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Welcome to our travel website! This site contains all our travel photos since nov. 2003 :: 314 series :: 51275 photos

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

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18 photos from Breda
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2006-12-28

Breda is a municipality and a city in the southern part of the Netherlands. The name Breda derived from `brede Aa` and refers to the place where the rivers Mark and Aa come together. Breda`s urban area is home to an estimated 200,000 people. Breda was a fortified city of strategic significance in the Netherlands. We visited the Grote Markt, the city`s main square, and the Church of our Lady.

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197 photos from Granada
(Andalusia, Spain)

2010-12-29

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.

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393 photos from Qingdao
(Shandong, China)

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.

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106 photos from Versailles
(Île-de-France, France)

2010-08-07

The Palace of Versailles, or simply Versailles, is a royal château in Versailles, the Île-de-France region of France. In French, it is known as the Château de Versailles. When the château was built, Versailles was a country village; today, however, it is a suburb of Paris, some twenty kilometres southwest of the French capital. The court of Versailles was the centre of political power in France from 1682, when Louis XIV moved from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in October 1789 after the beginning of the French Revolution. Versailles is therefore famous not only as a building, but as a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy of the Ancien Régime. One of the largest, it is also considered one of the most beautiful palaces in the world. We visited Versailles on a day trip from Paris in the summer of 2010.

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138 photos from Marseille
(Provence-Alpes-Côte d`Azur, France)

2014-08-16 - 2014-08-20

On our second visit to Marseille, we visited the Old Port, the Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica and the La Canebičre shopping street.

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188 photos from Grenoble
(Rhône-Alpes, France)

2010-10-22 - 2010-10-25

Grenoble is a city in southeastern France, situated at the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isčre. Located in the Rhône-Alpes region, Grenoble is the capital of the department of Isčre. The proximity of the mountains has led to the city being known as the `Capital of Alps`. We visited the city and the nearby town of Vizille in October 2010.

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36 photos from Jimbaran
(Bali, Indonesia)

2017-05-19 - 2017-05-26

Jimbaran is a fishing village and tourist resort in Bali, Indonesia. Located south of Ngurah Rai International Airport, the beach has seafood restaurants and luxury hotels. Tourism in Jimbaran has increased rapidly so that it has boosted the local economy, but was devastated by the 2005 Bali bombings when suicide bombers struck at two popular warungs (restaurants) along the beach. However, the tourism industry has recovered. Diners select the live seafood that they wish to eat, and it is immediately prepared, generally grilled over a fire of coconut husks rather than charcoal. It is administered under Kuta South District along with Nusa Dua peninsula. Jimbaran lies on the `neck` of the southern peninsula in Bali. We visited two restaurants and the beach in Jimbaran, and drove by Udayana University.

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314 photos from Washington
(Washington D.C., USA)

2008-06-28 - 2008-07-02

Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States, founded on July 16, 1790. The city is located on the north bank of the Potomac River and is bordered by the states of Virginia to the southwest and Maryland to the other sides. The District has a resident population of 588,292; however, due to commuters from the surrounding suburbs, its population rises to over one million during the workweek. The Washington Metropolitan Area, of which the District is a part, has a population of 5.3 million, the eighth-largest metropolitan area in the country. We visited the U.S. Capitol, the White House, the Washington Monument, The Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool, the Natural Museum of Natural History, the National Aquarium, and much more.

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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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21 photos from Wéris
(Luxembourg, Belgium)

2017-10-14

Wéris is a village in the municipality of Durbuy in Wallonia, Belgium. Till 1977 Wéris was a municipality. The village is a member of the organisation Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie. It is well known for its megaliths, including dolmens and menhirs. There is a `Museum of Megaliths` in the centre of the village. There is a three-mile alignment of standing stones and chambered tombs that include the Dolmen de Wéris and the Dolmen d'Oppagne, as well as the Menhir Danthine, the three Menhirs d`Oppagne, and the Tour Menhir (destroyed). Other megaliths in the area include La Pierre Haina, the Lit du Diable (Devil`s bed) and the Pas de Bayard capstone. We visited the Dolmen de Wéris.

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16 photos from Nafplion
(Peloponnese, Greece)

2009-03-10

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.

