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Welcome to our travel website! This site contains all our travel photos since nov. 2003 :: 274 series :: 45141 photos

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

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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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63 photos from Geysir
(Southern Region, Iceland)

2013-02-28

Geysir, sometimes known as The Great Geysir, is a geyser in southwestern Iceland. It was the first geyser described in a printed source and the first known to modern Europeans. The English word geyser (a spouting hot spring) derives from Geysir. The name Geysir itself is derived from the Icelandic verb geysa, `to gush`, the verb from Old Norse. Geysir lies in the Haukadalur valley on the slopes of Laugarfjall hill, which is also the home to Strokkur geyser about 50 metres south. Eruptions at Geysir can hurl boiling water up to 70 metres in the air. However, eruptions may be infrequent, and have in the past stopped altogether for years at a time. Tim and Miaomiao visited the geyser site during their trip through Iceland in the winter of 2013.

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152 photos from Beijing
(Beijing, China)

2016-07-01 - 2016-07-04

On this second trip to Beijing, we visited Miaomiao`s cousin, as well as some spots in the city center, such as Wanshou Park and Beijing West Railway Station.

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66 photos from Eyjafjallajokull
(Southern Region, Iceland)

2013-03-03

Eyjafjallajökull (Icelandic for `Island mountain glacier`) is one of the smaller ice caps of Iceland, situated to the north of Skógar and to the west of Mýrdalsjökull. The ice cap covers the caldera of a volcano with a summit elevation of 1,666 metres. The volcano has erupted relatively frequently since the last glacial period, most recently in 2010. Tim and Miaomiao visited Eyjafjallajökull during their trip through Iceland in the winter of 2013.

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57 photos from Marseille
(Provence-Alpes-Côte d`Azur, France)

2007-08-01 - 2007-08-06

Marseille is the second-largest city of France and forms the third-largest metropolitan area, after those of Paris and Lyon, with a population of 1.6 million. We visited the Old Port.

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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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13 photos from Anglesea
(Victoria, Australia)

2014-09-12

Anglesea is a town in Victoria, Australia. It is located on the Great Ocean Road in the Surf Coast Shire local government area. At the 2006 census, Anglesea had a population of 2,290. Originally known as Swampy Creek, the area's name was changed to Anglesea River in 1884 when the township was established. A Post Office under that name opened on 16 April 1886 and was renamed Anglesea in 1950. We visited Anglesea on a first stop on a day trip on the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne.

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158 photos from Niagara
(Ontario, Canada)

2008-07-18

The Niagara Falls are massive waterfalls on the Niagara River, straddling the international border separating the Canadian province of Ontario and the U.S. state of New York. The falls are 17 miles (27 km) north-northwest of Buffalo, New York, 75 miles (120 km) south-southeast of Toronto, Ontario, between the twin cities of Niagara Falls, Ontario, and Niagara Falls, New York. Niagara Falls is composed of two major sections separated by Goat Island: Horseshoe Falls, on the Canadian side of the border and American Falls on the United States side. The smaller Bridal Veil Falls also is located on the American side, separated from the main falls by Luna Island. While not exceptionally high, the Niagara Falls are very wide. It is the most powerful waterfall in North America. We did both an helicopter tour and a boat tour, starting from the Canadian side of the falls.

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

2016-08-29

Tim visited the exhibition `Een Wonderlijke Klim` on top of St. John`s Cathedral.

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56 photos from Chengmai
(Hainan, China)

2013-12-30

Chengmai is an administrative district in Hainan, the People`s Republic of China. It is one of four counties of Hainan. We visited the Yongqing Temple and the Fushan Town Center of Coffee Culture and Customs in Chengmai on a day trip from Haikou in 2013.

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357 photos from Munich
(Bavaria, Germany)

2016-03-11 - 2016-03-14

Munich is the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria, on the banks of River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Munich is the third largest city in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg and the 12th biggest city of the European Union with a population of above 1.5 million. The Munich Metropolitan Region is home to 5.8 million people. The city is a major center of art, advanced technologies, finance, publishing, culture, innovation, education, business and tourism in Germany and Europe and enjoys a very high standard and quality of living, reaching #1 in Germany and #4 worldwide according to the 2015 Mercer survey. Timi visited the city for the EAU 2016 conference.

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130 photos from Zhengzhou
(Henan, China)

2012-01-31 - 2012-02-02

On our second trip to Zhengzhou, we visited the Henan Provincial Museum and the Zhengdong New Area.

