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Number of countries: 32, number of U.S. states: 7, number of Chinese provinces: 12

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133 photos from Toronto
(Ontario, Canada)

2008-07-17 - 2008-07-25

In July 2008, Miaomiao and Tim attended the ISMB 2008 Conference in Toronto. Toronto is the largest city in Canada and is the provincial capital of Ontario. It is located on the north-western shore of Lake Ontario. With over 2.5 million residents, it is the fifth most populous municipality in North America. As Canada`s economic capital, Toronto is considered a global city and is one of the top financial cities in the world. Toronto is one of the world`s most diverse cities by percentage of non-native-born residents, as about 49% of the population were born outside of Canada. The main tourist attraction is the CN Tower of 553 metres high.

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65 photos from Gordes
(Provence-Alpes-Côte d`Azur, France)

2014-08-18

Gordes is a commune in the Vaucluse département in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d`Azur region in southeastern France. The residents are known as Gordiens. The nearest big city is Avignon; smaller cities nearby include Cavaillon, L`Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and Apt. We visited the town and the nearby Sénanque Abbey on a day tour from Avignon in the summer of 2014.

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40 photos from Den Bosch
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2016-04-14

Tim visited the exhibition `Jheronimus Bosch – Visions of a Genius` at the Noordbrabants Museum, as well as other places in the city center, during the Jeroen Bosch Year.

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32 photos from Namur
(Namur, Belgium)

2007-04-09

Namur is a city and municipality in Wallonia, in southern Belgium. It is both the capital of the province of Namur and of the Walloon Region. We visited the city center and the Citadel.

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128 photos from Maastricht
(Limburg, Netherlands)

2015-05-12

During this second visit to Maastricht, Tim visited the Vrijthof square, the Basilica of Saint Servatius, the Hoge Fronten area, the ruins of Castle Lichtenberg and the Sint-Pietersberg hill.

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26 photos from Gullfoss
(Southern Region, Iceland)

2013-02-28

Gullfoss (English: Golden Falls) is a waterfall located in the canyon of Hvítá river in southwest Iceland. Gullfoss is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. The wide Hvítá rushes southward. About a kilometer above the falls it turns sharply to the right and flows down into a wide curved three-step `staircase` and then abruptly plunges in two stages (11 m and 21 m) into a crevice 32 m deep. The crevice, about 20 m wide, and 2.5 km in length, extends perpendicular to the flow of the river. The average amount of water running over this waterfall is 140 mł/s in the summertime and 80 mł/s in the wintertime. The highest flood measured was 2000 mł/s. As one first approaches the falls, the crevice is obscured from view, so that it appears that a mighty river simply vanishes into the earth. Together with Ţingvellir and the geysers of Haukadalur Gullfoss forms the Golden Circle, a popular day tour for tourists in Iceland. Tim and Miaomiao visited Gullfoss during their trip through Iceland in the winter of 2013.

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72 photos from Qionghai
(Hainan, China)

2016-07-17 - 2016-07-18

Qionghai is one of the seven county-level cities of Hainan province, China. Although called a `city`, Qionghai refers to a large land area in Hainan - an area which was once a county. Within this area is the main city, Qionghai City. It is located in the east of the island at the mouth of the Wanquan River, 86 kilometres from the provincial capital of Haikou. It has an area of 1,692 square kilometres and in 2010, it had a population of 483,217. We visited the city on our way from Haikou to Sanya.

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18 photos from Breda
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2006-12-28

Breda is a municipality and a city in the southern part of the Netherlands. The name Breda derived from `brede Aa` and refers to the place where the rivers Mark and Aa come together. Breda`s urban area is home to an estimated 200,000 people. Breda was a fortified city of strategic significance in the Netherlands. We visited the Grote Markt, the city`s main square, and the Church of our Lady.

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126 photos from Shanghai
(Shanghai, China)

2007-10-25 - 2007-10-28

Shanghai is the largest city in China in terms of population and one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, with over 20 million people. Located on China`s central eastern coast near the mouth of the Yangtze River, the city is administered as a municipality with province-level status. We visited the Bund, Pudong, Oriental Pearl Tower, Nanjing Road, and the Old Town with the Huxington Tea House and the Temple of the Town God.

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149 photos from Amsterdam
(North-Holland, Netherlands)

2014-07-13

On this visit to Amsterdam, we visited the Dam square, the Royal Palace Amsterdam, the Kalverstraat street, the flower market, the Rijksmuseum and the Wallen district.

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108 photos from Cannes
(Provence-Alpes-Côte d`Azur, France)

2010-10-20

Cannes is one of the best-known cities of the French Riviera, a busy tourist destination and host of the annual Cannes Film Festival. It is a Communes of France in the Alpes-Maritimes department. The city is also famous for its various luxury shops, restaurants, and hotels. Tim and Miaomiao visited the city on a daytrip from Nice in the autumn of 2010.

