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Number of countries: 32, number of U.S. states: 7, number of Chinese provinces: 11

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20 photos from Amsterdam
(North-Holland, Netherlands)

2006-04-17

Amsterdam is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands, located in the province of North Holland in the west of the country. The city, which had a population of 747,290 on 1 January 2008, comprises the northern part of the Randstad, the 6th-largest metropolitan area in Europe, with a population of around 6.7 million. We did a short sightseeing tour in April 2006.

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87 photos from Roermond
(Limburg, Netherlands)

2014-07-06

Roermond is a city, a municipality, and a diocese in the southeastern part of the Netherlands. The city of Roermond is a historically important town, on the lower Roer at the east bank of the Meuse river. It received city rights in 1231. Roermond town centre has been designated as a conservation area. Through the centuries the town has filled the role of commercial centre, principal town in the duchy of Guelders and since 1559 it has served as the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Roermond. The skyline of the historic town is dominated by the towers of its two churches: St. Christopher Cathedral and Roermond Minster or `Munsterkerk` in Dutch. In addition to important churches, the town centre has many listed buildings and monuments. In the summer of 2014, we visited the Designer Outlet Roermond, the Saint Christopher Cathedral, the Cattentoren tower, the Markt square and the Munsterkerk church.

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27 photos from Utrecht
(Utrecht, Netherlands)

2009-09-26

Utrecht is the capital and most populous city of the Dutch province of Utrecht. It is located in the eastern end of the Randstad, and is the fourth largest city of the Netherlands, with a population of 300,030 in 2007. The smaller Utrecht agglomeration including adjacent suburbs and annexed towns is home to some 640,000 registered inhabitants, while the larger region contains up to 820,000 inhabitants. Utrecht`s ancient city-centre features many buildings and structures from its earliest origins onwards. It has been the religious centre of the Netherlands since the eighth century. We visited the Dom Church and some other buildings in the city center in the autumn of 2009.

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20 photos from Darp
(Drenthe, Netherlands)

2015-05-03

Close to the small village of Darp in the province of Drenthe, we visited two sites with Hunebedden or Dolmens.

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81 photos from Malmo
(Scania, Sweden)

2011-04-25

Malmö, in the southernmost province of Scania, is the third most populous city in Sweden. Malmö was one of the earliest and most industrialized towns of Scandinavia, but it struggled with the adaptation to post-industrialism. Since the construction of the Öresund bridge, Malmö has begun a slow revival with impressive architectural developments, attracting new biotech and IT companies, and particularly students through Malmö University College. The city contains many historic buildings and parks, and is also a commercial centre for the western part of Scania. Tim and Miaomiao visited the city during a day trip from Copenhagen, in the spring of 2011.

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149 photos from Dusseldorf
(North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)

2008-03-22 - 2008-03-23

Dusseldorf is the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is an economic centre of Germany. The city is situated on the River Rhine and has a high population density - the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan area has over 10 million inhabitants alone. The city is renowned for its many events and also for its fashion and trade fairs. We visited the Altstadt, Town Hall, Rheinturm, the Gehry buildings, and the Film Museum.

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

2012-08-03

During this Den Bosch trip we did a boat tour over the Binnendieze river, and visited the Saint John`s Cathedral and the Theater aan de Parade festival.

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17 photos from Corinth
(Peloponnese, Greece)

2009-03-10

Corinth is a city in Greece. In antiquity it was a city-state, on the Isthmus of Corinth, the narrow stretch of land that joins the Peloponnesus to the mainland of Greece. To the west of the isthmus lies the Gulf of Corinth, to the east lies the Saronic Gulf. Corinth is about 78 kilometres southwest of Athens. The isthmus, which was in ancient times traversed by hauling ships over the rocky ridge on sledges, is now cut by a canal. Corinth is now the capital of the prefecture of Corinthia. The city is surrounded by the coastal townlets of (clockwise) Lechaio, Isthmia, Kechries, and the inland townlets of Examilia and the archaeological site. Geophysically the city is likewise surrounded by the narrow coastal plain of Vocha, Corinthian Gulf, Corinth Canal, Saronic Gulf, Oneia mountains, and the monolithic rock of Acrocorinth where the medieval acropolis was built. Miaomiao and Tim visited the Corinth canal and saw the Acrocorinth during a day trip from Athens to the Argolis region of Greece, in March 2009.

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178 photos from Brussels
(Brussels, Belgium)

2013-08-03 - 2013-08-04

On our second visit to Brussels (to see a concert of Robbie Williams), we went to the Avenue Louise, the Atomium, the Royal Palace and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

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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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35 photos from Lorne
(Victoria, Australia)

2014-09-12

Lorne is a seaside town on Louttit Bay in Victoria, Australia. It is situated about the Erskine River and is a popular destination on the Great Ocean Road tourist route. Lorne is in the Surf Coast Shire and at the 2006 Census in Australia had a population of 967, but this figure grows during the holiday season. We visited Lorne, the nearby Memorial Arch at Eastern View and a viewing point at the Cumberland River Holiday Park during our day trip on the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne.

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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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207 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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76 photos from Kennett River
(Victoria, Australia)

2014-09-12

Kennett River is a small seaside town in Victoria, Australia. Situated 174 kilometres west of Melbourne, on the Otway Coast part of the scenic Great Ocean Road, Kennett River is a popular tourist destination 27 kilometres from the resort town of Lorne, Victoria. The area is known for scenic coastal views, the Great Otway National Park, and surfing. Kennett River is also one of the best places in Australia to see koalas in the wild. Turn into Grey River Road, off the Great Ocean Road, and along the first two kilometres of the road you will be unlucky not to spot koalas in the eucalypts. We visited the Kennett River Holiday Park to see koalas and birds, as well as the nearby Cape Patton Lookout and the town of Apollo Bay, on our day trip on the Great Ocean Road.

