There is just something so intriguing about peeking through a French gate. I always have the feeling of being locked out & wanting to know what lies beyond. My curiosity is peeked.
Certainly, the closed gate adds an air of mystery to already mysterious buildings. There is just enough of a view, to make you want to see more.
The wrought iron gate, much like the wrought iron balcony, is classic French & like the balcony, you find them everywhere. They provide entry into lovely shaded gardens, as does the robin's egg blue gate below.
Some are made more formidable than others. One must ascend a stone stairway to reach this gate, canopied with an arbor of wisteria.
Many of the gates are beautifully detailed & even though worn, a rusty patina simply adds to the charm.
There are those that are simple in design, but none the less, make a statement of pure elegance & grandeur.
Others speak of privacy within.
There are the overly ornate....
....as well as the plain.
Each gate adds a sense of style to the dwelling it protects.
When a gate is opened wide, there is a desire to step inside, into another world.