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

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269 photos from Amsterdam
(North-Holland, Netherlands)

2011-04-30

A boat tour through the Amsterdam canals during Queen's Day 2011.

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98 photos from Efteling
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2016-08-19

On this fourth trip to the Efteling, we visited the attractions Fata Morgana, Diorama, Land van Laaf, Carnaval Festival and more.

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30 photos from Bronkhorst
(Gelderland, Netherlands)

2016-04-10

Bronkhorst is a village in the municipality of Bronckhorst, Gelderland, the Netherlands. Technically, it is a city and with only 171 inhabitants, it is one of the smallest cities in the Netherlands. Bronkhorst used to be a lordship. The earliest known lord of Bronkhorst was Gijsbert of Bronkhorst, first mentioned in 1140. In the Middle Ages, a castle was erected on the hill nearby the town. It is first mentioned in a 14th-century document. It consisted of a keep and associated buildings and was surrounded by a thick wall and a wide moat. It was sieged several times, most notably in 1582, when after nine months Dutch troops captured the castle, which was occupied by the Spanish. The castle changed hands many times, until its last owner, a merchant, had it demolished in 1828. Bronkhorst is known for its picturesque buildings, and houses a museum dedicated to Charles Dickens which also contains items purchased from the former Dickens museum at Rochester. We visited Bronkhorst in the spring of 2016.

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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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134 photos from Giethoorn
(Overijssel, Netherlands)

2015-05-03

Giethoorn is a village in the Dutch province of Overijssel. It is located in the municipality of Steenwijkerland, about 5 km southwest of Steenwijk. Giethoorn used to be an auto-free zone, but nowadays exeptions are made. It became locally famous, especially after 1958, when the Dutch film maker Bert Haanstra made his famous comedy Fanfare there. In the old part of the village, there were no roads (though a cycling path was eventually added), and all transport was done by water over one of the many canals. The lakes in Giethoorn were formed by peat unearthing. Giethoorn was founded by fugitives from the Mediterranean region in around AD 1230. Tourism has had a relatively small influence on the old traditional town. The village, still only fully accessible by boat, is one of several places commonly known as the Venice of the North or Venice of the Netherlands. Giethoorn has over 180 bridges. Tim visited Giethoorn together with Miaomiao`s parents in the spring of 2015.

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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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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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76 photos from Amersfoort
(Utrecht, Netherlands)

2015-11-04

Amersfoort is a municipality and the second largest city of the province of Utrecht in central Netherlands, with 150,000 inhabitants. The city is growing quickly but has a well-preserved and protected medieval centre. Remains of settlements in the Amersfoort area from around 1000 BC have been found, but the name Amersfoort, after a ford in the Amer River, today called the Eem, did not appear until the 11th century. It was granted city rights in 1259 by the bishop of Utrecht, Henry I van Vianden. Tim visited the Koppelpoort gate, the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwentoren tower and the Sint-Joriskerk church, as well as other parts of the city center, in the autumn of 2015.

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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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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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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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33 photos from Doesburg
(Gelderland, Netherlands)

2015-12-25

Doesburg received city rights in 1237. Because of its strategic position along the Oude IJssel and Gelderse IJssel, Doesburg has been an important fortified city for a long time. The fortification of the city made Doesburg an important economic and administrative city. The Martinikerk, the main church in Doesburg is 94 meters tall. For many reasons, many of which have to do with the IJssel decreasing in depth, the prosperity in Doesburg settled after the 15th century. Doesburg changed into a sleepy provincial town and so it would remain until after the second world war. The city was protected in 1974, designated as a historic town. The historical inner city with several museums and many monuments draw thousands of tourists every year. Large tourist attractions are the Main court, the Doesburgse mustard factory and `De Waag`, which according to reports is the oldest public place in the Netherlands. Tim, Miaomiao and Max visited the city during the Christmas of 2015.

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139 photos from Mierlo
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2017-04-15

A second visit to the Dierenrijk zoo in the spring of 2017.

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61 photos from Zhengzhou
(Henan, China)

2007-10-28 - 2007-11-06

Zhengzhou, formerly called Zhengxian, is a prefecture-level city, and the capital of Henan province, People`s Republic of China. We visited Miaomiao`s relatives there, and the Erqi Memorial Tower.

