Welcome to our travel website! This site contains all our travel photos since nov. 2003 :: 251 series :: 41012 photos|
Number of countries: 31, number of U.S. states: 7, number of Chinese provinces: 11
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76 photos from Amersfoort
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.
204 photos from Mumbai
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.
127 photos from Yongding
Yongding is a county under the jurisdiction of Longyan prefecture-level city, in the southwest of Fujian Province, People`s Republic of China. It is the home of many Hakka families. Yongding has a population of about 400,000, of which more than 99% are Hakka, the rest being Minnan people. We visited the Gaobei Tulou Cluster on a day trip from Xiamen.
215 photos from Michaelmas Cay
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.
122 photos from Ghent
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.
88 photos from Paris
2006-01-07 - 2006-01-10
Paris is the capital of France and the country`s largest city. It is situated on the river Seine, in northern France, at the heart of the Île-de-France region. The Paris urban area is Europe`s biggest city economy, and Paris is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with over 30 million foreign visitors per year. Tim and Miaomiao visited Paris in January 2006 (and many times before). Famous landmarks include the Eiffel tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Louvre, as well as the churches Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Basilique du Sacré-Coeur.
95 photos from Wenbifeng
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.
126 photos from Sanya
2007-11-12 - 2007-11-14
Sanya is the southernmost city in Hainan province, China. It has an area of 1919.6 square km and a population of 536,000 (2006). After Haikou, it is the second most populous city of the island. Sanya is renowned for its tropical climate and is a popular tourist destination.
221 photos from Nijmegen
Nijmegen, our home town, is a municipality and a city in the east of the Netherlands, near the German border. It is considered to be the oldest city in the Netherlands and celebrated its 2000th year of existence in 2005. Each summer the Gebroeders van Limburg Festival is celebrated, in which people let medieval times come back to life.
255 photos from Pisa
2013-10-02 - 2013-10-09
Pisa is a city in Tuscany, Central Italy, on the right bank of the mouth of the River Arno on the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is the capital city of the Province of Pisa. Although Pisa is known worldwide for its leaning tower (the bell tower of the city`s cathedral), the city of over 88,332 residents (around 200,000 with the metropolitan area) contains more than 20 other historic churches, several palaces and various bridges across the River Arno. The city is also home of the University of Pisa, which has a history going back to the 12th century and also has the mythic Napoleonic Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and Sant`Anna School of Advanced Studies as the best Superior Graduate Schools in Italy. Tim and Miaomiao visited the city and its monuments in the autumn of 2013, on their way to the Cinque Terre region.
197 photos from Granada
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.
421 photos from Athens
2009-03-07 - 2009-03-14
Athens, the capital and largest city of Greece, dominates the Attica periphery; as one of the world`s oldest cities, its recorded history spans around 3,400 years. The Greek capital has a population of 750,000 within its administrative limits. The Athens Larger Urban Zone (LUZ) is the 7th most populated LUZ in the EU with a population of over 4 million. A bustling and cosmopolitan metropolis, Athens is central to economic, financial, industrial, political and cultural life in Greece. Classical Athens was a powerful city-state. A centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, home of Plato`s Academy and Aristotle`s Lyceum, Athens was also the birthplace of Socrates, Pericles, Sophocles and its many other prominent philosophers, writers and politicians of the ancient world. It is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy. The heritage of the classical era is still evident in the city, represented by a number of ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of all being the Parthenon on the Acropolis. Tim and Miaomiao visited Athens and the nearby harbor city Piraeus, together with other Greek places, in March 2009.
113 photos from Agra
2004-10-12 - 2004-10-13
Agra, visited by Tim in October 2004, is a city on the banks of the Yamuna River in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India. It is the home of one of the modern World Wonders, the Taj Mahal. Other highlights (and UNESCO World Heritage Sites) include the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. In the nearby city of Sikandra, the Tomb of Akbar the Great was visited.
233 photos from Amsterdam
On a second sightseeing tour through Amsterdam, we paid a visit to several private gardens in the city, the Rembrandtplein, and the Dam.
96 photos from Pearcedale
Pearcedale is a town in Victoria, Australia, 50 km south-east of Melbourne`s central business district. Its local government area is the City of Casey. At the 2011 Census, Pearcedale had a population of 3,871. Local attractions include an angora goat stud and knitting mill, an iris nursery, and the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, which allows visitors to see endangered Australian animals. We visited the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park on our way from Melbourne to Phillip Island.
