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26 September 2015 / leggypeggy

A green door and brass plaque trigger my imagination

Green door, Draguignan, France

A green door in Draguignan

As I stroll through narrow laneways in France, Spain and Belgium, my mind often takes another course—tagging along with the fictional detectives and crime fighters of continental Europe.

Suddenly I’m sipping pastis in a small French bar with Georges Simenon’s Maigret. A little later Agatha Christie’s Poirot is pointing accusingly at me as I fumble to hide something in my pocket. Luckily, Inspector Rex of Austria leaps up just in time to push me out of the way of a speeding car. It would have been death, for sure. As an aside, Australia is Inspector Rex’s biggest audience outside Austria.

But reality hits and suddenly I am returned to a side street in Draguignan in the south of France.

I don’t always daydream, but there’s something about Europe. Maybe it was that green door I saw in Draguignan. Its colour and sign brought back memories of a song from my childhood and tales of mystery.

If you don’t know the 1956 song Green Door by Jim Lowe, here’s your chance to hear it. I’ve listened to it thousands of times since my childhood. And if you’ve never seen a brass plaque like the one below, step a little closer and maybe this one will trigger your imagination as it did mine.

Detective sign

You have to call for an appointment (rendez-vous)


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  1. suchled / Sep 26 2015 7:00 am

    I love this post. And I’ve just posted about Spain – just for you.


    • leggypeggy / Sep 26 2015 7:01 am

      Oh, so we’ve got some mental telepathy, detective work going on here?


  2. / Sep 26 2015 7:00 am

    Danke. Wir haben auch einen Blog! L.G Wolfgang


  3. Aufgewacht / Sep 26 2015 7:13 am

    Sherlock Holmes 🙂


    • leggypeggy / Sep 26 2015 3:57 pm

      Oh yes, him too. But I think of him being in England and not so much on the continent.

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  4. Rhonda / Sep 26 2015 8:10 am

    Did you tell ’em that Joe sent you?


    • leggypeggy / Sep 26 2015 3:57 pm

      No one answered the door. I should have made an appointment. 😦


  5. blondieaka / Sep 26 2015 11:48 am

    Awwwww sleuths aside…I love doors! If I see an interesting door or a picture of a door I gravitate towards it, they fascinate me or maybe just my imagination . Love that pic 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • leggypeggy / Sep 26 2015 3:58 pm

      I love doors too and have many pictures of them. Now that I know they’re so popular, I’ll do some posts on more doors.

      Liked by 2 people

      • blondieaka / Sep 26 2015 4:30 pm

        Cool look forward to it 🙂


  6. mistermuse / Sep 26 2015 2:05 pm

    I remember the GREEN DOOR song well. As for the green door in the pix, it’s both appealing and a-peeling, with the latter making the former even more so (at least, that’s the way I see it). 🙂


  7. Midwestern Plant Girl / Sep 26 2015 8:40 pm

    This reminded me of a ‘verbal puzzle’ game we’d play while camping that would drive any newbie in the group nuts. It was called ‘Green Glass Door’ (GGD). How it goes:
    Bobby can go thru the GGD, but Susie can’t.
    Holly can go thru the GGD, but Stan can’t.
    Puppies can go thru the GGD, but cats can’t.
    Poppies can go thru the GGD, but daisies can’t.
    The folks that knew the game would give many suggestions like this for the newbie to try to figure out why only some can go thru and some can’t.
    Have you seem a pattern yet?


    • leggypeggy / Sep 27 2015 5:25 am

      Ah, yes, it took a while but I see the pattern, but not the design. 🙂

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  8. lulu / Sep 27 2015 2:11 am

    This is just great. That door could spawn a great story.


    • leggypeggy / Sep 27 2015 5:27 am

      Probably many stories. Maybe I need to go back and make an appointment with the detective.


  9. lambieland / Sep 27 2015 11:37 am

    Love the door—love the post!! P.S. I am clueless about the pattern of the verbal puzzle. And it’s driving me nuts.


    • leggypeggy / Sep 27 2015 3:36 pm

      I’ll give you a few days and then reveal the answer, if that’s okay with Midwestern Plant Girl. Or maybe she’d like to give some clues.


  10. Vicki / Sep 27 2015 9:42 pm

    Love the shot of the green door, Peggy.
    I must say I’m a sucker for weathered door images and can never get enough of them.


    • leggypeggy / Sep 28 2015 2:34 am

      I’m a sucker for weathered doors too and have lots of random pictures. Must think of a way to post more.

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      • Vicki / Sep 28 2015 9:00 am

        Please do…..perhaps a post titled the The Doors of Europe (or Asia)


      • leggypeggy / Oct 1 2015 4:23 am

        I’m most likely to be able to do one on the doors of Central Asia.


  11. Traditionally Modern Food / Sep 28 2015 5:55 am

    Green door looks very nice.. Grt pic and nicely written


  12. chattykerry / Oct 1 2015 1:23 am

    I love it! My ‘interesting’ mum worked for a private detective agency which was bought out by the Pinkerton agency.


    • leggypeggy / Oct 1 2015 4:23 am

      Oh wow, I bet your mum has some interesting stories to tell. Or is she sworn to life-long secrecy?

      Liked by 1 person

      • chattykerry / Oct 1 2015 4:51 am

        She died about 13 years ago so perhaps she is sleuthing up there? 🙂 She mostly worked for department stores in Europe (internal fraud). After living in the States she had a good American accent that lulled the corrupt workers into a false sense of security.


      • leggypeggy / Oct 1 2015 6:33 am

        I hope she’s sleuthing up there. And Yank accent! What a perfect cover for her.


  13. jeanleesworld / Apr 29 2016 12:31 am

    Ooooh, I love this! I adore Agatha Christie, Sir Doyle, Colin Dexter, PD James, Ellis Peters…yeah, I like my cozy mysteries. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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