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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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115 photos from Kuta
(Bali, Indonesia)

2014-09-14 - 2014-09-15

Kuta is a town in southern Bali, Indonesia. A former fishing village, it was one of the first towns on Bali to see substantial tourist development, and as a beach resort remains one of Indonesia`s major tourist destinations. It is known internationally for its long sandy beach, varied accommodation, many restaurants and bars, and many renowned surfers who visit from Australia. It is located near Bali`s Ngurah Rai Airport. Tim visited the town and airport on a stopover on his way from Australia to the Netherlands.

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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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736 photos from Bangkok
(Bangkok, Thailand)

2016-07-25 - 2016-07-30

Bangkok is the capital and most populous city of Thailand. It is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon or simply About this sound Krung Thep. The city occupies 1,568.7 square kilometres in the Chao Phraya River delta in Central Thailand, and has a population of over 8 million, or 12.6 percent of the country`s population. Over 14 million people (22.2 percent) live within the surrounding Bangkok Metropolitan Region, making Bangkok an extreme primate city, significantly dwarfing Thailand`s other urban centres in terms of importance. Bangkok traces its roots to a small trading post during the Ayutthaya Kingdom in the 15th century, which eventually grew in size and became the site of two capital cities: Thonburi in 1768 and Rattanakosin in 1782. Bangkok was at the heart of Siam`s modernization, during the later 19th century, as the country faced pressures from the West. Our visit to Bangkok in the summer of 2016 included the Grand Palace, the Bangkok National Museum, the Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World, the Erawan Shrine, and more.

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

2013-02-10

We visited the Jheronimus Bosch Art Center, located in the former Sint-Jacobskerk church in Den Bosch.

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119 photos from Best
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2016-10-08

Best is a municipality and a village in the southern Netherlands. It is situated northwest of the city Eindhoven, and is also part of the agglomeration of this city. We visited BestZoo, the village`s zoo, in the autumn of 2016.

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185 photos from Helsinki
(Southern Finland, Finland)

2008-05-19 - 2008-05-21

Helsinki is the capital and largest city of Finland. It is in the southern part of Finland, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, by the Baltic Sea. The population of the city of Helsinki is 574,104 (2008), making it the most populous municipality in Finland by a wide margin. Miaomiao attended a conference here in May 2008.

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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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68 photos from Wanning
(Hainan, China)

2012-01-27 - 2012-01-29

Wanning is a county-level city in the southeast of Hainan Province, with an estimated population of 65,871 (2006). We visited the town on our way from Haikou to Sanya and back, and spend a few hours at the nearby Xinglong Tropical Garden.

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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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103 photos from Volkel
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2017-03-19

Volkel is a town in the Dutch province of North Brabant, located in the Peelrand. The village has 3,430 inhabitants. Volkel is best known for the eponymous military airbase (Volkel) of the Royal Air Force and the nearby leisure park (Billy Bird Park Hemelrijk). We visited the Zie-ZOO zoo in the spring of 2017.

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45 photos from Badaling
(Beijing, China)

2007-11-07

From Beijing we were driven to Badaling, the site of the most visited section of the Great Wall of China, approximately 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Beijing city in Yanqing County, which is within the Beijing municipality. The portion of the wall running through the site was built during the Ming Dynasty, along with a military outpost reflecting the location`s strategic importance. The portion of the wall at Badaling has undergone heavy restoration, and in 1957 it was the first section of the wall to open to tourists. Now visited annually by millions, the immediate area has seen significant development, including hotels, restaurants, and a cable car.

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79 photos from Amsterdam
(North-Holland, Netherlands)

2016-06-08 - 2016-06-09

Tim visited Amsterdam for the eHealth Week 2016 conference. Next to the conference sites (the Beurs van Berlage and the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky), he visited the Westerkerk church and the Anne Frank House.

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

2010-07-31 - 2010-08-08

Paris is the capital and largest city of France. It is situated on the river Seine, in northern France, at the heart of the Île-de-France region. The city of Paris, within its administrative limits largely unchanged since 1860, has an estimated population of 2,193,031 (January 2007), but the Paris aire urbaine (or metropolitan area) has a population of 11,836,970 (January 2007), and is one of the most populated metropolitan areas in Europe. Paris is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The Paris region receives 45 million tourists annually, 60% of whom are foreign visitors. The city and region contain numerous iconic landmarks, world-famous institutions and popular parks. We visited the city for a second time together in the summer of 2010.

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