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Welcome to our travel website! This site contains all our travel photos since nov. 2003 :: 405 series :: 62263 photos

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

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109 photos from Sault
(Provence-Alpes-Côte d`Azur, France)

2014-08-18

Sault is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d`Azur region in southeastern France. We visited Sault and its surrounding lavender fields in the summer of 2014.

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41 photos from Petite-Somme
(Luxembourg, Belgium)

2017-10-15

Petite-Somme is a village in the Belgian province of Luxembourg. It is located in Septon, a borough of Durbuy. Along Petite-Somme, the Somme river flows. We visited the Castle of Petite-Somme (Radhadesh), which nowadays houses an ISKCON community.

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20 photos from Bologna
(Emilia-Romagna, Italy)

2006-03-18

Bologna is the capital city of Emilia-Romagna in northern Italy, in the Po Valley, between the Po River and the Apennines, exactly between the Reno River and the Sŕvena River. Home of the oldest university in the Western world, "Alma Mater Studiorum", founded in 1088, Bologna is one of the most developed cities in Italy. It has 370.000 inhabitants. Miaomiao visited the city center in March 2006.

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79 photos from Haikou
(Hainan, China)

2007-10-22 - 2007-11-16

A second visit to the city of Miaomiao`s parents and sister. We visited some spots in the city center, and had a traditional Chinese Cupping massage.

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95 photos from Beraban
(Bali, Indonesia)

2017-05-26

Beraban is a town on the regency Tabanan in the Indonesian province of Bali. The town has 6491 inhabitants (2010). Its main attraction is the Pura Tanah Lot temple. Tanah Lot means `Land in the Sea` in the Balinese language. The temple sits on a large offshore rock which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide. Tanah Lot is claimed to be the work of the 16th-century Dang Hyang Nirartha. The main deity of the temple is Dewa Baruna or Bhatara Segara, who is the sea god or sea power and these days, Nirartha is also worshipped here. The Tanah Lot temple was built and has been a part of Balinese mythology for centuries. In addition to Balinese mythology, the temple was significantly influenced by Hinduism. We visited the Pura Tanah Lot temple and the nearby Pura Batu Bolong temple in the spring of 2017.

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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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129 photos from Delphi
(Central Greece, Greece)

2009-03-09

Delphi is an archaeological site and a modern town in Greece on the south-western spur of Mount Parnassus in the valley of Phocis. Delphi was the site of the Delphic oracle, the most important oracle in the classical Greek world, when it was a major site for the worship of the god Apollo after he slew the Python, a deity who lived there and protected the navel of the Earth. His sacred precinct in Delphi was a panhellenic sanctuary, where every four years athletes from all over the Greek world competed in the Pythian Games, one of the four panhellenic (or stephanitic) games, precursors to the Modern Olympics. Delphi was revered throughout the Greek world as the site of the omphalos stone, the centre of the earth and the universe. In the inner hestia (`hearth`) of the Temple of Apollo, an eternal flame burned. After the battle of Plataea, the Greek cities extinguished their fires and brought new fire from the hearth of Greece, at Delphi; in the foundation stories of several Greek colonies, the founding colonists were first dedicated at Delphi. Tim and Miaomiao visited the ancient site of Delphi and the nearby town of Arachova as a day trip from Athens in March 2009.

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47 photos from Tilburg
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2019-01-12

Another visit to the Natuurmuseum Brabant in the winter of 2019.

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53 photos from Brussels
(Brussels, Belgium)

2007-04-06

Brussels is the capital of Belgium. It has grown from a 10th-century fortress town founded by Charlemagne`s grandson into a metropolis of more than one million inhabitants. The metropolitan area, including the outer commuter zone, covers a total area of 4,127 km2, covering the Capital-Region and 103 surrounding municipalities, and has a population of almost 2.7 million. We visited the Grand Place, the Town Hall, and Manneken Pis.

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80 photos from Efteling
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2017-03-16

A fifth visit to the Efteling, in the spring of 2017.

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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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27 photos from Shaoshan
(Hunan, China)

2009-09-11

Shaoshan is a county-level city in Xiangtan, Hunan Province. It is most popularly known as the birthplace of Mao Zedong, the founder of the People`s Republic of China. We visited Mao`s former residence and other sites related to Mao Zedong.

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674 photos from Venice
(Veneto, Italy)

2012-05-17 - 2012-05-22

Venice is a city in northeast Italy sited on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. It is located in the marshy Venetian Lagoon which stretches along the shoreline between the mouths of the Po and the Piave Rivers. Venice is renowned for the beauty of its setting, its architecture and its artworks. The city in its entirety is listed as World Heritage Site, along with its lagoon. The name is derived from the ancient Veneti people who inhabited the region by the 10th century B.C.. The city historically was the capital of the Venetian Republic. Venice has been known as the `La Dominante`, `Serenissima`, `Queen of the Adriatic`, `City of Water`, `City of Masks`, `City of Bridges`, `The Floating City`, and `City of Canals`. Luigi Barzini described it in The New York Times as `undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man`. We visited Venice in the spring of 2012.

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113 photos from Agra
(Uttar Pradesh, India)

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.

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47 photos from Tilburg
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2018-04-01

Another visit to the Natuurmuseum Brabant in Tilburg.

