I came across these images online today and thought I'd share with you a little bit of why I love architecture and why I especially love Europe. The railing is so organic in form its like a plant vine or blade of grass spiraling up.
"Stairs take an important place in Paris buildings. These are in the Galerie Vivienne, a passage built in 1823. The neo-classical style is inspired by the roman antic. The glass roof is elegant, the wall decorated with paintings and sculptures and the ground is covered with mosaic. A former convict prisoner who became chief of Police, lived in 1840 at number 13, on the other end of this passage."
More images to drool over avail at the below site