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Welcome to our travel website! This site contains all our travel photos since nov. 2003 :: 362 series :: 56937 photos

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

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249 photos from Valencia
(Valencia, Spain)

2006-08-13 - 2006-08-22

Valencia is the capital of the Spanish autonomous community of Valencia and its province. It is the third largest city in Spain and the 21st largest in the European Union. We visited the Cathedral, the beach, the Plaça de l`Ajuntament, the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, and much more.

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111 photos from Gozo
(Gozo and Comino, Malta)

2011-06-15

Gozo is a small island of the Maltese archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. The island is part of the Southern European country of Malta; after the island of Malta itself, it is the second-largest island in the archipelago. Compared to its southeastern neighbour, Gozo is more rural and known for its scenic hills, which are featured on its coat of arms. The island of Gozo has long been identified as Ogygia, the domain of the nymph Calypso in Homer's Odyssey. Calypso, possessed of great supernatural powers, holds Odysseus captive for a number of years because of her love for him before releasing him to continue his journey home. The island itself has a population of around 31,000 people, and its inhabitants are known as Gozitans. It is rich in historical locations such as the Ggantija temples which, along with the Megalithic Temples of Malta, are the world`s oldest free-standing structures and also the world`s oldest religious structures. Tim and Miaomiao visited Gozo on a boat tour from Malta in June 2011.

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151 photos from Amsterdam
(North-Holland, Netherlands)

2014-11-01

During this trip to Amsterdam in the autumn of 2014, we visited the Hermitage Amsterdam, the Dam square and Madame Tussauds.

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

2007-04-30

A second visit to the city of Den Bosch, during Queen`s Day 2007. The festivities were in the city center and near Saint John`s Cathedral.

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41 photos from Thingvellir
(Southern Region, Iceland)

2013-02-28

Ţingvellir (`Thing Fields`) is a place in Bláskógabyggđ in southwestern Iceland, near the peninsula of Reykjanes and the Hengill volcanic area. Ţingvellir is a site of historical, cultural, and geological importance and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland. It is the site of a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. It is also home to Ţingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland. Parliament or Alţingi was established at Ţingvellir in 930 and remained there until 1798. Ţingvellir National Park was founded in 1930 to protect the remains of the parliament site and was later expanded to protect natural phenomena in the surrounding area. Ţingvellir National Park was the first national park in Iceland and was decreed `a protected national shrine for all Icelanders, the perpetual property of the Icelandic nation under the preservation of parliament, never to be sold or mortgaged.` Tim and Miaomiao visited the site during their trip through Iceland in the winter of 2013.

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60 photos from Glasgow
(Scotland, United Kingdom)

2004-07-31 - 2004-08-04

Tim visited Glasgow for the ISMB/ECCB Conference of 2004. Glasgow is the largest city of Scotland and the third most populous city in the United Kingdom.

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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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23 photos from Aix-en-Provence
(Provence-Alpes-Côte d`Azur, France)

2014-08-20

Aix-en-Provence is a city-commune in the south of France, about 30 km north of Marseille. It is in the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d`Azur, in the département of Bouches-du-Rhône, of which it is a subprefecture. The population of Aix numbers approximately 143,000. Its inhabitants are called Aixois or, less commonly, Aquisextains. We briefly visited the city in 2014 on our way from Avignon to the airport of Marseille.

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141 photos from Biesbosch
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2018-08-18

On our second trip to the Biesbosch National Park, we visited the MuseumEiland and did a boat tour.

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189 photos from Xi`an
(Shaanxi, China)

2007-11-01 - 2007-11-04

Xi`an is the capital of the Shaanxi province in the People`s Republic of China and a sub-provincial city. As one of the oldest cities in Chinese history, Xi`an is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China because it has been the capital (under various names) of some of the most important dynasties in Chinese history. Xi`an is the eastern terminus of the Silk Road and known as the site of the Terracotta Army, made during the Qin Dynasty. The city has more than 3,100 years of history, and was known as Chang`an before the Ming Dynasty. We visited the Huaqing Hot Spring, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Terracotta Army (inside the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum), the Drum and Bell Towers, The City Walls, the Muslim Quarter (with the Great Mosque), and more.

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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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70 photos from Utrecht
(Utrecht, Netherlands)

2017-12-28

On the way to Driebergen, we visited the Nijntje Winter Museum in Utrecht.

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290 photos from Haikou
(Hainan, China)

2016-07-08 - 2016-07-25

On the sixth trip to Haikou, we visited Miaomiao`s family and celebrated Max' first birthday.

