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Welcome to our travel website! This site contains all our travel photos since nov. 2003 :: 419 series :: 65292 photos

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

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

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.

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71 photos from Zaandam
(North-Holland, Netherlands)

2018-10-18

Zaandam is a city in the province of North Holland, Netherlands. It is the main city of the municipality of Zaanstad, and received city rights in 1811. It is located on the river Zaan, just north of Amsterdam. We visited the Zaanse Schans neighbourhood on a day trip from Amsterdam.

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287 photos from Rotterdam
(South-Holland, Netherlands)

2017-09-29

On our fourth trip to Rotterdam, we visited the Diergaarde Blijdorp, one of the oldest zoos in the Netherlands.

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127 photos from Keukenhof
(South-Holland, Netherlands)

2014-04-12

In the spring of 2014, we visited the Keukenhof gardens for the second time.

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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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55 photos from Hveragerthi
(Southern Region, Iceland)

2013-03-03

Hveragerđi is a town and municipality in the south of Iceland located 45 km to the east of Reykjavík on Iceland`s main ringroad, Route 1. The river Varmá runs through the town. The population was 2,316 on 1 January 2011. The surrounding area is part of the Hengill central volcano, and is geothermally active and experiences very frequent (usually minor) earthquakes. The town is known for its greenhouses, which are heated by hot water from volcanic hot springs. Tim and Miaomiao visited the town and its surroundings during their trip through Iceland in the winter of 2013.

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52 photos from Los Gigantes
(Tenerife, Spain)

2018-12-30

Los Gigantes is a resort town in the Santiago del Teide municipality on the west coast of the Canary Island Tenerife. Its main feature are the giant rock formations, Acantilados de Los Gigantes, that rise from the sea to a height of 500-800 metres after which the town has been named. Los Gigantes means `The Giants`. The town has a marina surrounded by concrete walls to dampen the effect of the rough seas around the area. A small black sand beach lies between the rocks and the marina. The marina has a boulevard with many restaurants. Close to the harbour is a lido. The cliffs at Los Gigantes, Acantilados de Los Gigantes in Spanish, are one of the island`s major tourist attractions. There are three viewpoints in the village, the main one on main road to towards Tamaimo, another above the sports club and a third on a coastal path around the Hotel Barcelo. The village has many small shops and restaurants servicing the tourists that visit the area, especially on the one way road loop around church and plaza, and also near to the marina and beach. Each year, in February, there is a carnival which parades through the village. We visited Los Gigantes on the second last day of 2018.

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290 photos from Haikou
(Hainan, China)

2016-07-08 - 2016-07-25

On the sixth trip to Haikou, we visited Miaomiao`s family and celebrated Max' first birthday.

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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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20 photos from Darp
(Drenthe, Netherlands)

2015-05-03

Close to the small village of Darp in the province of Drenthe, we visited two sites with Hunebedden or Dolmens.

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49 photos from Epidaurus
(Peloponnese, Greece)

2009-03-10

Epidaurus was a small city (polis) in ancient Greece, at the Saronic Gulf. The modern town Epidavros, part of the prefecture of Argolis, was built near the ancient site. Epidaurus is famous for its well-preserved ancient theatre. Tim and Miaomiao visited the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Epidaurus during a day trip from Athens to the Argolis region in Greece, in March 2009.

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686 photos from Edinburgh
(Scotland, United Kingdom)

2016-10-26 - 2016-10-30

Edinburgh is Scotland`s second most populous city and the seventh most populous in the United Kingdom. The 2014 official population estimates are 464,990 for the city of Edinburgh and 1,339,380 for the city region. Recognised as the capital of Scotland since at least the 15th century, Edinburgh is home to the Scottish Parliament and the seat of the monarchy in Scotland. The city is home to national institutions such as the National Museum of Scotland, the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish National Gallery. It is the largest financial centre in the UK after London. The city`s historical and cultural attractions have made it the United Kingdom`s second most popular tourist destination attracting over one million overseas visitors each year. Historic sites in Edinburgh include Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, the churches of St. Giles, Greyfriars and the Canongate, and the extensive Georgian New Town, built in the 18th century. Edinburgh`s Old Town and New Town together are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We visited Edinburgh in the autumn of 2016.

