Monday, October 17, 2011

Courtyard stairway


Peering into a quiet courtyard,
these steps and terrace were inviting us to enter.

26 comments:

Bienvenue chez French Girl in Seattle... said...

The steps and terrace are inviting... the dark corner in the background, not so much ;-) Who knows what could be lurking there? Great shot Genie. Love the black and white. Veronique

winterludes said...

i like this b&w picture.

Pet said...

Did you manage to break in somehow? :-)

Malyss said...

And did you?...

this is Belgium said...

Like the combination of the two balustrades

M said...

Love the B&W and the different balustrades and wrought iron detail you have captured. This is a great way to remind us that there are interesting photographic subjects everywhere you look! I hope you are home safe & sound!

Paris Paul said...

And what, pray tell, was going on beneath the footbridge?

Aesthetic Alterations said...

Magnificent! I totally want to find this gem!

Irredento Urbanita said...

A grey but generous welcome. Lovely textures in monochrome.

Hugs

Valery

Barcelona Daily Photo

Virginia said...

And you didn't march right up those stairs???
V

Amanda said...

i love ornate wrought iron.......it's so romantic.

what did you find at the top of the stairs?

Sylvia K said...

Well, they're certainly inviting me, I know!! I, too, love the ornate wrought iron. Terrific, inviting capture as always, Genie! Hope your week is off to a great start, mon amie!

Hugs
Sylvia

Kris said...

Genie,

This is gorgeous photo. I love the metal railing. Gorgeous! If I were in Paris, I would spend hours just walking around taking pictures. Sigh...Bet you are getting excited about your trip!

Kris

Cezar and Léia said...

ça me donne envie d'aller! :)
bises
Léia

Starman said...

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the euro is on the way up again.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Lovely shot.
Sam

Loree said...

I hope you entered dear Genie so you can tell us what you saw.

Dianne said...

The French do everything so pretty - even stairs!

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Erika said...

I like very much your black and white picture.
Kiss

Jack said...

Elegant, Genie. I think we need to act like we belong. Take my arm, Genie, we are going in . . .

Randy said...

So decorative and beautiful. Love it in B&W.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

This was a "locked" and gated entrance to a large home just outside of Parc de Monceau. The stairs led to a door, perhaps the back door of the mansion? The stone balustrade is an elevated "patio" although I am not certain of the French term other than terasse.

I often enter if there is a crack in the barrier, but this would have taken a climb over the top. Most of the gates have vertical bars and nothing to help one climb. (just kidding as I do not scale high gates with or without toe-holds!)

Welcome architecture, kate, and annabelle! Thanks to all for your comments and appreciation of the little secrets here. Just arrived home... two days and gone again.

Bises,
Genie

martinealison said...

Une bien belle rampe...
Une invitation certaine...
gros bisous

Halcyon said...

Parfait en noir et blanc. :)
Love the details of the ironwork.

James said...

Makes me wonder what's at the top.