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Welcome to our travel website! This site contains all our travel photos since nov. 2003 :: 262 series :: 43431 photos

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

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94 photos from Cambridge
(England, United Kingdom)

2009-06-15 - 2009-06-18

The city of Cambridge is a university town and the administrative centre of the county of Cambridgeshire, England. It lies in East Anglia about 50 miles (80 km) north of London. Cambridge is best known as the home of the University of Cambridge, one of the world`s premier universities. The university includes the renowned Cavendish Laboratory, King`s College Chapel, and the Cambridge University Library. Tim visited Cambridge and the nearby town of Hinxton for a course at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) in June 2009. He visited King`s College, Queen`s College, the Peterhouse, and more.

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95 photos from Wenbifeng
(Hainan, China)

2012-01-24

Hainan Wenbifeng Taoism Park is a large-scale cultural scenic business cooperation dealing in traveling, sightseeing, entertainment and cultural research. Its buildings have the forms of Chinese traditional pavilions and halls, especially in Song Dynasty style, and are orderly scattered all over Wenbifeng Mountain in an area of nearly 1000 Chinese acres. It also contains Yuchan Palace, the only Taoist temple authorized by Hainan govermment. We visited the park in January 2012.

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40 photos from Bruhl
(North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)

2012-08-05

Brühl is a town in the Rhineland of Germany. It is located in Rhein-Erft-Kreis, 20 km south of Cologne city center and at the edge of Naturpark Kottenforst-Ville Nature Reserve. The town of Brühl was the residence of the Prince Bishops of Cologne. In the 18th century the Prince Bishop Clemens August replaced a former ruined castle and built the Augustusburg and Falkenlust palaces near the city centre. Today both are listed as UNESCO - World Heritage Sites. Until 1990 Augustusburg Palace was used by the West German government to receive foreign heads of states visiting West Germany. We visited the Augustusburg and Falkenlust palaces during our Cologne trip.

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264 photos from New York
(New York, USA)

2011-02-09 - 2011-02-11

New York is the most populous city in the United States and the center of the New York metropolitan area, which is one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world. New York City has a significant impact on global commerce, finance, media, culture, art, fashion, research, education, and entertainment. Tim visited the city and the neighbouring town of Briarcliff when visiting the Philips Research lab in the region. Attractions visited were the Observation Deck of the Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick`s Cathedral, Times Square, Battery Park, Wall Street, Trinity Church, World Trade Center and St. Paul`s Chapel.

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154 photos from Antwerp
(Antwerp, Belgium)

2016-05-08

In the spring of 2016, we visited the Antwerp Zoo and Chinatown.

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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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27 photos from Sagunto
(Valencia, Spain)

2006-08-21

Sagunto, formerly Murviedro, is an ancient city in Eastern Spain, in the modern fertile district of Camp de Morvedre in the province of Valencia. It is located in a hilly site, c. 30 km north of Valencia, close to the Costa del Azahar on the Mediterranean Sea. We visited the Roman theater and the Old Jewish Quarter.

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122 photos from Ghent
(East Flanders, Belgium)

2006-09-16 - 2006-09-17

Ghent is a city and a municipality located in the Flemish region, Belgium. It is the capital and biggest city of the East Flanders province. The city started as a settlement at the confluence of the Rivers Scheldt and Lys and became in the Middle Ages one of the largest and richest cities of northern Europe. Today it is a busy city with a port and a university.

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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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92 photos from Middelburg
(Zeeland, Netherlands)

2009-04-11 - 2009-04-12

The city of Middelburg dates back to the early 9th century or possibly the late 8th century. The first mention of Middelburg was as one of three fortified towns erected on Walcheren to guard against Viking raids. In 844 a monastery was built on the site, which remained in use until the Eighty Years` War, when the northern Netherlands won their independence from Spain. Middelburg was granted city rights in 1217. During the Middle Ages, it became an important trading centre in the trade between England and the cities of Flanders. Later, in the 17th century (the Dutch Golden Age), it was an important centre for the Dutch East India Company. Tim and Miaomiao visited Middelburg for two days in the spring of 2009.

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882 photos from Lisbon
(Lisbon, Portugal)

2014-04-20 - 2014-04-26

Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal with a population of over 3 million in its urban area, making it the 11th most populous urban area in the European Union. Lisbon is the westernmost large city located in Europe, as well as its westernmost capital city and the only one along the Atlantic coast. It lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the River Tagus. Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, and the oldest city in Western Europe, predating other modern European capitals such as London, Paris and Rome by hundreds of years. Julius Caesar made it a municipium called Felicitas Julia, adding to the name Olissipo. Ruled by a series of Germanic tribes from the 5th century, it was captured by the Moors in the 8th century. In 1147, the Crusaders under Afonso Henriques reconquered the city and since then it has been a major political, economic and cultural centre of Portugal. Lisbon has two sites listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site: Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery. Furthermore, in 1994, Lisbon was the European Capital of Culture and in 1998 organised the Expo `98. Tim and Miaomiao visited the city in the spring of 2014.