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70 photos from Bruinisse
(Zeeland, Netherlands)

2017-09-24

Bruinisse is a town in the Dutch province of Zeeland. It is a part of the municipality of Schouwen-Duiveland, and lies about 19 km south of Hellevoetsluis. We visited the Grevelingendam at the east side of town.

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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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868 photos from Kos
(Dodecanese, Greece)

2019-04-28 - 2019-05-05

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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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23 photos from Wageningen
(Gelderland, Netherlands)

2007-05-05

Wageningen is a municipality and a historical town in the central Netherlands, in the province of Gelderland. Wageningen is famous for its military history. On May 5, 1945, the German general Blaskowitz surrendered to the Canadian general Charles Foulkes, which ended the Second World War in the Netherlands. The Generals negotiated the terms of surrender in the Hotel de Wereld, which since 2004 has again been serving as a hotel. On May 5, which in the Netherlands is Liberation Day, the city hosts a large festival to celebrate the liberation. At this festival, veteran soldiers parade through the city and are honored for their service. We visited the city on Liberation Day 2007.

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64 photos from Changping
(Beijing, China)

2017-08-11

Changping District, formerly Changping County, is a district situated in the suburbs of northwest Beijing. Changping District, covering an area of 1,430 square kilometres, contains two subdistricts of the city of Changping and 15 towns (five of which are suburbs of Beijing) with total population of 614,821. About 34 km from the city center, Changping is renowned for its numerous scenic spots and tourist facilities, like the Min dyanasty imperial tombs and the Datangshan museum. It is rich in natural resources, mineral products, and rural products. Tim visited the Chang Ling site of the Ming dynasty imperial tombs in Changping.

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166 photos from Uluwatu
(Bali, Indonesia)

2017-05-21 - 2017-05-26

Uluwatu is a place on the south-western tip of the Bukit Peninsula of Bali, Indonesia. It is home to the Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple and is the number four surf destination in the world for surfers of all abilities. The name Uluwatu comes from ulu, meaning `lands end`, and watu, meaning `rock`. We visited the Tirtha Wedding Chapel and the Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple.

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421 photos from Athens
(Attica, Greece)

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.

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268 photos from Hilvarenbeek
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2017-04-23

Hilvarenbeek is a municipality and a town in the south of the Netherlands, along the border with Belgium. The biggest tourist attraction is called Beekse Bergen, consisting of a safari park, amusement park/playground, holiday bungalow park, and camping parks. We visited the Beekse Bergen safari park in the spring of 2017.

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

2014-03-23

We visited the Noordbrabants Museum, with expositions on the history of the province, Vincent van Gogh and Jheronimus Bosch.

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238 photos from Dinant
(Namur, Belgium)

2007-04-06 - 2007-04-09

Dinant is a Walloon city and municipality located on the River Meuse in the Belgian province of Namur, Belgium. We visited the Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame, the Citadel, the city center, the river side, and the `La Merveilleuse` caves.

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67 photos from Jaipur
(Rajasthan, India)

2004-10-11 - 2004-10-12

Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan in India. Jaipur is the largest city in Rajasthan and was built in the eighteenth century by Sawai Jai Singh as India`s first planned city. Jaipur is often called the Pink City in reference to its distinctly colored buildings, which were originally painted this color to imitate the red sandstone architecture of Mughal cities. The present earthy red color originates from repainting of the buildings undertaken for a visit by the Prince of Wales in 1876. Tim visited Jaipur in the autumn of 2004, and visited the City Palace, the Jal Mahal, the Birla Temple and the nearby Amber Fort.

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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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198 photos from Rhenen
(Utrecht, Netherlands)

2019-02-17

A second visit to the Ouwehands Dierenpark zoo, in the winter of 2019.

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26 photos from Selfoss
(Southern Region, Iceland)

2018-07-06 - 2018-07-08

Selfoss is a town in southern Iceland on the banks of the Ölfusá river. It is a part of, and the seat, of the municipality of Árborg. The Icelandic Ring Road (Icelandic: Hringvegur) runs through the town on its way between Hveragerđi and Hella. The town is a centre of commerce and small industries with a population of 7,000, making it the largest residential area in South Iceland. We visited Selfoss in the summer of 2018.

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