Windows and doorways, whether open or shut hold a fascination, a wonder at other lives within.
Old shutters covered with ivy, like a natural padlock to the outside world. Secrets long past hide behind in the cool darkness within.
This balcony beside a sign "Rou de la Paix", the blue street on the monopoly board, the top place to win and put on your hotels and houses, just like park Lane and Mayfair on the English version. Streets with this name abound, but kind of fun to see one for yourself, complete with a rounded balcony and arches.
Pretty windows lined with lace, not tatty nets, but fun designs, adding charm where none is required, but a touch of privacy for those within.
Ornate or plain, frames to the world within.
High or low, barred or balconied, they all have a charm that just doesn't exist in modern plate glass double glazed nasty plastic windows so popular in the UK. Like the blinded eyes of a statue in stone, they hold no secrets or interestt in their outlook. They are merely holes in a building, letting in shafts of light or breath of air.
The French do Charm with a great big C when it comes to windows, shutters and all that jazz. It seems to be a natural thing, not competitively forced like some Hyacinth Bouquet housing estate. No, it is just French…..