St. Peter at the Heaven’s Gate! Not at the “patio”, not on the “porch”, not on a “roof”.

A door or a no door?

A door or a no door?

Doors and windows have mystical elements with references to them being Portals to an alternate universe. Need further modern-day proof, then look further than your trusted Pinterest Board collective of such.

Iron gate in Victoria

Iron gate in Victoria

What if you could step through one and find yourself transported in to an alternate reality that you could pull yourself out off at anytime should you choose to. Or sometimes not!

Closed, Victoria

Closed, Victoria

Doors and windows also express personality of the occupant of the premises. Call it your Facebook landing page profile if you will.

Original door in Chinatown, Victoria

Original door in Chinatown, Victoria

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And sometimes it is meant to let your soul stay but query the world outside.

A room with a View (@ The West End Guesthouse)

A room with a View (@ The West End Guesthouse)

And sometimes the thinker becomes…….well….Thunk!

The reader becomes read! @ Fairmont Victoria Hotel

The reader becomes read! @ Fairmont Victoria Hotel

The slide show below showcases some prominent and unique collection of doors and windows I saw in Victoria, BC.

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Tell me, dear Reader, what does it mean to you?

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Portions of this trip were supported by Grayline Westcoast Sightseeing and The West End Guest House to whom I owe a generous warm and heartfelt thank you.

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Category: Budget Adventure Travel, Travels in British Columbia

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Larkycanuck is the pseudonym for the spirited, spontaneous and zestful Canadian. The Blog is focused on showcasing budget adventure travels for working families. Larkycanuck has traveled to over 15 countries, 38 cities in 10 years. He has never quit a job to do this. He travels with his wife and on some trips with the house rabbit (Pepper).

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