Red Carpet or Lavender Fields? Unusual Thursday Doors

If you would have to choose, red carpet or lavender fields, your choice would be… but before you answer, let’s see what’s all about on this week’s Thursday Doors.

One of the last places where I would like to be photographed is on my way to the ladies restroom, the toilet, the loo, the john, the privy, the outhouse… Yet there is such a place in Romania, although the flashes coming on as one would stroll along don’t take actual pictures. It is the Park Lake Mall in Bucharest.

With the Oscars around the corner, here’s how it might feel walking down the red carpet:

Red Carpet or Lavender Fields, unusual Thursday Doors

Are you sure you are dressed up for the occasion? Left or right…

Red Carpet or Lavender Fields, unusual Thursday Doors. Park Lane Mall Oscars toilet entrance

If the red carpet is not your thing, then a field of French lavender, and this way’s to the Ladies room, past the French bistro.

The upside down toilet is all about decor, you have to take my word for it πŸ™‚

Red Carpet or Lavender Fields, unusual Thursday Doors. Park Lane Mall upside down toilet

And you may hold onto the wall as you make your way.

See? All is well inside.

Red Carpet or Lavender Fields, unusual Thursday Doors. Park Lane Mall upside down toilet

Oh, and before you leave the mall, do remember where you parked your car πŸ™‚

Mini Cooper cars hinting towards the Ladies and Gents

Public toilets are never my favorite spot – whose are ? – but this place will always be remembered as an adventure πŸ™‚

Now, I do owe you some doors, so here is the entrance to the Nazareth House in Pretoria, an NGO living facility for old people. My daughter’s high-school choir used to hold their annual concerts there πŸ™‚

Nazareth House opened on the 26th of October 1952. The first Sisters of Nazareth arrived in South Africa in 1881 at the invitation of the Bishop of Cape Town. Their mission was to care for indigent elderly and orphaned children.

Doors are often seen as a place of transition, as well as an opportunity for good or evil forces to enter or leave, hence doorways are often guarded, as you can see in the images above.

Shh, choir practice πŸ™‚

The door below, this one’s seen as a right of passage… you have to be a soprano or an alto, a tenor or a bass to walk through this door πŸ™‚

Nazareth House Pretoria, side entrance into the chapel
Nazareth House Pretoria, side entrance into the chapel

I have fond memories of this place. The chapel is spacious, without being large, and it would always fill to capacity during the annual choir concert. Seated on long, wooden benches we would tighten the rows to make space for a late arrival. There was a feeling of togetherness. I wonder if it will prevail after all the space the Covid-19 Pandemic will leave behind.

Nazareth House, Pretoria, the chapel
Nazareth House choir performance
thursday doors, 100 words story

Thursday Doors is a blog feature everyone can take part in, hosted by Dan Antion over at No Facilities – where you can discover more doors from around the world.

25 Replies to “Red Carpet or Lavender Fields? Unusual Thursday Doors”

    1. I was digging though some old pictures πŸ™‚
      The problem with that car image is that my car is blue πŸ™‚ Ha ha.
      Kind thanks for visiting and commenting, Michael.

  1. Am happy to see Bucharest has modernized since we were there! Love the (first) hall and the lights of the restroom.The decorations in the hall make it classy! Great you could capture the choir – it tells of a church and a community that is alive:) Great post! Jesh

  2. Oh, Bucharest has changed tremendously πŸ™‚ I am quite proud of it.
    Tell you what, I’ll write myself a note (ha ha) and make next week’s Thursday Doors post about it. πŸ™‚

    Thank you πŸ™‚ Have a lovely (almost) weekend!

  3. What a fun and lovely post. I once tried getting a picture of a very interesting ladies’ room door. Just as I snapped, the door opened and this woman was standing there with me pointing the camera at her. I wanted to run. I tried to explain. She looked at me like I was crazy, but laughed it off.

  4. Ha ha ha πŸ™‚
    We were there early morning, still my daughter was mortified that I snap my camera left and right πŸ˜‰

    1. My pleasure, Martina. Quite distracting, but so much fun πŸ™‚

      The doors from your blog post are gorgeous, Martina. Thank you for sharing them with us. You might want to consider joining the Thursday Doors community πŸ™‚

    1. Oh, me too, Janet. But I wouldn’t mind the red carpet experience either πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Hi Patricia! The upside down toilet is quite a place, it must be a fun experience to visit the ladies room! Thank you for sharing this!

  6. It was a most unsettling experience walking around the upside down one, Blanca πŸ™‚

    Great pleasure πŸ˜‰ Thank you for taking time to visit.

        1. That one was unsettling!
          We were there very early, so had time to visit with the sole purpose of seeing πŸ˜‰

  7. You may be quite sure, alas, that the pandemic will distance people (physically)… forever, I think. But the sense of togetherness will remain. We have to thank music for that. Music brings us together… always!

  8. Yes, something different πŸ™‚
    The cars were so sweet.

    Kind thanks for the follow, Jean πŸ˜‰

  9. I’d take the red carpet experience but only if I held the microphone and I asked all the questions lol Very cool post!

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