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106 photos from Avignon
(Provence-Alpes-Côte d`Azur, France)

2014-08-16 - 2014-08-20

On a second trip to Avignon we visited the Luminessences light show at the Palais des Papes palace, the synagogue and several other places in the city center.

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76 photos from Limbe
(Southwest, Cameroon)

2005-10-22 - 2005-10-25

Limbe (1858-1982: Victoria) is a seaside city in the Southwest Province of Cameroon. Limbe was founded in 1858 on the southern slopes of Mount Cameroon by the British missionary Alfred Saker. According to the 2001 estimate, the population was 84,500. Tim visited the beaches of Limbe as well as the Limbe Wildlife Centre and Limbe Botanical Gardens.

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32 photos from Vlissingen
(Zeeland, Netherlands)

2009-04-11

Vlissingen, or Flushing in English, is a municipality and a city in the southwestern Netherlands on the former island of Walcheren. With its strategic location between the Scheldt river and the North Sea, Vlissingen has been an important harbour for centuries. It was granted city rights in 1315. In the 17th century Vlissingen was a main harbour for ships of the Dutch East India Company (VOC). It is also known as the birthplace of Admiral Michiel de Ruyter. Vlissingen is mainly noted for the wharves on the Scheldt where most of the ships of the Royal Netherlands Navy (Koninklijke Marine) are built. Tim and Miaomiao visited Vlissingen for one day during their Zeeland trip in the spring of 2009.

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91 photos from Mycenae
(Peloponnese, Greece)

2009-03-10

Mycenae is an archaeological site in Greece, located about 90 km south-west of Athens, in the north-eastern Peloponnese. Argos is 6 km to the south; Corinth, 48 km to the north. From the hill on which the palace was located one can see across the Argolid to the Saronic Gulf. In the second millennium BC Mycenae was one of the major centres of Greek civilization, a military stronghold which dominated much of southern Greece. The period of Greek history from about 1600 BC to about 1100 BC is called Mycenaean in reference to Mycenae. In March 2009, Miaomiao and Tim visited the ancient citadel of Mycenae and the nearby tomb of Clytemnestra as part of a day trip from Athens to the Argolis region of Greece.

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260 photos from Ubud
(Bali, Indonesia)

2017-05-25

Ubud is a town on the Indonesian island of Bali in Ubud District, located amongst rice paddies and steep ravines in the central foothills of the Gianyar regency. Promoted as an arts and culture centre, it has developed a large tourism industry. Ubud has a population of about 30,000 people. Puri Saren Agung is a large palace located at the intersection of Monkey Forest and Raya Ubud roads. The residence of Tjokorda Gede Agung Sukawati (1910-1978), the last ruling monarch of Ubud, it is still owned by the royal family. Dance performances and ceremonies are held in its courtyard. A number of Hindu temples exist, such as Pura Desa Ubud, which is the main temple, Pura Taman Saraswati, and Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal, the temple of death. The Gunung Kawi temple is the site of the royal tombs. Goa Gajah, also known as the Elephant Cave, is located in a steep valley just outside Ubud near the town of Bedulu. We visited the Puri Saren Agung palace, the Ubud Traditional Art Market, the Pura Desa Ubud temple, the Pura Taman Saraswati temple, the Goa Gajah temple and other places in the town center.

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207 photos from Philadelphia
(Pennsylvania, USA)

2008-07-02 - 2008-07-05

Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania and the sixth-most-populous city in the US. It is the fifth-largest metropolitan area and fourth-largest urban area by population in the US. Popular nicknames for Philadelphia include Philly and The City of Brotherly Love. In 2005, the population of the city proper was estimated to be over 1.4 million, while the metropolitan area, with a population of 5.8 million, was the fifth-largest in the United States. A commercial, educational, and cultural center, the city was once the second-largest in the British Empire (after London), and the social and geographical center of the original 13 American colonies. During the 18th century, it eclipsed New York City in political and social importance, with Benjamin Franklin taking a large role in Philadelphia`s early rise to prominence. It was in this city that many of the ideas, and subsequent actions, gave birth to the American Revolution and American Independence, making Philadelphia a centerpiece of early American history. It was the most populous city of the young United States and served as the the nation`s first capital. We visited the city during the celebrations of Independence Day.

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47 photos from Groningen
(Groningen, Netherlands)

2010-12-16

During a short trip to Groningen for work, Tim visited the center of the city, with the Martinitoren, the City Hall, the Academiegebouw, and more.

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58 photos from Tirol
(Tirol, Austria)

2004-03-26 - 2004-04-03

A skiing (and afterski) trip of Tim to the mountain province of Tirol (Austria).

