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Welcome to our travel website! This site contains all our travel photos since nov. 2003 :: 379 series :: 59688 photos

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

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160 photos from Rhenen
(Utrecht, Netherlands)

2017-09-01

Rhenen is a municipality and a town in the central Netherlands. The municipality also includes the villages of Achterberg, Remmerden, Elst and Laareind. The town lies at a geographically interesting location, namely on the southernmost part of the chain of hills known as the Utrecht Hill Ridge, where this meets the river Rhine. Because of this Rhenen has a unique character with quite some elevation through town. Directly to the east of the built-up area lies the Grebbeberg, a hill with a top elevation of about 50 metres. We visited the Ouwehands Dierenpark, a zoo founded in 1932.

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44 photos from Wageningen
(Gelderland, Netherlands)

2018-09-05

A third trip to Wageningen in the summer of 2018.

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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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523 photos from Budapest
(Central Hungary, Hungary)

2009-12-24 - 2009-12-31

Budapest is the capital of Hungary and serves as the country`s principal political, cultural, commercial, industrial, and transportation center. In 2009, Budapest had 1.7 million inhabitants, and its Commuter Area was home to 3.3 million people. Budapest became a single city occupying both banks of the river Danube with a unification in 1873 of west-bank Buda and Obuda with east-bank Pest. Regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, its extensive World Heritage Site includes the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrassy Avenue, Heroes` Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second oldest in the world. Other highlights include a total of 80 geothermal springs, the world`s largest thermal water cave system, second largest synagogue, and third largest Parliament building. Tim and Miaomiao visited the city during Christmas 2009.

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25 photos from Arnhem
(Gelderland, Netherlands)

2005-12-24

On this trip at the end of 2005, we visited Burgers` Zoo. Burgers` Zoo is a 45-hectare zoo in Arnhem, and is one of the biggest zoos in the country. Arnhem is a city that lies within the Veluwe, a nature park in the east of the Netherlands. The zoo is popular with both Dutch and German people, and receives about 1.5 million visitors annually.

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79 photos from Bruinisse
(Zeeland, Netherlands)

2017-10-20 - 2017-10-21

On our second visit to Bruinisse, we stayed in the AquaDelta park, went crab fishing, and passed by some nearby beaches and harbours.

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206 photos from Roskilde
(Zealand, Denmark)

2018-03-19

Roskilde is located 30 km west of Copenhagen on the Danish island of Zealand. With a population of 50,000, the city is a business and educational centre for the region and the 10th largest city in Denmark. Roskilde has a long history, dating from the pre-Christian Viking Age. Its UNESCO-listed Gothic cathedral, now housing 39 tombs of the Danish monarchs, was completed in 1275. With the development of the rail network in the 19th century, Roskilde became an important hub for traffic with Copenhagen, and by the end of the century, there were tobacco factories, iron foundries and machine shops. The cathedral and the Viking Ship Museum, which contains the well-preserved remains of five 11th-century ships, attract more than 100,000 visitors annually. In addition to its tourist attractions and its annual rock festival, Roskilde is popular with shoppers thanks to its two centrally located pedestrian streets. Roskilde has the oldest operational railway station in Denmark. Tim visited the Roskilde Cathedral, the Viking Ship Museum, the Roskilde Railway Station, and other sites in the city center.

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67 photos from Kinderdijk
(South-Holland, Netherlands)

2014-06-29

In June 2014, we visited the windmills at Kinderdijk for a second time.

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292 photos from Hastings Reef
(Queensland, Australia)

2014-09-03

Hastings Reef is one of the outer reefs of the Great Barrier Reef. This is the second reef we snorkeled at as part of a Great Barrier Reef tour in September 2014.

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21 photos from Biesbosch
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2018-05-12

De Biesbosch National Park is one of the largest national parks of the Netherlands and one of the last extensive areas of freshwater tidal wetlands in Northwestern Europe. The Biesbosch consists of a large network of rivers and smaller and larger creeks with islands. The vegetation is mostly willow forests, although wet grasslands and fields of reed are common as well. The Biesbosch is an important wetland area for waterfowl and has a rich flora and fauna. It is especially important for migrating geese. We visited the Brabant part of the Biesbosch in the spring of 2018.