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109 photos from Utrecht
(Utrecht, Netherlands)

2017-11-24

On this fourth trip to Utrecht, we visited the Railway Museum. It was established in 1927 and since 1954 has been housed in the `Maliebaan station`, a former railway station.

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244 photos from Monaco
(Monaco, Monaco)

2010-10-21

Monaco/Monte Carlo, officially the Principality of Monaco, is a small sovereign city-state located in South Western Europe on the northern central coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It is surrounded on three sides by its neighbour, France, and its centre is about 16 km from Italy. Its area is 2.02 km2 with an estimated population of almost 33,000. Monaco is the name of the country and its capital (and only) city. It is famous as a tax haven, and wealthy foreigners make up the majority of the population at approximately 84%. Monaco is a constitutional monarchy and principality, with Prince Albert II as the head of state. The House of Grimaldi has ruled Monaco since 1297, and the state's sovereignty was officially recognized by the Franco-Monegasque Treaty of 1861. Despite Monaco being independent, its national defense is the responsibility of France. Tim and Miaomiao visited the country on a daytrip from Nice in the autumn of 2010.

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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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76 photos from Kennett River
(Victoria, Australia)

2014-09-12

Kennett River is a small seaside town in Victoria, Australia. Situated 174 kilometres west of Melbourne, on the Otway Coast part of the scenic Great Ocean Road, Kennett River is a popular tourist destination 27 kilometres from the resort town of Lorne, Victoria. The area is known for scenic coastal views, the Great Otway National Park, and surfing. Kennett River is also one of the best places in Australia to see koalas in the wild. Turn into Grey River Road, off the Great Ocean Road, and along the first two kilometres of the road you will be unlucky not to spot koalas in the eucalypts. We visited the Kennett River Holiday Park to see koalas and birds, as well as the nearby Cape Patton Lookout and the town of Apollo Bay, on our day trip on the Great Ocean Road.

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237 photos from Antwerp
(Antwerp, Belgium)

2017-12-02

Another visit to the Antwerp Zoo, during the China Light festival.

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92 photos from Efteling
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2016-08-06

On this third trip to the Efteling, we visited the Sprookjesbos and some other parts of this theme park.

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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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115 photos from Changsha
(Hunan, China)

2009-09-12 - 2009-09-14

Changsha is the capital city of Hunan, a province of south-central China, located on the lower reaches of Xiang river, a branch of the Yangtze River. It had a population of 6,017,600 in 2003. Changsha was important from the time of the Qin dynasty (221–207 BC). In AD 750–1100 Changsha was an important commercial city, and its population increased greatly. Under the Qing dynasty, from 1664, it was the capital of Hunan province, and it was a major rice market. It was besieged during the Taiping Rebellion but never fell. Changsha was the site of Mao Zedong`s conversion to communism. It was the scene of major battles in the Sino-Japanese War of 1937–45 and was briefly occupied by the Japanese. Rebuilt since 1949, the city is now a major port and a commercial and industrial center. We visited the city center, Tianxin pavilion, Hunan Provincial Museum, Yuelu Academy and Juzi Island.

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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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154 photos from Antwerp
(Antwerp, Belgium)

2016-05-08

In the spring of 2016, we visited the Antwerp Zoo and Chinatown.

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126 photos from Shanghai
(Shanghai, China)

2007-10-25 - 2007-10-28

Shanghai is the largest city in China in terms of population and one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, with over 20 million people. Located on China`s central eastern coast near the mouth of the Yangtze River, the city is administered as a municipality with province-level status. We visited the Bund, Pudong, Oriental Pearl Tower, Nanjing Road, and the Old Town with the Huxington Tea House and the Temple of the Town God.

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221 photos from Nijmegen
(Gelderland, Netherlands)

2007-08-26

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.

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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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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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47 photos from Buea
(Southwest, Cameroon)

2005-10-25 - 2005-10-28

Buea is the capital of the Southwest Province of Cameroon. The town is located on the eastern slopes of Mount Cameroon and has a population of 57,000. Buea was the colonial capital of the German Kamerun from 1901 to 1919 and the capital of the Southern Cameroons from 1949 until 1961.

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207 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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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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