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46 photos from Loudi
(Hunan, China)

2009-09-09 - 2009-09-12

Loudi is a city located in central Hunan province, China. It is situated about 110km south west of the provincial capital of Changsha and is considered a small to medium size city within the province. The population of Loudi is just over 4 million while the city proper itself has a population of 1.3 million. We visited Miaomiao`s grandparents at the countryside near Loudi.

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127 photos from Yongding
(Fujian, China)

2014-01-14

Yongding is a county under the jurisdiction of Longyan prefecture-level city, in the southwest of Fujian Province, People`s Republic of China. It is the home of many Hakka families. Yongding has a population of about 400,000, of which more than 99% are Hakka, the rest being Minnan people. We visited the Gaobei Tulou Cluster on a day trip from Xiamen.

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621 photos from Melbourne
(Victoria, Australia)

2014-09-10 - 2014-09-18

Melbourne is the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia, with a population of 4.35 million. It has been ranked the world`s most livable city since 2011. Founded on 30 August 1835, it was declared a city by Queen Victoria in 1847, before becoming the capital city of the newly created Colony of Victoria in 1851. During the Victorian gold rush of the 1850s, it was transformed into one of the world`s largest and wealthiest cities. After the federation of Australia in 1901, Melbourne served as the interim seat of government for the newly created nation of Australia until 1927. An international centre for performing and visual arts, Melbourne is often referred to as Australia`s cultural capital. It is home to many of Australia`s largest and oldest cultural institutions such as the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Museum, Melbourne Zoo, the National Gallery of Victoria and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building. We visited Melbourne in September 2014.

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204 photos from Mumbai
(Maharashtra, India)

2004-09-27 - 2004-10-17

First stop of Tim`s India travel in the autumn of 2004, Mumbai is, with an estimated population of thirteen million, the most populous city in India and the second most populous city in the world. Highlights include the Gateway of India and the Haji Ali mosque.

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244 photos from Monaco
(Monaco, Monaco)

2010-10-21

Monaco/Monte Carlo, officially the Principality of Monaco, is a small sovereign city-state located in South Western Europe on the northern central coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It is surrounded on three sides by its neighbour, France, and its centre is about 16 km from Italy. Its area is 2.02 km2 with an estimated population of almost 33,000. Monaco is the name of the country and its capital (and only) city. It is famous as a tax haven, and wealthy foreigners make up the majority of the population at approximately 84%. Monaco is a constitutional monarchy and principality, with Prince Albert II as the head of state. The House of Grimaldi has ruled Monaco since 1297, and the state's sovereignty was officially recognized by the Franco-Monegasque Treaty of 1861. Despite Monaco being independent, its national defense is the responsibility of France. Tim and Miaomiao visited the country on a daytrip from Nice in the autumn of 2010.

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105 photos from Mierlo
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2016-11-26

Mierlo (population: 10,265) is a town in the southern Netherlands, in the municipality of Geldrop-Mierlo, North Brabant. Mierlo is home to a few interesting buildings, for example the old Council house and the Windmill in the centre of the village. We visited the Dierenrijk zoo in the autumn of 2016.

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515 photos from London
(England, United Kingdom)

2009-06-12 - 2009-06-15

London is the capital of England and the United Kingdom. An important settlement for two millennia, London`s history goes back to its founding by the Romans. The city`s core, the ancient City of London, still retains its limited mediaeval boundaries; but since at least the nineteenth century, the name `London` has also referred to the whole metropolis that has developed around it. London contains four World Heritage Sites: the Tower of London; the historic settlement of Greenwich; the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; and the site comprising the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey and St. Margaret`s Church. Tim went to London in June 2009, and visited St. Paul`s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, the Big Ben, the Tower, the Tower Bridge, the Millennium Bridge, the British Museum, the Natural History Museum, Picadilly Circus, and much more.

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83 photos from The Hague
(South-Holland, Netherlands)

2008-11-08 - 2008-11-09

A weekend trip to The Hague to see the musical `Tarzan` in the theater of Scheveningen. We also visited the Binnenhof, Peace Palace, Mauritshuis (with paintings such as `Girl with a pearl earring` By Johannes Vermeer), and Panorama Mesdag.

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31 photos from Seljalandsfoss
(Southern Region, Iceland)

2013-03-03

Seljalandsfoss is one of the most famous waterfalls of Iceland. It is very picturesque and therefore its photo can be found in many books and calendars. It was a waypoint during the first leg of The Amazing Race 6. Seljalandsfoss is situated in between Selfoss and Skógafoss at the road crossing of Route 1 (the Ring Road) with the track going into Ţórsmörk. This waterfall of the river Seljalandsá drops 60 metres over the cliffs of the former coastline. It is possible to go behind the waterfall. Tim and Miaomiao visited Seljalandsfoss during their trip through Iceland in the winter of 2013.

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