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My name is Rachel Carr and I started This Is Carrt in 2014 when my husband's job moved to Germany and I decided to give up my day job in the city and go with him on the adventure! I had always loved to travel and write, and was also passionate about photography so one day I sat down and mingled all three of them on this website and my Etsy page. I write about a wide range of things like how to cope with airline hand luggage allowances to what to wear to any destination wedding. However, when I write up a holiday destination, there are more often than not a few common themes linking what are otherwise very different places:

1) Food. I love to eat. It structures my day to day life as well as any trip that I go on. I think food is a great way to start to experience a new culture as well as meeting new people.

2) Value. I don't get swayed by places to be seen and clothing to be seen in for the sake of it. I hate being ripped off. Be that by a fiver or by hundreds of pounds. If an activity or an excursion I go on is expensive but an amazing experience, I will still highly recommend it, but won't recommend it simply because it is deemed luxury.

3) Beauty. I love looking at pretty things. They don't have to have a purpose!

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I Have This Thing With Doors

Our Blog - Dedicated to Travel, Food, Lifestyle and Fashion

With a love of travel and writing as well as a passion for photography, this blogsite and my Etsy page mingles all three.

I Have This Thing With Doors

Rachel Carr

When my girlfriend, Miss H of St Girons and Maddy Hinton Casting fame, suggested that I do a series of pictures simply dedicated to doors, I took note. You see, whilst Miss H may have a penchant for gin, rum and wine at various hours of the 24 hour clock, she is also one of the more sensible of my friends. Therefore, if she suggests something, I pretty much blindly assume that I should do it. Her suggestions are how I ended up in Paris for my 30th, her approval is how I kept dating my now husband, and her strength to start up her own business gave me the encouragement to start mine.

My Limited Edition Prints and blog this week are, therefore, solely about doors. A topic perhaps, at first, more suited to a DIY blog. A tricky subject to make entertaining as a consequence. Especially when one considers that for this blogger any DIY I partake in starts with 'Hubby can you...' or a pair of tweezers/scissors/last year's stiletto heels. However, I am exceedingly pleased with the results of my pictorial labour. Having been lucky enough to travel far and wide this year, I have coincidentally taken many pictures of many different types of doors. Collating them all together for this blog, and seeing their differences side by side, is not only visually interesting, but also a simple visual reminder of the various cultures around the globe. For instance, the intricacy of the temple doors of Tirta Ganga, East Bali compared to the rustic, rough edge doors of old Tuscan farm buildings. It should be noted that I have not been able to include any doors from Germany. I can only attribute this to the country being so efficient that any antique doors have been replaced by more durable, more ugly PVC type things. But hey, they keep the heating bills down.

I have several favourite images, as ever, this week, but I am particularly fond of the doors by the canal in Ghent. I can remember being fortunate to visit Ghent on a beautiful sunny Spring day, and the light in which I shot these canal side images was simply perfect. It was like golden hour on steroids. I also like these pictures as they allude to Ghent's hey day - how the doors leading straight on to the canal were the city's way of doing business by water, helping it to become one of the powerhouses of Europe in days gone by. I'd love to hear of your favourites, and if you would like to purchase any of these pics, the price list is here, but I love it when people buy several shots so I can offer them a discount!

Hope you all have a great week,


Rachel x

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