If you remember my trip to Venice last year-you might know that I have a slight fascination with door knockers.
I have thousands of photos of door knockers from my travels around the world. I joke that I am working on a really boring coffee table book.
Here were some of my favorites from my trip to Cartagena (this is my edited version- too many favorites to leave some out!)
I loved the huge array of ornate door knockers that can be seen on almost every door around the city.
I was really interested in the history of the door knockers and to why they were all different. Some of animals (fish, lions, lizards) and all different sizes (some as big as two feet!)
After a little research, I learned that the shape of the animals denoted the family's principal trade, for example: fish- merchant, lion- teacher. I also learned that the number of times that someone knocks on the door depends on how well the dweller and the visitor know each other. The fewer the knocks, the more distant the relationship. One knock for a stranger and four for a good friend.
I definitely had people looking at me while on this trip (its not like I exactly blend in). I assure you I got the most looks from people wondering why I was spending so much time taking multiple photos of every door knocker in town!