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

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218 photos from Valkenburg
(Limburg, Netherlands)

2016-12-23 - 2016-12-24

Valkenburg is a town situated in the southeastern Dutch province of Limburg. Sieges and conquests have been the recurrent theme in the history of Valkenburg, especially in connection with Valkenburg castle, seat of the counts of Valkenburg. It was here that Beatrice of Falkenburg grew up, who in 1269 married 60-year-old Richard of Cornwall, king of the Holy Roman Empire. In December 1672 the castle was once again destroyed by Dutch troops led by William III, trying to prevent the armies of Louis XIV of France from capturing it, this time not to be rebuilt. Valkenburg is no longer a fortified town but it has largely retained its historical charm, although the town suffered heavily from mass tourism in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. The municipality still hosts more than 1 million overnight stays a year. The present aim of the council of Valkenburg is to move away from mass tourism and emphasize the natural and historical beauty of the town. Included in the plan were the rebuilding of Geulpoort, the restoration of two other surviving city gates, and the reconstruction of the defensive moat along the Medieval wall in Halderpark.

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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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149 photos from Amsterdam
(North-Holland, Netherlands)

2014-07-13

On this visit to Amsterdam, we visited the Dam square, the Royal Palace Amsterdam, the Kalverstraat street, the flower market, the Rijksmuseum and the Wallen district.

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176 photos from Antwerp
(Antwerp, Belgium)

2017-02-04 - 2017-02-05

During a second visit in the winter of 2017, we visited the Antwerp Zoo, the `Azië in Antwerpen` food festival and the Stadspark.

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512 photos from Xiamen
(Fujian, China)

2013-12-26 - 2014-01-17

Xiamen (also known as Amoy) is a major city on the southeast (Taiwan Strait) coast of the People`s Republic of China. It is administered as a sub-provincial city of Fujian province with a population of 3.67 million. Its built up area is now bigger than the old urban island area and covers all six districts of Xiamen (Huli, Siming, Jimei, Tong`an, Haicang and recently Xiang`an). The Jinmen (Kinmen) Islands administered by the Republic of China (Taiwan) are less than 10 kilometres away. Xiamen and the surrounding southern Fujian countryside are the ancestral home to large communities of overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia. The city was a treaty port in the 19th century and one of the four original Special Economic Zones opened to foreign investment and trade when China began economic reforms in the early 1980s. It is endowed with educational and cultural institutions supported by the overseas Chinese diaspora. We visited Xiamen at the end of our China trip in 2014. Highlights included Gulangyu Island, Zhongshan Road and Nanputuo Temple.

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47 photos from Groningen
(Groningen, Netherlands)

2010-12-16

During a short trip to Groningen for work, Tim visited the center of the city, with the Martinitoren, the City Hall, the Academiegebouw, and more.

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

2010-12-04

A second trip to the German city of Cologne, where we visited the Cologne Cathedral, the christmas markets and the shopping streets.

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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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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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178 photos from Nice
(Provence-Alpes-Côte d`Azur, France)

2010-10-18 - 2010-10-22

Nice is the fifth most populous city in France, with a population of 348,721 within its administrative limits. The urban area of Nice extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of over 955,000. Located on the south east coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, Nice is second largest French city on the Mediterranean coast. The city is nicknamed Nice la Belle, which means Nice the Beautiful. Nice is the capital city of the Alpes Maritimes department, and the second biggest city of the Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d`Azur after Marseille. The area of today`s Nice is believed to be among the oldest human settlements in Europe. One of the archaeological sites, Terra Amata, displays evidence of a very early usage of fire. Around 350 BC, Greeks of Marseille founded a permanent settlement and called it Nikaia, after Nike, the goddess of victory. Tim and Miaomiao visited Nice in the autumn of 2010.

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35 photos from Bertinoro
(Emilia-Romagna, Italy)

2006-03-18 - 2006-03-23

Bertinoro is a town and comune in the province of Forlě-Cesena, Emilia-Romagna (Italy). It is located on hill, Mount Cesubeo, in Romagna, a few kilometers from the Via Emilia. Miaomiao had a conference here in the spring of 2006.

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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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553 photos from New York
(New York, USA)

2008-07-05 - 2008-07-12

We visited New York as part of our USA/Canada trip in the summer of 2008. New York City is the most populous city in the United States, in a metropolitan area that ranks among the world`s most-populous urban areas. It is a leading global city, exerting a powerful influence over worldwide commerce, finance, culture, and entertainment. The city consists of five distinct boroughs: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. It is the most densely populated major city in the United States, with an estimated 8,3 million people occupying just under 790 km2. We stayed in New York for one week and visited amongst others Liberty Island, Ellis Island, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Empire Statue Building, Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, Ground Zero and Central Park.

