In 1964, a song entitled “A House Is Not A Home” was written by Burt Bacharach for the film of the same title. This was popularized by Dionne Warwick and many next generation artists followed suit and recorded the song. The latest version of the song was recorded in 2014.
The song actually brings to mind the basic differences between a house and a home. A house is simply a building or a structure. Whereas a home is a house where there are people living in love and harmony. A home is where one can find refuge and feel safe in spite of one’s weakness. A home is where someone can be accepted as family for whoever and whatever he/she is. A home is where someone is nurtured to reach his utmost potential. A home is where we can have our own sanctuary among people living in the bond of love.
Unfortunately, many of us have forgotten about building a home. Instead we build houses.
In this photo series, I compiled pictures of homes from different countries. I especially feature homes that are unique to the country (as evidence of their cultural heritage).
Houses on stilts which are in existence for 1300 years are found in Kampong Ayer in Brunei
About 30% of the Mongolians still live in a “ger”.
This is a traditional Loatian home in the rural area of Kuangsi, Laos.
Goreme in Cappadocia, Turkey is filled with rock formations that gave way to “cave homes”.
Being a resort city in Slovenia, Piran boasts of homes that are not only luxurious but also scenic.
This is part of the developed Maadi Heights in Cairo, Egypt.
Heidiland is a picturesque place in Switzerland. It is actually the setting of the story Heidi.
Houses in Bhutan are painted with religious images believed to protect it from evil spirits.
This luxurious house in Monaco is said to be the home of a middle eastern princess.
Bosnia-Herzegovina’s architecture has Medieval, Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian & Yugoslavian influences
Ngong Ping is a fishing village in the western coast of Lantau Island, Hong Kong.
This Spanish-colonial era house is found in Las Casas Filipinas in Bataan, Philippines.
Borghetto Italy is a lovely village where the Festival of Love Knots is being held annually.
Historically, Slovak homes consisted of just one room where all activities were being done.
Volendam Netherlands is Holland’s well-known fishing village.
This photo is an area known as the Old Town in Patan, Nepal where one can find old houses and shops.
In recent times, many housing developments are concentrated in Cardiff, Wales.
Szentendre is a town in Hungary, popular among tourists because of its museums.
In the 13th Cent., Jews were forced to live in only one area (the Jewish Quarter) in Prague, Czech Rep.
Amman is said to be the most populous city in Jordan but it is filled with historical sites.
Zagreb is the capital and largest city in Croatia
Rothenburg is a well-preserved medieval town in the region known as Bavaria, Germany
Toledo, Spain is known as the City of 3 Cultures because of Christians, Muslims & Jews influences
Edinburgh is recognized as the capital of Scotland ever since the 15th Century
Stratford, England is a “market town” since it held weekly markets dating back to King Richard I’s era.
Settlement in Vaduz Liechtenstein started in the 5th Cent. Many houses are listed & therefore protected.