Weekly Photo Challenge: Home

This week’s photo challenge is Home.

I would like to feature homes of animals ; like bird’s nest, fox holes, lion’s den, small crabs having a beautiful shell as home and tortoise carrying a hard “home” around. However, I don’t have such photos!

I also like to know how the other 6 billion people in this world live; what sort of residences they call home. I know a house is not a home. However, how often you are allowed to take pictures inside other people’s home. So my collection here are houses or other people’s home as they appear to a tourist.

I like homes with a lot of plants. My apartment has a lot of plants, houses with a lot of plants make me feel homey. We saw this house on top of a pharmacy in Annecy, France with a lot of green plants. The plants  spreaded out to several floors; we were drawn to it.DSCF1046

Not far away from this house are houses built on the edge of a river course in Annecy. What’s it like to live hard against a river?DSCF1050

Back in Fung Huang (Phoenix ) ancient city of China, we like these house along the river with a pagoda in the background.DSC_0013

High up in the tea plantation of ZhangJiaJie, we were intrigued by this house which has a bit of lake in the front. Access to the house is by way a series of stepping-stones in the water. The house seemed to have been wedged in between two stone faced hills.CIMG0309

This thatched house in Shirakawa-go in Japan is a very rudimentary form of a house, with A- shaped steep roofs and  located next to the paddy field.DSC_0165

I like houses overlooking rivers , lakes or seas. These houses overlook the Bosphorus in Turkey. The sun was setting, these houses just stood out against a darker background.CIMG0579

Even in the same country, the living condition of people can vary widely. In Cappadocia, Turkey, some people lives in limestone caves. In the picture below, you can see car parking just outside the limestone residences.CIMG0355

Many people do not have a view out to water. Although Dubrovnik, Croatia is close to the sea, these houses are bounded by the seawalls and do not have a sea view. Dubrovnik has a lot of sunshine, naturally, this is used for drying clothes.DSCF0919

In LiJiang, Yunnan of China, these residences have highly decorated window screens.DSC_0001

Further up the mountains of Yunnan, in a place now used to call Shangrila, hundreds of small houses cluttered together. All these houses have light colored slate tiles as roofing.DSC_0044

Near to the desert in Inner Mongolia, China, many people still live in tents which are called yurts. Some of these people, who may have ancestors related to Genghis Khan, are still nomads.DSCF2258

Undoubtedly, the above only features a small proportion of how the other 6 billion on this planet lives. I hope, some day, my travels can be extended to cover how some people lives in houses made of earth and cow dung, people living in boat shaped structures  etc. My present collection is, of course, limited by my travels.

Coming to think about it, no matter the shape or form of these houses, people still prefer their own beds and kitchens in their own homes rather  than those provided by modern hotels!