Drop everything, dear, and come along.
We’re flying off on a whirlwind tour of shacks and chalets, hovels and halls, cottages and castles worldwide …
Oh, but, no. Not that sort of chalet. The home-sweet-homes we’re hunting aren’t inhabited by humans, honey.
Catch the clue?
Each bungalow along our route, big or small, belongs to … bees.
That’s right. We’re traveling around the world in 80 hives!
(Well, okay, maybe not 80, but a bunch of buzzing beauties nonetheless.)
First stop—in alphabetical order, because my sense of direction has never been all that keen—Austria.
Just look at the intricacy of this unique alpine getaway:
Looking for something more rustic? Try these jungle bungalows in Burkina Faso (a country in western Africa):
Or these woodsy log homes in the forest of Sichuan, China:
In Croatia, the communal hives are distinguished by simple signs:
While the hives in the Czech Republic are nothing short of architectural artwork:
In Ethiopia, the bees nest in trees:
French hives are fabulously pastoral, as you might have guessed:
In Germany, the accommodations range from humbly traditional skeps to elaborate sculptures:
Have a look at this charming stone community cottage in Hungary:
And, oh, don’t you just love these hand-carved hives in Lithuania?
Polish beehives are as diverse as they are delightful, so let’s linger for a while:
Now, on to Portugal, where we behold this bark-covered cabin:
In Russia, this hive is a resplendent replica of the Troitsky Monastery in Tyumen:
And, as luck would have it, we may have saved the best for last …
If I were a bee, I’d love to stay in Slovenia for a spell, wouldn’t you?
The one country we didn’t tour was the U.S., because I’m leaving that leg of our journey up to you.
If you have—or have seen—a heavenly hive close to home, take me on a virtual visit!
Wow, these bee hives are wonderful and creative. I love how the various countries have come up with their own unique styles and some of them are architectural prizes! My favorite are the Polish creations. How about the gypsy wagon look? Adorable! Have bees will travel to your orchard. Do you think bees are happier in really cute digs?
I so enjoyed the “bee hive tour”…some of those were so amazing..I think maybe other countries care for the bees in a little bit more special way then we do here in the US…hmm…we should take note of that…how are your bees, Mary Jane? I would love to see photos of your hives! My mom and Dad raised bees on their farm, many hives all painted different colors…bee attracting, of course… along with sheep and hay. Mostly my mom took care of the bees and she also taught beekeeping at a University near them in Va. My girls grew up on their farm…summer visits were so wonderful…my Dad had retired after 35 years working for the government and became a farmer! 19 years of farming before he passed….he so loved the farm…we all so loved the bees and the honey!!
All of these people in these diverse nations really love their bees and they truly show it !I have never seen such works of architectural wonder. What a wonderful travel tour . I’d seen the hives in trees in parts of africa but did not know what they were. The very best honey I’ve eaten is jungle honey from the Amazon Jungles, pitch black and tasted of every tropical flower you’d ever seen.
The honey in Kenya is high mountain grown like their coffee and is also black as molasses and sweet like coffee blossoms. And our own white Sourwood honey from the Appalachia mountains. As it is said:
” Most honey is made by bees. But sourwood is made by bees and angels”. – Carson Brewer, writer
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