183 photos from Hong Kong
2007-10-19 - 2007-11-16
A second travel to Hong Kong, and the start and the end of our China tour in 2007. We visited Kowloon, Hong Kong Island, the Avenue of Stars, Victoria Harbour, the Star Ferry, the Peak Tram and Victoria Peak.
16 photos from Nafplion
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.
627 photos from Istanbul
2010-04-02 - 2010-04-07
Istanbul (historically also known as Byzantium and Constantinople) is the largest city in Turkey and fifth largest city proper in the world with a population of 12.8 million. Istanbul is also a megacity, as well as the cultural, economic, and financial centre of Turkey. It is located on the Bosphorus Strait and encompasses the natural harbour known as the Golden Horn, in the northwest of the country. It extends both on the European (Thrace) and on the Asian (Anatolia) sides of the Bosphorus, and is thereby the only metropolis in the world that is situated on two continents. In its long history, Istanbul has served as the capital city of the Roman Empire (330–395), the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire (395–1204 and 1261–1453), the Latin Empire (1204–1261), and the Ottoman Empire (1453–1922). The city was chosen as joint European Capital of Culture for 2010. The historic areas of Istanbul were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985. Tim and Miaomiao visited many famous sites within Istanbul, such as the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, the Topkapi Palace, the Galata Tower, the Süleymaniye Mosque, the Church of St. Savior in Chora and the Grand Bazaar. They also did a boat trip to the nearby Princes` Islands.
393 photos from Qingdao
2014-01-07 - 2014-01-09
Qingdao, historically known as Tsingtao, is a major city in eastern Shandong Province, Eastern China, with a population of over 8.715 million. It borders Yantai to the northeast, Weifang to the west and Rizhao to the southwest. `Qing` in Chinese means `green` or `lush`, while `dao` means `island`. Qingdao is administered at the sub-provincial level. Lying across the Shandong Peninsula while looking out to the Yellow Sea, Qingdao is a major seaport, naval base, and industrial centre. It is also the site of the Tsingtao Brewery. The world`s longest sea bridge, the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge, links the main urban area of Qingdao with Huangdao district, straddling the Jiaozhou Bay sea areas. Qingdao is named China`s most livable city. We visited, amongst others, the Zhan Qiao Pier, the Signal Hill Park, the Qingdao TV Tower and the May Fourth Square.
24 photos from Arnhem
Arnhem is a city and municipality, situated in the eastern part of the Netherlands. It is the capital of the province of Gelderland and located near the river Nederrijn as well as near the St. Jansbeek, which was the source of the city`s development. Arnhem has 144,101 residents (2008). We visited the christmas market in 2007.
30 photos from Bronkhorst
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.
35 photos from Lorne
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.
28 photos from Hong Kong
2007-01-12 - 2007-01-18
Hong Kong is a territory located on China`s south coast on the Pearl River Delta, bordering Guangdong province to the north and facing the South China Sea to the east, west and south. It has a population of 6.9 million people, and is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Miaomiao went to Hong Kong for a scientific conference in January 2007.
37 photos from Den Bosch
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.
29 photos from Den Bosch
Den Bosch is a municipality in the Netherlands, and also the capital of the province of North Brabant. It is located in the south of the Netherlands, some 80 km south of Amsterdam. We visited the city center and the Saint John`s Cathedral.
180 photos from Singapore
2014-08-28 - 2014-08-30
Singapore is a sovereign city-state and island country in Southeast Asia. It lies off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula and is 137 kilometres north of the equator. The country`s territory consists of the lozenge-shaped main island, commonly referred to as Singapore Island in English and Pulau Ujong in Malay, and more than 60 significantly smaller islets. Singapore is one of the world`s major commercial hubs, with the fourth-biggest financial centre and one of the five busiest ports. Its globalised and diversified economy depends heavily on trade, especially manufacturing, which represented 26 percent of Singapore`s GDP in 2005. In terms of purchasing power parity, Singapore has the third-highest per capita income in the world but one of the world`s highest income inequalities. Approximately 5.4 million people live in Singapore, of which approximately two million are foreign-born. Tim and Miaomiao visited the country briefly while travelling to Australia in the summer of 2014.
87 photos from Roermond
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.