Greek doors sport color and style
I get it. If your decorating your Greek Island villa threshold, do it with a flair. I have searched out the antiques of the colorful doorways on these Cycladic Islands and the thrill of finding a rare door-knocker is around every corner. The weathered brass ones have character and personalities. The woman’s delicate hand on the wooden door reaches out for your grip, has the warmth and smoothness that makes you linger before the strike of metal on metal. But, expect a loud retort from her, when you apply a bit too much force. The faces on the painted metal strikers give a sad expression. Their personalities warrant kindness toward the thankless job that they do. I use them boldly and then pass on by, relishing the joy found on the other side and leaving them behind to face the emptiness of the narrow whitewashed lane. Photography abounds here.
Mykonos is a good start to find them. The Mykonian maze of paths and terraces enjoy this unique embellishment on many doors. More treasures lie on the little island of Hydra, just an hour and a half away by Flying Dolphin ferry ride from Athens. They, the residents, enjoy no motor vehicles, only donkeys and small fishing boats. True bliss! Mule hooves on the cobblestone streets compete with the door-knockers. A nice combination in the village on this great Greek Island.