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Welcome to our travel website! This site contains all our travel photos since nov. 2003 :: 540 series :: 78055 photos

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

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59 photos from Antwerp
(Antwerp, Belgium)

2014-07-05

On our second trip to Antwerp, we visited the diamond neighbourhood, the Antwerp Central Railway Station, the Chinatown and the Meir shopping street.

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170 photos from Shangri-La
(Yunnan, China)

2009-09-06 - 2009-09-07

Shangri-La County is a primarily Tibetan county in northwestern Yunnan Province in southwest China and the capital of Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. The county was formerly called Zhongdian County but was renamed in 2001 after the fictional land of Shangri-La in the 1933 James Hilton novel Lost Horizon, in an effort to promote tourism in the area. The local Tibetan population refers to it by the name Gyalthang. We visited the town in September 2009, as well as the nearby Tiger Leaping Gorge and Potatso National Park.

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37 photos from Los Cristianos
(Tenerife, Spain)

2019-01-01

Los Cristianos is a town in Spain with a population of 21,235 (2017), situated on the south coast of the Canary Island of Tenerife. Located in the municipality of Arona between the cone of the mountain Chayofita and the greater mountain Guaza. The town centre is around the Los Cristianos bay, but is rapidly expanding inland with modern development. The town is a popular tourist resort and includes a ferry port. Unlike its bustling neighbour, Playa de las Américas, this town has a history that predates the tourist boom of the 1970s and 1980s. For many years this holiday hub was a quiet fishing village and evidence of its humble origins can still be seen in the typical Canarian architecture of the older buildings. Nowadays however, the town offers a holiday experience, with two sandy beaches, a multitude of bars and restaurants and its year round sunny climate. There is a wealth of accommodation to suit all budgets, including hotels, self-catering apartments and timeshare resorts. There is also a wealth of excursions focused around the town`s busy port including dolphin and whale watching as well as game fishing trips and party cruises. We visited Los Cristianos on New Year`s Day 2019.

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

2006-02-25 - 2006-02-27

Aachen is a historic spa city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is the westernmost city of Germany, located along its borders with Belgium and the Netherlands, 65 km west of Cologne. Miaomiao and Tim visited the city and the nearby three-country border during the carnaval of 2006.

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59 photos from Vilaflor
(Tenerife, Spain)

2019-01-02

Vilaflor is a municipality and a village in the south-central part of the island of Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands, and part of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife (province), Spain. Vilaflor, with an altitude of 1,400 m, is the highest village of Tenerife, situated south the Teide volcano. The population is 1,800. We visited Vilaflor, as well as the nearby El Pińo Gordo pine tree, on our way to the Teide volcano.

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757 photos from Beijing
(Beijing, China)

2017-08-01 - 2017-08-14

On our third trip to Beijing, we visited Tiananmen Square, the National Art Museum of China, the Forbidden City, Beihai Park, the Temple of Heaven, the Houhai neighbourhood and other sites in the city center.

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160 photos from Antwerp
(Antwerp, Belgium)

2018-08-11

On this ninth visit to Antwerp, we visited the Antwerp Zoo.

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31 photos from Seljalandsfoss
(Southern Region, Iceland)

2013-03-03

Seljalandsfoss is one of the most famous waterfalls of Iceland. It is very picturesque and therefore its photo can be found in many books and calendars. It was a waypoint during the first leg of The Amazing Race 6. Seljalandsfoss is situated in between Selfoss and Skógafoss at the road crossing of Route 1 (the Ring Road) with the track going into Ţórsmörk. This waterfall of the river Seljalandsá drops 60 metres over the cliffs of the former coastline. It is possible to go behind the waterfall. Tim and Miaomiao visited Seljalandsfoss during their trip through Iceland in the winter of 2013.