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314 photos from Washington
(Washington D.C., USA)

2008-06-28 - 2008-07-02

Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States, founded on July 16, 1790. The city is located on the north bank of the Potomac River and is bordered by the states of Virginia to the southwest and Maryland to the other sides. The District has a resident population of 588,292; however, due to commuters from the surrounding suburbs, its population rises to over one million during the workweek. The Washington Metropolitan Area, of which the District is a part, has a population of 5.3 million, the eighth-largest metropolitan area in the country. We visited the U.S. Capitol, the White House, the Washington Monument, The Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool, the Natural Museum of Natural History, the National Aquarium, and much more.

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197 photos from Granada
(Andalusia, Spain)

2010-12-29

Granada is a city and the capital of the province of Granada, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain. The Alhambra, a Moorish citadel and palace, is in Granada. It is one of the most famous items of the Islamic historical legacy that makes Granada a hot spot among cultural and tourist cities in Spain. Tim and Miaomiao visited the Alhambra and the city center on a day trip from Seville in December 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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51 photos from Tilburg
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2017-11-26

Our third trip to the Natuurmuseum Brabant, including the Kikker exhibition.

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480 photos from Seville
(Andalusia, Spain)

2010-12-25 - 2010-12-30

Seville is the artistic, cultural, and financial capital of southern Spain. It is the capital of the autonomous community of Andalusia and of the province of Seville. It is situated on the plain of the River Guadalquivir, with an average elevation of 7 metres above sea level. The inhabitants of the city are known as sevillanos or hispalenses, following the Roman name of the city, Hispalis. The population of the city of Seville is around 700,000, ranking as the fourth largest city of Spain. Tim and Miaomiao visited Seville during and after the Christmas of 2010.

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110 photos from Grindavik
(Southern Peninsula, Iceland)

2018-07-10

Our second visit to the Blue Lagoon in the summer of 2018, including a lunch break at the town of Grindavík.

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139 photos from Apeldoorn
(Gelderland, Netherlands)

2009-07-12

Apeldoorn is a municipality and city in the province of Gelderland, about 60 miles south east of Amsterdam, in the centre of the Netherlands. It is a regional centre and has 136,000 inhabitants. In Apeldoorn we visited the Apenheul, a zoo which hosts a number of different types of apes and monkeys, some of which are free to walk around the visitors.

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65 photos from Tilburg
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2018-05-19

A third visit to the Dierenpark de Oliemeulen zoo, in the spring of 2018.

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99 photos from Douala
(Littoral, Cameroon)

2005-10-15 - 2005-10-30

Douala is the largest city in Cameroon (with more than 2 million citizens) and the capital of Cameroon`s Littoral Province. Home to Cameroon`s largest port and its major international airport, Douala Airport, it is the commercial capital of the country. Tim started his Cameroon trip here in the autumn of 2005.

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50 photos from Amsterdam
(North-Holland, Netherlands)

2013-10-27

We visited the Pixar exhibition at Amsterdam Expo and the city center with the Ming dynasty exhibition at the Nieuwe Kerk church.

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65 photos from Boxtel
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2018-07-28

A fourth visit to the Oertijdmuseum, in the summer of 2018.

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104 photos from Dali
(Yunnan, China)

2009-09-05 - 2009-09-06

Dali City is a county-level city in Dali Prefecture, Yunnan province, China. Dali is the ancient capital of both the Bai kingdom Nanzhao, which flourished in the area during the 8th and 9th centuries, and the Kingdom of Dali, which reigned from 937-1253. Dali was also the center of the Panthay Rebellion from 1856-1863. The `new city` is known as Xiaguan and is south of the old city. The old city was built during Ming Dynasty emperor Hongwu`s reign (1368-1398). We visited both the new and the old city, as well as the Three Pagodas, the Chong Sheng Temple, Butterfly Spring Garden and Erhai Lake.

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268 photos from Hilvarenbeek
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2017-04-23

Hilvarenbeek is a municipality and a town in the south of the Netherlands, along the border with Belgium. The biggest tourist attraction is called Beekse Bergen, consisting of a safari park, amusement park/playground, holiday bungalow park, and camping parks. We visited the Beekse Bergen safari park in the spring of 2017.

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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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58 photos from Breda
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2017-07-15

On this third trip to Breda, we visited the city center with the Stadspark Valkenberg, the Kasteelplein square and the Grote Markt square.

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