One Village

In my travels I prefer a village setting to a big city, and will bypass London for thatched roof country, or head straight out of Rome to explore the ancient villages of Umbria , Tuscany or Ligurnia.  All over the world, they are so different.

On the little island of Aeroskobing in Denmark…

…or above the clouds high up in the mountains of Switzerland.

At sea level in Iceland…

….or at the foot of a Norman castle in Ireland.

In the shadow of Cesky Krumlov Castle in the Czech Republic…

…or on the shore of a fjiord in Norway.

Beneath an ancient Roman aquaduct in Spain…

…or on a little cobbled street in Dorset.

Each has its own unique story and history…





And characters…

All so different and yet so familiar.

Almost like family.

Copyright 2012 Naomi Baltuck



  1. Samir says:

    Wow… so many place! 🙂

    1. Hi Samir! Thank you so much for stopping by.

  2. Great photos! And so many wonderful memories!

    1. Hi Annika, Thank you! We have collected them over a period of many years. Thank you for visiting, and taking the time to comment.

  3. sue says:

    What wonderful travels you have collected in your basket. 🙂 What wisdom to share from them.

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, and taking the time to share your very sweet comments!

  4. eof737 says:

    The settings you share are simple beautiful… 🙂

    1. Thank you, Elizabeth!

  5. Grace says:

    The Denmark photo looks like a village in Czech. Awesome pictures!

    1. Thank you for your visit. I put in a photo from the Czech Republic just for you, Grace!

  6. Such wonderful pics!!! I wish I could visit all of these places. 🙂 Wonderful!

    1. Thank you! I hope you can too.

  7. I loved your post -so many interesting villages and people!

    1. I sure thank you for stopping by, and taking a moment to comment. I look forward to checking out your blog!

  8. fgassette says:

    A beautiful and colorful post of some terrific places. Thanks for sharing.


    1. Thank you so much! I appreciate your visit.

  9. Naomi! You brought so many memories back to me with your first photo, I had not even read that it was taken in Denmark and I already knew it, it looks pretty much like the neighborhood that was next to my school, I love that kind of architecture and it reminds me a lot on my exchange; But I like the other ones too, the second one looks pretty much like Colombia, and the street performer is truly fascinating.

    1. Hi Pablo,
      I forgot that you had studied in Denmark. It is a wonderful country! Was it a big adjustment? The weather is very different from Columbia. I have heard that Columbia is beautiful and green.

      1. Yes, Colombia is really green and the landscpaes are amazing, but in Denmark there are really beautiful places too; it was a big change but I liked it, it is a different chapter of my life and I enjoyed every single second up there 🙂

      2. That’s so cool, Pablo. My son studied abroad in Argentina last year. He loved studying abroad, and is going back on a Fulbright next March.

  10. TheOthers1 says:

    Every time you post your pictures I think about how badly I want to travel with you. That and listen to you tell stories. 🙂

    1. Dear C.C.,
      That is one of the biggest compliments you could pay me, and I am honored! Thank you so much!

  11. jakesprinter says:

    What a complete and great contribution for this week theme ,
    I love it Thanks for sharing my friend 🙂

    1. Thank you, Jake, for hosting Sunday Post. It’s always fun to see what you will come up with! I appreciate your visit, and your very sweet comments.

  12. Millie Ho says:

    Amazing journey, Naomi! Why bring a whole cadre of travelling companions when there is so much domestic camaraderie? 😀

    1. Thank you, Millie. It is really cool to meet new folks on the road–they all have such interesting stories.

      1. Millie Ho says:

        I bet. The last time I went traveling was to the 2010 International Expo in Shanghai. I felt like I never left home. Looking forward to your new adventures, Naomi!

      2. Thank you, Millie. I have never been to Asia. One day I would really like to go there.

  13. Jamie Dedes says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed. 😉

  14. t2van says:

    Loved this post Naomi!…I think what wonderful memories you’ve made as a family and for your children…I especially love the photo of the man “talking” to the swan on the road that always floods. Life should have that sign hanging over it, lol.

    1. Dear Terri,
      Thank you for your thoughtful and very kind words. We really live fairly modestly–rarely go out to eat, don’t do much shopping, we’ve lived int he same house for over twenty years. Travel has been our priority and our big indulgence, and it has been really love to share with the kids.
      I loved your thoughts on the road sign! The Swan Man is such an interesting person! I have met him several times on different trips while doing research for a book that will be set in Bosham. I don’t know where he lives; I just know I will find him feeding the swans. He always takes us around on a tour, and tells us stories of the village and the people who live there–things we couldn’t possibly learn anywhere else.

  15. wonderful pictures! it’s the way i like to travel as well 🙂

    1. HI Beth,
      Thanks for stopping by.

  16. Elisa says:

    Naomi, this is the most beautiful travel retrospective I have ever had the pleasure to view! Gorgeous pictures, thank you do much for sharing your story!