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207 photos from Philadelphia
(Pennsylvania, USA)

2008-07-02 - 2008-07-05

Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania and the sixth-most-populous city in the US. It is the fifth-largest metropolitan area and fourth-largest urban area by population in the US. Popular nicknames for Philadelphia include Philly and The City of Brotherly Love. In 2005, the population of the city proper was estimated to be over 1.4 million, while the metropolitan area, with a population of 5.8 million, was the fifth-largest in the United States. A commercial, educational, and cultural center, the city was once the second-largest in the British Empire (after London), and the social and geographical center of the original 13 American colonies. During the 18th century, it eclipsed New York City in political and social importance, with Benjamin Franklin taking a large role in Philadelphia`s early rise to prominence. It was in this city that many of the ideas, and subsequent actions, gave birth to the American Revolution and American Independence, making Philadelphia a centerpiece of early American history. It was the most populous city of the young United States and served as the the nation`s first capital. We visited the city during the celebrations of Independence Day.

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115 photos from Zhengzhou
(Henan, China)

2016-07-04 - 2016-07-08

On this third trip to Zhengzhou, we visited Miaomiao`s uncle, aunt and grandparents, as well as some spots in the city center, such as the Henan Provincial Museum.

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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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127 photos from Yongding
(Fujian, China)

2014-01-14

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.

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53 photos from Siena
(Tuscany, Italy)

2006-03-25

Siena is a city in Tuscany, Italy. It is the capital of the province of Siena. The historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. It is best known for its Cathedral and its town square, the Piazza del Campo.

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316 photos from Sanya
(Hainan, China)

2016-07-18 - 2016-07-21

On this third trip to Sanya, we visited resorts in Sanya Bay and Haitang Bay.

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

2012-08-04 - 2012-08-05

On our third visit to Cologne, we visited the Cologne Cathedral, the Romano-Germanic Museum, the city center and the east bank of the Rhine river.

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627 photos from Istanbul
(Istanbul, Turkey)

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.

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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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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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321 photos from Sintra
(Lisbon, Portugal)

2014-04-25

Sintra is a town within the municipality of Sintra in the Grande Lisboa subregion of Portugal. Owing to its 19th-century Romantic architecture and landscapes, it has become a major tourist centre, visited by many day-trippers who travel from the urbanized suburbs and capital of Lisbon. In addition to the Sintra Mountains and Sintra-Cascais Nature Park, the parishes of the town of Sintra are dotted by royal retreats, estates, castles and buildings from the 8th-9th century, in addition to many buildings completed between the 15th and 19th century, including the Castelo dos Mouros, the Pena National Palace and the Sintra National Palace, resulting in its classification by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1995. Tim and Miaomiao visited the town, its palaces and the nearby Cabo da Roca cape in the spring of 2014 on a day trip from Lisbon.

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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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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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82 photos from Goa
(Goa, India)

2004-10-05 - 2004-10-09

Goa is India`s smallest state in terms of area, and is a former Portugese colony. Two of its most important cities, Panaji and Margao, were visited, as well as some of Goa`s many beaches.

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40 photos from Seljalandsfoss
(Southern Region, Iceland)

2018-07-08

Our second visit to the Seljalandsfoss waterfall in the summer of 2018.

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234 photos from London
(England, United Kingdom)

2018-09-10

Tim visited the London Eye and some other spots in the city center in the summer of 2018.

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197 photos from Antwerp
(Antwerp, Belgium)

2020-07-24

On this eleventh visit to Antwerp, we visited the Antwerp Zoo.

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

2005-11-26

Cologne is Germany`s fourth-largest city and is the largest city within the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Area, one of the major European metropolitan areas with more than ten million inhabitants. It is one of the oldest cities in Germany, having been founded by the Romans in the year 38 BC. Tim and Miaomiao visited the city`s christmas market in November 2005.

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23 photos from Foumban
(West, Cameroon)

2005-10-19 - 2005-10-20

Foumban or Fumban is a city in Cameroon, lying north east of Bafoussam. It has a population of 83,522. It is a major town for the Bamoun people and is home to a museum of traditional arts and culture. Foumban is known for its political significance in the formation of Cameroon's history and its cultural, tourism and economic potential. There is also a market and a craft centre, while Foumban Royal Palace contains a museum with information on Ibrahim Njoya who invented a new religion, Bamum script, and the artificial language Shümom.

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25 photos from Antwerp
(Antwerp, Belgium)

2015-05-30 - 2015-05-31

During our third trip to Antwerp, we visited the we visited the diamond neighbourhood, the area around the Antwerp Central Railway Station, and the Chinatown.

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