The French have style all sewn up. Whether you are talking haute cuiture or perfect patisserie, they know how to present things in their best light.
They are masters of the art of adornment, so ingrained that it is almost casual the way that the most mundane of items can become a work of art in its own right.
Almost every door has a knocker that lifts it from the ordinary. Hands, fish, horns of plenty and even swans provide furnishings to the humblest of doors.
Locks and handles are quirky, texture and colour play their part too. I snap photos and cause much laughter amongst my friends who warn me that I look somewhat suspicious sidling up to doorways and photographing the locks.
Even garage doors have a beauty all their own, some overgrown and peeping through the foliage. Others that special pale blue that is so typically French.
Some houses just glory in this colour and the simplicity carries it through.
Gateways to secret doors and stairways to somewhere.
Gorgeous gardens behind bars. Flowers abound and a table and chair beckon one to sit awhile and enjoy the day.
Even a ring on a wall can look like art.
Simple things, that special touch that is France.