Friday Doors: Pattensen

Pattensen is a small town in Lower Saxony, near Hannover. (I’m including that detail because it makes it sound less like a “Kaff“). We passed through Pattensen on our way to visit friends and found a multicache that took us around an old church building and associated structures.


The sky was such a bright blue, leaving strong shadows. We had to find numbers on the sides of buildings (such as dates) and then do calculations to find the final coordinates for the last stage of the cache.

This process, like Thursday Doors, always forces me to slow down and look at things I would otherwise miss. Two things especially impressed me about this area: the brickwork, and the ivy around some of the doors.

Our teenage children were not particularly into this activity. They looked briefly at the buildings and then mostly stayed in the car, on their phones. Admittedly when I was a teenager I had much the same reaction to car travel and “sightseeing.” I slept a lot to prevent getting carsick, and then was groggy and cranky when I got out and had to look at something.

And even as an adult I sometimes struggle with my role while traveling. What’s interesting and what’s not? When I get home, will I wonder why I even have all these pictures on my phone? Is it the digital equivalent of clutter?

Participating in Thursday Doors for the past couple of years, and geocaching, have given me an organizing principle for some of these photos. They are collections.

Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, has an interesting take on collections and photographs (and collections of photographs). “Taking photos,” she says, “is a common way to incorporate a mission into traveling. Not only does this help keep memories vivid, it also makes you more attuned to your environment while traveling.” She also mentions the competing truth that “for some people, taking photos can become a barrier to experience; they get so focused on getting the photos that they don’t enjoy the reality.” Both of these can be true, even of the same person; but I think the anti-photo viewpoint gets more airplay these days. I like acknowledging the other side too.

Thursday (or Friday in a pinch) Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American Eastern Time), on the linky list. This week our fearless leader, Norm 2.0 is on vacation and Mexi Movie is generously hosting the blog hop. 


Follow my European trip with this and previous posts:

September 6, 2018: Birdhouse Cache

August 30, 2018: Achtung, Baby!

August 16, 2018: Ku’Damm

August 9, 2018: Berliner Dom

July 20, 2018: Berlin Walk

June 13, 2018: Thursday “Tors”: Brandenburg

June 7, 2018: Germany

13 thoughts on “Friday Doors: Pattensen”

    1. Now finding and looking at old photographs is more of a “treasure hunt” than it will be in the future. But I agree with you. I really like things like Facebook’s “on this day” feature, looking back at what I was doing 2, 5, even 9 years ago is very interesting and helps keep me connected and grounded. While I like the idea of living “in the moment” and not letting mistakes of the past drag you down, I really think that idea can be taken too far. The past also has a lot to teach us about the present and the future.

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  1. As someone who has a photo folder on my computer for practically every DAY and rarely spend time outdoors without my camera, your post raises some hard questions. Is keeping all those photos a digital equivalent of clutter indeed? 😮 No no no, I don’t think so! But I like it how you continue and proclaim it collecting. 😉 I think it’s on us to only view the camera as a pal and sometimes share something we see with it (okay, often!) but otherwise live our lives as we used to do. I see my photography as memory-collecting and recording sights (unseen) that I and possibly others would be happy to (re)view.

    I like it how you take time for doors even during your activity. They are lovely! I was often sick as a child in the car too, and if someone would show me doors then, I’d roll my eyes. 😀

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    1. Taking time for doors is helping me be a better sight-seer. I can still find sightseeing rather boring at times and looking for doors (or geocaches) helps keep me engaged.

      I understand your point of living our lives “as we used to” as long as the way we used to live was good or something we want to continue. But at least in my case, that isn’t necessarily true. Even without the camera I often wasn’t in the moment and didn’t notice things.

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      1. Oh, by ‘living as we used to’ I meant living without all the devices, off the grid. It’s true also for me that now I notice more and am glad for this. But before we were more together, or at least together in a different way. But now we can be together over the oceans. 🙂 Thank you for the follow!

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      2. I’m not even sure about being “more together” before, in my case. I’m pretty introverted and I process things slowly. I found a lot of in-person social interactions overwhelming and ended up hiding from people, if not literally, at least mentally. I was (am) very good at being isolated in a crowd. The devices help me choose distance, speed and a level of interaction that is more comfortable for me.

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