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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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50 photos from Kunming
(Yunnan, China)

2009-09-03 - 2009-09-09

Kunming is a prefecture-level city and capital of Yunnan province, in southwestern China. Because of its year-round temperate climate, Kunming is often called the `Spring City` or `City of Eternal Spring`. We visited the Yuantong Temple, the Xisi Tower, the Dongsi Tower and the Archways of Golden Horse and Jade Cock.

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87 photos from The Hague
(South-Holland, Netherlands)

2017-07-07

On our fifth visit to The Hague, we went to Madurodam with its new attraction `Nieuw Amsterdam`.

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673 photos from Cinque Terre
(Liguria, Italy)

2013-10-04 - 2013-10-07

The Cinque Terre is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. It is in the Liguria region of Italy, to the west of the city of La Spezia. `The Five Lands` is composed of five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Over the centuries, people have carefully built terraces on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the sea. Part of its charm is the lack of visible corporate development. Paths, trains and boats connect the villages, and cars cannot reach them from the outside. The Cinque Terre area is a very popular tourist destination. The villages of the Cinque Terre were severely affected by torrential rains which caused floods and mudslides on October 25, 2011. Nine people were confirmed killed by the floods, and damage to the villages, particularly Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare, was extensive. Tim and Miaomiao visited all five towns of the Cinque Terre in the autumn of 2013.

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114 photos from Aachen
(North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)

2017-06-14

On this second trip to Aachen, Tim visited the City Hall, the Cathedral and the Cathedral Treasury.

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109 photos from Grenoble
(Rhône-Alpes, France)

2008-12-30 - 2009-01-01

A new year`s trip to the city of Grenoble, where the city center and the Bastille were visited.

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102 photos from Floriade
(Limburg, Netherlands)

2012-10-07

Floriade is an international exhibition of flowers and gardening, held every 10 years in the Netherlands. We visited the Floriade 2012 near Venlo.

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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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118 photos from Port Campbell
(Victoria, Australia)

2014-09-12

Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. The town is on the Great Ocean Road, west of the Twelve Apostles, in the Shire of Corangamite. At the 2011 census, Port Campbell had a population of 618. Port Campbell is now a popular tourist destination for visiting the Twelve Apostles, located 12 kilometres to the west of the town and the Port Campbell National Park, as well as maintaining a small crayfishing community. We visited the Gibson Steps, the Twelve Apostles and the Loch Ard Gorge at Port Campbell National Park during our day trip to the Great Ocean Road.

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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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145 photos from Lijiang
(Yunnan, China)

2009-09-07 - 2009-09-08

Lijiang is a prefecture-level city in northwestern Yunnan Province, China. It has a population of 1,137,600 as of 2005. The world famous Old Town of Lijiang is located in Lijiang City. It is a UNESCO Heritage Site. The town has a history going back more than 800 years and was once a confluence for trade along the old tea horse road. The Lijiang old town is famous for its orderly system of waterways and bridges. The old town of Lijiang differs from other ancient Chinese cities in architecture, history and the culture of its traditional residents the Nakhi people. We visited the Old Town and some nearby attractions in September 2009.

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65 photos from Comino
(Gozo and Comino, Malta)

2011-06-15

Comino is an island of the Maltese archipelago between the islands of Malta and Gozo in the Mediterranean Sea, measuring 1.35 square miles (3.5 km2) in area. Named after the cumin seed that once flourished in the Maltese islands, Comino is noted for its tranquility and isolation. It has a permanent population of only four residents. One priest and one policeman commute from the nearby island of Gozo, to render their services to the local population and summertime visitors. Today, Comino is a bird sanctuary and nature reserve. Administratively it is part of the municipality of Ghajnsielem, in southeastern Gozo. Tim and Miaomiao visited Comino on a boat tour from Malta in June 2011.

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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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204 photos from Mumbai
(Maharashtra, India)

2004-09-27 - 2004-10-17

First stop of Tim`s India travel in the autumn of 2004, Mumbai is, with an estimated population of thirteen million, the most populous city in India and the second most populous city in the world. Highlights include the Gateway of India and the Haji Ali mosque.

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