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115 photos from Changsha
(Hunan, China)

2009-09-12 - 2009-09-14

Changsha is the capital city of Hunan, a province of south-central China, located on the lower reaches of Xiang river, a branch of the Yangtze River. It had a population of 6,017,600 in 2003. Changsha was important from the time of the Qin dynasty (221–207 BC). In AD 750–1100 Changsha was an important commercial city, and its population increased greatly. Under the Qing dynasty, from 1664, it was the capital of Hunan province, and it was a major rice market. It was besieged during the Taiping Rebellion but never fell. Changsha was the site of Mao Zedong`s conversion to communism. It was the scene of major battles in the Sino-Japanese War of 1937–45 and was briefly occupied by the Japanese. Rebuilt since 1949, the city is now a major port and a commercial and industrial center. We visited the city center, Tianxin pavilion, Hunan Provincial Museum, Yuelu Academy and Juzi Island.

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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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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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81 photos from Kinderdijk
(South-Holland, Netherlands)

2014-03-30

Kinderdijk is a village in the Netherlands, belonging to the municipality of Molenwaard, in the province South Holland, about 15 km east of Rotterdam. Kinderdijk is situated in a polder in the Alblasserwaard at the confluence of the Lek and Noord rivers. To drain the polder, a system of 19 windmills was built around 1740. This group of mills is the largest concentration of old windmills in the Netherlands. The windmills of Kinderdijk are one of the best-known Dutch tourist sites. They have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. We visited the site in the spring of 2014.

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16 photos from Nafplion
(Peloponnese, Greece)

2009-03-10

Tim and Miaomiao visited the city of Nafplion as part of a day trip from Athens to the Argolis region of Greece, in March 2009. Nafplion, or Nauplion, is a seaport town in the Peloponnese in Greece that has expanded up the hillsides near the north end of the Argolic Gulf. The town was the first capital of modern Greece, from 1829 to 1834. Nafplion, with a population of 13,822 is the capital of the prefecture of Argolis and the province of Nafplion.

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100 photos from Levanto
(Liguria, Italy)

2013-10-03 - 2013-10-09

Levanto is a municipality in the province of La Spezia in the Italian region Liguria, located about 60 km southeast of Genoa and about 20 km northwest of La Spezia. The town is on the coast at the end of a valley, thickly wooded with olive and pine trees. The ridges on either side of the valley thrust out into the sea as the headlands of Mesco and Levanto. The municipality forms part of the coastal district known as the Comunitŕ Montana della Riviera Spezzina, and part of its territory is included in the Cinque Terre National Park. Tim and Miaomiao stayed in Levanto during their visit to the Cinque Terre.

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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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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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53 photos from Vianden
(Diekirch, Luxembourg)

2014-06-09

Vianden is a commune with city status in the Oesling, north-eastern Luxembourg, with over 1,800 inhabitants. It is the capital of the canton of Vianden, which is part of the district of Diekirch. Vianden lies on the Our river, near the border between Luxembourg and Germany. The town of Vianden is known for its impressive castle and beautiful location in the Our valley. Tim and Miaomiao visited Vianden and its castle in June 2014.

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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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132 photos from Zhouzhuang
(Jiangsu, China)

2007-10-26

Zhouzhuang is a town in Jiangsu province, China. It is located within Kunshan county-level city, 30 km southeast of Suzhou. Zhouzhuang is a popular tourist destination. It is one of the most famous water townships in China, noted for its profound cultural background, the well preserved ancient residential houses, the elegant watery views and the strong local colored traditions and customs. It has been called the `Venice of the East`. We visited Zhouzhuang on a day trip from Shanghai.

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121 photos from Efteling
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2006-08-26

In August 2006 Tim and Miaomiao visited the Efteling, the largest and most popular theme park in The Netherlands, and one of the leading theme parks in Europe. It is also one of the oldest theme parks in the world: it was opened in 1952. Originally the park catered towards children with a fairy tale theme. Nowadays Efteling appeals to both young and old with its cultural, romantic and nostalgic themes and its variety of amusement rides. In over fifty years the park has evolved from a nature park with playground and a Fairy Tale Forest, into a full-size theme park along the lines of Disneyland (it is actually twice as large as the original Disneyland park and predates it by three years). In 1992 Efteling received the IAAPA Applause Award for Best Amusement Park in the World, and In 2005 the Efteling received the THEA Classic Award.

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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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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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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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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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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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