Although, there are similarities, it seems that no two are ever quite alike.
Made popular in the early 1800's, it is hard to go far in France, without seeing a lovely balcony somewhere.
It is not hard to imagine, that at the time, the choice of your balcony was making a major personal statement.
Today they are still lovingly used, festooned with flowers & plants.
Or like this one, giving a little shade from the intense summer sun.
There are, however, those that are just there, elegantly decorating old buildings, no longer in use, giving a sense of mystery & intrigue.
One can imagine how it must have felt to walk out on such a balcony so long ago & observe the surrounding view.
The city of Toulouse has many stately balconies, each one more decorative & intricate than the next.
But personally, I prefer the simpler ones in the smaller towns & villages.
On some taller buildings, there are double storied balconies. Although old & rusty now, one can picture how at one time they added a sense of style to grand homes & apartments.
There is just something so French about "French doors" opening onto an old iron balcony filled with plants & flowers.
Don't you think?