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107 photos from Kempervennen
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2015-12-28 - 2015-12-31

De Kempervennen is a Center Parcs holiday village situated in Westerhoven, North-Brabant, Netherlands. Activities include the sub-tropical swimming paradise, various outdoor and indoor adventure activities, a sports hall, `kids klub`, children`s farm, watersports, a `real snow` indoor ski slope, evening shows and forest surroundings. Outdoor activities include water sports, high climb, and bike riding. Indoor activities include sports, wall climbing, live shows, shopping, swimming, rapids, slides, indoor play zone, arcade, and bowling. The site`s restaurants include `Pizza and Pasta`, Family Grill, and The Pancake House. Onsite shops encompass a supermarket, clothes, and toys. Tim, Miaomiao and Max visited the Kempervennen during the last days of 2015.

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124 photos from Keukenhof
(South-Holland, Netherlands)

2015-04-25

In the spring of 2015, Tim visited the Keukenhof again, together with Miaomiao`s parents.

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205 photos from Haikou
(Hainan, China)

2012-01-16 - 2012-02-05

A fourth visit to the capital of Hainan province. We celebrated the Chinese New Year, and visited some spots in the city center and the Hainan Volcano Park.

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59 photos from Nijmegen
(Gelderland, Netherlands)

2014-07-07

We visited our former home town Nijmegen in the summer of 2014, and went to the Radboud University, the Kronenburgerpark, the Sint-Stevenskerk church, the Valkhof park, the Waalkade promenade and other sites in the city center.

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46 photos from Slagharen
(Overijssel, Netherlands)

2008-10-25

A day trip to Attractiepark Slagharen, in the province of Overijssel.

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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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575 photos from Dublin
(Southern Region, Ireland)

2013-05-11 - 2013-05-15

Dublin (Irish: Baile Átha Cliath, meaning `town of the hurdled ford`) is the capital and most populous city of Ireland. The English name for the city is derived from the Irish name Dubhlinn, meaning `black pool`. Dublin is situated in the province of Leinster near the midpoint of Ireland`s east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey and the centre of the Dublin Region. Originally founded as a Viking settlement, it evolved into the Kingdom of Dublin and became the island`s principal city following the Norman invasion. The city expanded rapidly from the 17th century; it was briefly the second largest city in the British Empire and the fifth largest in Europe. Dublin entered a period of stagnation following the Act of Union of 1800, but it remained the economic centre for most of the island. Following the partition of Ireland in 1922, the new parliament, the Oireachtas, was located in Leinster House. Dublin became the capital of the Irish Free State and later the Republic of Ireland. It is a historical and contemporary cultural centre for the country, as well as a modern centre of education, the arts, administration, economy, and industry. Tim visited the city for the eHealth Week 2013 conference.

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

2016-11-12

We visited the light show `Bosch by Night` at the Markt square.

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102 photos from Bruges
(West Flanders, Belgium)

2006-09-17

Bruges is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium. It is located in the northwest of the country. The historic city centre is a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO. It is egg-shaped and about 430 hectares in size. The city`s total population is 117,073. Along with a few other canal-based northern cities, it is sometimes referred to as `The Venice of the North`.

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219 photos from San Francisco
(California, USA)

2009-06-06 - 2009-06-13

San Francisco is the fourth most populous city in California and the 12th most populous city in the United States, with a 2008 estimated population of 808,976. It is the second most densely populated major city in the U.S. and is the financial, cultural, and transportation center of the larger San Francisco Bay Area, a region of more than seven million people. Miaomiao visited the city in the summer of 2009.

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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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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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152 photos from Madrid
(Madrid, Spain)

2005-09-27 - 2005-10-02

Tim travelled to Madrid for the ECCB 2005 conference. He visited the Plaza Mayor, Royal Palace, Parque del Buen Retiro, Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, and more.

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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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322 photos from Boston
(Massachusetts, USA)

2008-07-12 - 2008-07-17

Boston is the capital and largest city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. The largest city in New England, Boston is considered the economic and cultural center of the region, and is sometimes regarded as the unofficial "Capital of New England." Boston city proper had a 2007 estimated population of 608,352, making it the twenty-first largest in the country. Boston is also the anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area called Greater Boston, home to 4.4 million people and the tenth-largest metropolitan area in the country. Boston had an important role in the USA`s declaration of independence in 1789.

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