    1. Dear Elisa, you are so kind! Thank you so much for such sweet words! You really made my day!

  17. restlessjo says:

    What a very charming piece. I love it!

  18. Madhu says:

    Beautiful selection Naomi! Love these snapshots of your family holidays over the years.

  19. Kavi says:

    Absolutely stunning views of the villages….loved it!!! You’ve been to some amazing places Naomi.

  20. Lynne Ayers says:

    You and I have similar travel tastes. G and I avoid the cities as much as possible – the out-of-the-way, off-the-beaten-track, in-the-middle-of-nowhere villages have so much to offer. The memories of these places lingers longer and more vividly, for me at least.

    1. That’s my kind of travel! We will visit a big city to see the museums–art and culture and history is what we love most. WE had to go to Naples, because that’s where all the art from Pompeii and Herculaneum ended up. We had to go to Rome to see Italy’s national treasures in their national museum, and other treasures like the Pantheon, the Forum, and the Coliseum, but once we had done all that, and then gone once more to take the kids to see it, we took to the hills!

  21. niasunset says:

    This is amazing entry for weekly sunday post, fascinated me all your photographs… I am in love with village(s)… Thank you dear Naomi, love, nia

    1. Thank you, Nia. I appreciate your visit! I appreciate the villages too. I am enjoying following your travel adventures on your blog!

  22. Kourtney Heintz says:

    Beautifully unexpected photos with a lovely sentiment. 🙂 Thanks for sharing these!

  23. Naomi says:

    What beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing! I, too, choose the small villages and the off-the-beaten track places when I travel. I love the warmth of small places, and when I travel, I seem to experience the local culture in a more intense way in a village rather than in a city. And if you know or befriend someone on your travels, that makes it all the better.

    1. Oh, definitely! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, Naomi.

  24. Lovely pictures, so alluring and dreamy!

    1. Thank you, Shakti! I appreciate your stopping by, and taking the time to comment.

  25. I can’t explain how I feel when I view your pics. It’s like being there and experiencing these moments. I want to stick my toe in the water and definately jump into a red phone booth! Lovely….thanks again for sharing, Naomi ♥ (I LOVE the guy on the bike….so sweet)

    1. Dear Paula, that is so sweet! Thank you so much for taking the tie to share your thoughts.

      1. ♥ I wanna be you when I grow up ♥ 😉

  26. adinparadise says:

    So many lovely village pics, Naomi. Some of them are such fun too. 😉

      1. adinparadise says:

        There’s an award for you on my latest post, Naomi. 😉

      2. Thank you so much for thinking of me! I am really touched and honored!

  27. Breathtaking my friend. Each image tells of a wonderful and happy adventure that we all hope to experience one day. Thanks.

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  28. Sunshine says:

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Hi Sunshine, thank you for your visit.

  29. Paula says:

    A beautiful series of photos … love all of them 🙂

    1. Hi Paula, thanks so much for your visit!

  30. Cathy G says:

    What a great series for this theme!

    1. Thank you, Cathy. It was a fun one to put together.

  31. dorothee21 says:

    just wonderful. there’s so much to those little places. and your photo essays are a great way to mind-travel. thanks for piecing this together.

    1. thank you, Dorothee! I have a lot of fun putting these posts together; it’s like revisiting the places I love.

  32. Terri O.A. says:

    Fantastic photos! I feel like I had a nice trip somewhere interesting and beautiful. 🙂

    1. Dear Terri, thank you so much for coming along!

  33. I agree… I’d much rather go out and see the country, than the cities. Wonderful pictures, each one tells its own story!

    1. Thank you, Maggie!

  34. Ok, this is getting out of hand! I need a filter on my browser that blocks photos of places I’ve not visited but badly want to.

    😉 Joking of course!

    1. Airfare has jumped up so high lately. We took it one destination at a time, and going when miles were easy to cash in, and airfares were still competitive. We live a pretty frugal lifestyle, driving old cars, etc.with travel as our priority.

  35. ShimonZ says:

    What a splendid collection of photographs and impressions!

    1. Thank you, Shimon.

  36. beebeesworld says:

    Thanks for checking out my blog-I will follow yours and hope you will follow mine as well. BEST wishes, beebee

    1. Yes, thanks for the follow. I will look forward to following yours as well–I like your voice.

  37. Jamie Dedes says:

    Wonderful sites and scenes and it would appear you made some delightful friends along the way.

    Enjoyed much.

    1. Hi Jamie, so true. I am so glad you could stop by. Thanks for taking the time to comment

  38. frizztext says:

    thank you Naomi, for this wonderful gallery; you made me smile with the old man, trying a dialogue with the swan…

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