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53 photos from Songshan
(Henan, China)

2007-10-31

Mount Song, known in Chinese as Song Shan, is one of the Taoist Five Sacred Mountains and is located in Henan province on the south bank of the Yellow River in China. Its summit is 1,500 meters above sea level. It is home to the Shaolin Temple, the birthplace of Zen Buddhism. The Zhongyue Temple is also located here, one of the earliest Taoist temples in the country. The Songyang Academy nearby was one of the four great academies of ancient China.

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168 photos from Efteling
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2017-09-16

On our ninth trip to the Efteling, we visited the Fairytale forest, the Efteling Museum, the Volk van Laaf, the Carnival Festival, the Raveleijn theatre, and more.

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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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239 photos from Cairns
(Queensland, Australia)

2014-09-02 - 2014-09-06

Cairns is a regional city in the far north of Queensland, Australia, founded 1876. The city was named after William Wellington Cairns, then-current Governor of Queensland. It was formed to serve miners heading for the Hodgkinson River goldfield, but experienced a decline when an easier route was discovered from Port Douglas. It later developed into a railhead and major port for exporting sugar cane, gold and other metals, minerals and agricultural products from surrounding coastal areas and the Atherton Tableland region. As of June 2012, the population is approximately 142,528. Cairns is located about 1,700 km from Brisbane. It is a popular travel destination for foreign tourists because of its tropical climate. It serves as a starting point for people wanting to visit the Great Barrier Reef and Far North Queensland. We visited Cairns in September 2014.

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99 photos from Douala
(Littoral, Cameroon)

2005-10-15 - 2005-10-30

Douala is the largest city in Cameroon (with more than 2 million citizens) and the capital of Cameroon`s Littoral Province. Home to Cameroon`s largest port and its major international airport, Douala Airport, it is the commercial capital of the country. Tim started his Cameroon trip here in the autumn of 2005.

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53 photos from Rotterdam
(South-Holland, Netherlands)

2015-03-14

Rotterdam is a city in South Holland, the Netherlands, located geographically within the Rhine–Meuse–Scheldt river delta at the North Sea. Its history goes back to 1270 when a dam was constructed in the Rotte river and people settled around it for safety. In 1340 Rotterdam was granted city rights by the Count of Holland and slowly grew into a major logistic and economic centre. Nowadays it is home to Europe`s largest port and has a population of 625,000, ranking second in the Netherlands. The city is known for the Erasmus university, striking riverside setting, lively cultural life and its maritime heritage. The near-complete destruction of Rotterdam`s city centre during WW2 has resulted in a varied architectural landscape including sky-scrapers, which are an uncommon sight in other Dutch cities. Rotterdam is home to some world-famous architecture from renowned architects like Rem Koolhaas, Piet Blom, Ben van Berkel and others. In March 2015, we visited Rotterdam`s Markthal building and the city center with the Central Railway Station and the Lijnbaan shopping street.

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20 photos from Amsterdam
(North-Holland, Netherlands)

2006-04-17

Amsterdam is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands, located in the province of North Holland in the west of the country. The city, which had a population of 747,290 on 1 January 2008, comprises the northern part of the Randstad, the 6th-largest metropolitan area in Europe, with a population of around 6.7 million. We did a short sightseeing tour in April 2006.

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189 photos from Xi`an
(Shaanxi, China)

2007-11-01 - 2007-11-04

Xi`an is the capital of the Shaanxi province in the People`s Republic of China and a sub-provincial city. As one of the oldest cities in Chinese history, Xi`an is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China because it has been the capital (under various names) of some of the most important dynasties in Chinese history. Xi`an is the eastern terminus of the Silk Road and known as the site of the Terracotta Army, made during the Qin Dynasty. The city has more than 3,100 years of history, and was known as Chang`an before the Ming Dynasty. We visited the Huaqing Hot Spring, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Terracotta Army (inside the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum), the Drum and Bell Towers, The City Walls, the Muslim Quarter (with the Great Mosque), and more.

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

2013-11-21 - 2013-11-22

Tim visited The Hague because of the conference `HandsOn: Biobanks 2013`. Next to the conference site, the World Forum, he visited Madurodam (where the conference dinner was held), the Peace Palace, the Binnenhof and the Buitenhof.

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44 photos from Wageningen
(Gelderland, Netherlands)

2018-09-05

A third trip to Wageningen in the summer of 2018.

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418 photos from Puerto de la Cruz
(Tenerife, Spain)

2018-12-31

Puerto de la Cruz is a city and municipality in the northern part of the island of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. It was formerly known by its English translation, `Port of the Cross`, although now it is known in all languages by its Spanish name. It is located on the north coast, 4 km northwest of La Orotava, and 30 km west of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The TF-5 motorway passes through the municipality. In Spanish the inhabitants are known as Portuenses. With an area of 8.73 km2, the municipality is the smallest in Tenerife. The population is 29,000. The highest point is Las Arenas, a volcanic cone with an elevation of 249 m. The city is home to the Loro Parque (Spanish for `parrot park`), a 13.5-hectare zoo. Loro Parque houses an extensive and diverse reserve of animal and plant species. The park was conceived as a paradise for parrots and has developed over the years into one of the biggest attractions of the Canary Islands, with over 40 million visitors. The park keeps orcas, which has attracted criticism from some organisations. We visited Loro Parque and the city center on a day trip from Costa Adeje on the last day of 2018.

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206 photos from Efteling
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2018-08-12

Another trip to the Efteling in the summer of 2018.

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159 photos from Rotterdam
(South-Holland, Netherlands)

2018-06-24

On this sixth visit to Rotterdam, we visited Miniworld Rotterdam, the Natural History Museum Rotterdam and the Markthal.

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