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215 photos from Michaelmas Cay
(Queensland, Australia)

2014-09-03

Michaelmas Cay is a reef in Queensland, Australia, 1,409 km northwest of Brisbane and 33 km east of Cairns. It is part of Michaelmas Reef, which forms the north-eastern section of the Arlington reef complex, within the Great Barrier Reef. The vegetation on Michaelmas Cay is characteristic of cays found on the outer barrier reef. Low-growing, it consists of Beach Spinifex, Stalky Grass, Goatsfoot, Bulls-head Vine, Sea Purslane and Tar Vine. Nutrients fertilising the vegetation come from seabird droppings and carcasses. Michaelmas Cay is important as a breeding site for several species of terns. It has been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA) because it supports over 1% of the world populations of Greater and Lesser Crested Terns. Green Turtles sometimes nest on the cays. The surrounding reefs have a rich marine fauna, including Giant Clams. We snorkeled at Michaelmas Cay as part of a Great Barrier Reef tour in September 2014.

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53 photos from Brussels
(Brussels, Belgium)

2007-04-06

Brussels is the capital of Belgium. It has grown from a 10th-century fortress town founded by Charlemagne`s grandson into a metropolis of more than one million inhabitants. The metropolitan area, including the outer commuter zone, covers a total area of 4,127 km2, covering the Capital-Region and 103 surrounding municipalities, and has a population of almost 2.7 million. We visited the Grand Place, the Town Hall, and Manneken Pis.

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88 photos from Paris
(Île-de-France, France)

2006-01-07 - 2006-01-10

Paris is the capital of France and the country`s largest city. It is situated on the river Seine, in northern France, at the heart of the Île-de-France region. The Paris urban area is Europe`s biggest city economy, and Paris is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with over 30 million foreign visitors per year. Tim and Miaomiao visited Paris in January 2006 (and many times before). Famous landmarks include the Eiffel tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Louvre, as well as the churches Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Basilique du Sacré-Coeur.

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106 photos from Versailles
(Île-de-France, France)

2010-08-07

The Palace of Versailles, or simply Versailles, is a royal château in Versailles, the Île-de-France region of France. In French, it is known as the Château de Versailles. When the château was built, Versailles was a country village; today, however, it is a suburb of Paris, some twenty kilometres southwest of the French capital. The court of Versailles was the centre of political power in France from 1682, when Louis XIV moved from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in October 1789 after the beginning of the French Revolution. Versailles is therefore famous not only as a building, but as a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy of the Ancien Régime. One of the largest, it is also considered one of the most beautiful palaces in the world. We visited Versailles on a day trip from Paris in the summer of 2010.

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129 photos from Rotterdam
(South-Holland, Netherlands)

2015-04-24

On our second trip to Rotterdam we visited the Erasmus MC, the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and the Euromast tower.

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299 photos from Disneyland
(Île-de-France, France)

2010-08-03 - 2010-08-05

Disneyland Paris is a holiday and recreation resort in Marne-la-Vallée, a new town in the eastern suburbs of Paris, France. The complex is located 32 km from the centre of Paris and lies for the most part within the commune of Chessy, Seine-et-Marne. Disneyland Paris comprises two theme parks, a retail, dining and entertainment district, and seven Disney-owned hotels. Operating since 12 April 1992, it was the second Disney resort to open outside the United States (following Tokyo Disney Resort) and the first to be owned and operated by Disney. With 15,405,000 combined visitors to the resort`s Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park in the fiscal year of 2009, it is France`s and Europe`s most visited Tourist site. We visited both parks on two daytrips from Paris in the summer of 2010.