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53 photos from Echternach
(Grevenmacher, Luxembourg)

2014-06-09

Echternach is a commune with city status in the canton of Echternach, which is part of the district of Grevenmacher, in eastern Luxembourg. Echternach lies near the border with Germany, and is the oldest town (current population 4,610) in Luxembourg. It grew around the walls of the Abbey of Echternach, which was founded in 698 by St. Willibrord, an English monk from Ripon, Northumbria (in present-day North Yorkshire, England), who became the first bishop of Utrecht and worked to Christianize the Frisians. As bishop, he was the Echternach monastery`s abbot until his death in 739. It is in his honour that the dancing procession takes place annually on Whit Tuesday. Tim and Miaomiao visited Echternach and its abbey in June 2014.

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98 photos from Hong Kong
(Hong Kong, China)

2012-01-15 - 2012-02-06

We visited Hong Kong briefly for a third time, on our way to/from Haikou. We went to the Elements shopping mall in Kowloon, had dinner at the Lin Heung Tea House, and watched the `A Symphony of Lights` multimedia show from the roof of the IFC Mall.

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75 photos from Deventer
(Overijssel, Netherlands)

2006-12-17

Another visit to Deventer during the Dickens Festival. This December festival sees some of the oldest streets and alleys in the city dressed up in the style of the Victorian era, as per Dickens` writings. The festival attracted 135,000 visitors.

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26 photos from Maastricht
(Limburg, Netherlands)

2014-06-07

Maastricht is a city in the Southeast of the Netherlands. It is the capital city in the province of Limburg. Maastricht is located on both sides of the Meuse river, at the point where the Jeker River joins it. In history Maastricht developed from a Belgic settlement, that in the Gallic Wars was conquered by the Romans and thus became a Roman settlement, to a religious centre, a garrison city and an early industrial city. Nowadays, it is known as a city of especially culture and education. Maastricht`s rich history shows from the fact that in this town no less than 1677 national heritage sites (Rijksmonumenten) are located, which is the second highest amount in a Dutch town, after Amsterdam. Furthermore, it has become known, by way of the Maastricht Treaty, as the birthplace of the European Union, European citizenship, and the single European currency, the euro. The town is popular with tourists for shopping and recreation, and has a large growing international student population. Tim and Miaomiao visited the city briefly on their way to Luxembourg in June 2014.

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54 photos from Amsterdam
(North-Holland, Netherlands)

2009-04-08

On a third sightseeing tour through Amsterdam, we visited the Rijksmuseum, the Dam and the Nieuwe Kerk.

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260 photos from Antwerp
(Antwerp, Belgium)

2017-01-06 - 2017-01-08

In the winter of 2017, we visited Aquatopia, the Antwerp Zoo, Chinatown and the city center.

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

2007-08-02 - 2007-08-06

Avignon is a commune in the Vaucluse département in southeastern France with a population of 90,000 in the city itself and a population of 290,000 in the metropolitan area. The city is well known for its Palais des Papes, where several popes and antipopes lived from the early 14th to early 15th centuries. We visited the Notre Dame des Doms, the Palais des Papes, the Pont d`Avignon, and much more in and around the city center.

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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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284 photos from Seattle
(Washington, USA)

2011-02-05 - 2011-02-09

Seattle is the northernmost major city in the contiguous United States, and the largest city in the Pacific Northwest and in the state of Washington. It is named after Chief Sealth `Seattle`, of the Duwamish and Suquamish native tribes. Seattle is the center of the Seattle–Tacoma–Bellevue metropolitan statistical area, the 15th largest in the United States, and the largest in the northwestern United States. The 2010 census found that Seattle is home to 630,320 residents within a metropolitan area of some 3.4 million inhabitants. Seattle is the birthplace of rock legend Jimi Hendrix and the rock music style known as `grunge`, which was made famous by local groups Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and Pearl Jam. In more recent years, Seattle has been known for indie rock and hip hop music. Seattle has a reputation for heavy coffee consumption; coffee companies founded or based in Seattle include Starbucks, Seattle`s Best Coffee, and Tully`s. There are also many successful independent artisanal espresso roasters and cafes. Tim visited Seattle and the neighbouring town of Bothell for a workshop in February 2011.

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12 photos from Deventer
(Overijssel, Netherlands)

2006-08-06

Deventer is a municipality and city in the Salland region of the Dutch province of Overijssel. Deventer is largely situated on the east bank of the river IJssel, but also has a small part of its territory on the west bank. We visited the city during Europe`s largest book fair, attracting some 125,000 visitors.

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111 photos from Cologne
(North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)

2012-08-04 - 2012-08-05

On our third visit to Cologne, we visited the Cologne Cathedral, the Romano-Germanic Museum, the city center and the east bank of the Rhine river.

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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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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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55 photos from Munich
(Bavaria, Germany)

2012-09-29 - 2012-09-30

In 2012, we visited the yearly Oktoberfest festival. Oktoberfest is the world`s largest Volksfest (beer festival and travelling funfair). Held annually in Munich, it is a 16-day folk festival running from mid or late September to the first weekend in October, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. Locally, it is often simply called the Wiesn, after the colloquial name of the fairgrounds (Theresienwiese) themselves. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modelled after the original Munich event.

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