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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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601 photos from Sydney
(New South Wales, Australia)

2014-09-06 - 2014-09-10

Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia and Oceania. It is located on Australia`s south-east coast along the Tasman Sea and surrounding one of the world`s largest natural harbours. Residents are together known as `Sydneysiders` and constitute one of the most multicultural cities in the world. The area around Sydney has been inhabited by Australian Aboriginal people for tens of millennia. The first British settlers arrived in 1788 and founded modern Sydney as at first a penal colony. Successive colonial Governors assisted to transform the settlement into a thriving and independent metropolis. The population of Sydney at the time of the 2011 census was 4.39 million, of which 1.5 million were born overseas. Sydney`s natural features include Sydney Harbour, the Royal National Park, Bondi Beach, and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Tourists also visit the city to experience its outstanding examples of period architecture and attend its man-made institutions such as the Sydney Opera House, numerous museums, and leading universities. We visited Sydney in September 2014.

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188 photos from Grenoble
(Rhône-Alpes, France)

2010-10-22 - 2010-10-25

Grenoble is a city in southeastern France, situated at the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isčre. Located in the Rhône-Alpes region, Grenoble is the capital of the department of Isčre. The proximity of the mountains has led to the city being known as the `Capital of Alps`. We visited the city and the nearby town of Vizille in October 2010.

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509 photos from Amsterdam
(North-Holland, Netherlands)

2018-10-17 - 2018-10-19

On this thirteenth trip to Amsterdam, we visited the Artis Royal Zoo, the Micropia museum, the NEMO Science Museum and the Tropenmuseum.

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92 photos from Efteling
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2016-08-06

On this third trip to the Efteling, we visited the Sprookjesbos and some other parts of this theme park.

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50 photos from Kunming
(Yunnan, China)

2009-09-03 - 2009-09-09

Kunming is a prefecture-level city and capital of Yunnan province, in southwestern China. Because of its year-round temperate climate, Kunming is often called the `Spring City` or `City of Eternal Spring`. We visited the Yuantong Temple, the Xisi Tower, the Dongsi Tower and the Archways of Golden Horse and Jade Cock.

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23 photos from Bafoussam
(West, Cameroon)

2005-10-19 - 2005-10-20

Bafoussam is the capital of the West Province of Cameroon, in the Bamboutos Mountains. It has an estimated 242,000 inhabitants. The city is the region`s center of trade.

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70 photos from Breda
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2018-09-09

We visited Castle Bouvigne and its gardens in the summer of 2018 during the Open Monumentendag.

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75 photos from Veldhoven
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2018-07-15

Veldhoven is a municipality and a town on the Gender stream in the southern Netherlands, located in the Metropoolregio Eindhoven just southwest of Eindhoven. We visited Zoo Veldhoven in the summer of 2018.

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114 photos from Aachen
(North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)

2017-06-14

On this second trip to Aachen, Tim visited the City Hall, the Cathedral and the Cathedral Treasury.

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64 photos from Changping
(Beijing, China)

2017-08-11

Changping District, formerly Changping County, is a district situated in the suburbs of northwest Beijing. Changping District, covering an area of 1,430 square kilometres, contains two subdistricts of the city of Changping and 15 towns (five of which are suburbs of Beijing) with total population of 614,821. About 34 km from the city center, Changping is renowned for its numerous scenic spots and tourist facilities, like the Min dyanasty imperial tombs and the Datangshan museum. It is rich in natural resources, mineral products, and rural products. Tim visited the Chang Ling site of the Ming dynasty imperial tombs in Changping.

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120 photos from Waterloo
(Walloon Brabant, Belgium)

2018-08-05

Waterloo is a Walloon municipality in the province of Walloon Brabant, Belgium, which in 2011 had a population of 29,706 and an area of 21.03 km2. It is north of Braine-l`Alleud, which is the site of the Battle of Waterloo, where the resurgent Napoleon was defeated for the final time in 1815. There is a memorial in the form of a statue of a lion (looking towards France) on a hill, with 226 stairs, called the Lion`s Mound. It was erected on the famous 1815 battlefield located south of Waterloo, and was completed in 1826. A fee is no longer charged to climb the hill, which has become a major tourist attraction in the region. Other attractions related to the battle are the Battle Panorama Mural, Wellington Museum, and the Roman Catholic Church of St. Joseph, where Wellington is said to have prayed before going into battle and where British and Dutch plaques commemorating the fallen are now to be seen. We visited the Lion`s Mound, the Mémorial 1815 museum and the Waterloo Panorama painting in the summer of 2018.

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