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Welcome to our travel website! This site contains all our travel photos since nov. 2003 :: 338 series :: 54109 photos

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

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58 photos from Breda
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2017-07-15

On this third trip to Breda, we visited the city center with the Stadspark Valkenberg, the Kasteelplein square and the Grote Markt square.

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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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231 photos from Gianyar
(Bali, Indonesia)

2017-05-23 - 2017-05-25

Gianyar is the capital of the Gianyar regency in the Indonesian province and island of Bali, Indonesia. We visited the Bali Safari & Marine Park in Gianyar on a day trip from Nusa Dua in the spring of 2017.

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515 photos from London
(England, United Kingdom)

2009-06-12 - 2009-06-15

London is the capital of England and the United Kingdom. An important settlement for two millennia, London`s history goes back to its founding by the Romans. The city`s core, the ancient City of London, still retains its limited mediaeval boundaries; but since at least the nineteenth century, the name `London` has also referred to the whole metropolis that has developed around it. London contains four World Heritage Sites: the Tower of London; the historic settlement of Greenwich; the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; and the site comprising the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey and St. Margaret`s Church. Tim went to London in June 2009, and visited St. Paul`s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, the Big Ben, the Tower, the Tower Bridge, the Millennium Bridge, the British Museum, the Natural History Museum, Picadilly Circus, and much more.

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

2016-11-12

We visited the light show `Bosch by Night` at the Markt square.

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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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193 photos from Efteling
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2018-06-16

Our twentieth trip to the Efteling in the spring of 2018.

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920 photos from Rome
(Lazio, Italy)

2007-12-24 - 2008-01-02

Rome is the capital city of Italy and Lazio, and is Italy`s largest and most populous city, with 2.7 million residents, an urban area of 3.45 million as well as a metropolitan area of 4 million inhabitants. It is located in the central-western portion of the Italian peninsula, on the Tiber river. Rome`s history as a city spans over two and a half thousand years, as one of the founding cities of Western Civilization. Even outside of the history of the Roman Empire, Rome has a significant place in the story of Christianity up to the present day, for it endures as the home of the papacy. The worldwide Roman Catholic Church is administered from the Vatican City. Today, Rome is a modern, cosmopolitan city, and the third most-visited tourist destination in the European Union. We spend nine days in Rome, and visited Vatican City (including St. Peter`s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums), the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, Circus Maximus, Castel Sant`Angelo, Pyramid of Cestius, Bocca della Verita , Piazza Navona, Piazza di Spagna, Fontana di Trevi, and more.

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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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60 photos from Glasgow
(Scotland, United Kingdom)

2004-07-31 - 2004-08-04

Tim visited Glasgow for the ISMB/ECCB Conference of 2004. Glasgow is the largest city of Scotland and the third most populous city in the United Kingdom.

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91 photos from Mycenae
(Peloponnese, Greece)

2009-03-10

Mycenae is an archaeological site in Greece, located about 90 km south-west of Athens, in the north-eastern Peloponnese. Argos is 6 km to the south; Corinth, 48 km to the north. From the hill on which the palace was located one can see across the Argolid to the Saronic Gulf. In the second millennium BC Mycenae was one of the major centres of Greek civilization, a military stronghold which dominated much of southern Greece. The period of Greek history from about 1600 BC to about 1100 BC is called Mycenaean in reference to Mycenae. In March 2009, Miaomiao and Tim visited the ancient citadel of Mycenae and the nearby tomb of Clytemnestra as part of a day trip from Athens to the Argolis region of Greece.

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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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299 photos from Disneyland
(Île-de-France, France)

2010-08-03 - 2010-08-05

Disneyland Paris is a holiday and recreation resort in Marne-la-Vallée, a new town in the eastern suburbs of Paris, France. The complex is located 32 km from the centre of Paris and lies for the most part within the commune of Chessy, Seine-et-Marne. Disneyland Paris comprises two theme parks, a retail, dining and entertainment district, and seven Disney-owned hotels. Operating since 12 April 1992, it was the second Disney resort to open outside the United States (following Tokyo Disney Resort) and the first to be owned and operated by Disney. With 15,405,000 combined visitors to the resort`s Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park in the fiscal year of 2009, it is France`s and Europe`s most visited Tourist site. We visited both parks on two daytrips from Paris in the summer of 2010.

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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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601 photos from Sydney
(New South Wales, Australia)

2014-09-06 - 2014-09-10

Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia and Oceania. It is located on Australia`s south-east coast along the Tasman Sea and surrounding one of the world`s largest natural harbours. Residents are together known as `Sydneysiders` and constitute one of the most multicultural cities in the world. The area around Sydney has been inhabited by Australian Aboriginal people for tens of millennia. The first British settlers arrived in 1788 and founded modern Sydney as at first a penal colony. Successive colonial Governors assisted to transform the settlement into a thriving and independent metropolis. The population of Sydney at the time of the 2011 census was 4.39 million, of which 1.5 million were born overseas. Sydney`s natural features include Sydney Harbour, the Royal National Park, Bondi Beach, and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Tourists also visit the city to experience its outstanding examples of period architecture and attend its man-made institutions such as the Sydney Opera House, numerous museums, and leading universities. We visited Sydney in September 2014.

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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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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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17 photos from Corinth
(Peloponnese, Greece)

2009-03-10

Corinth is a city in Greece. In antiquity it was a city-state, on the Isthmus of Corinth, the narrow stretch of land that joins the Peloponnesus to the mainland of Greece. To the west of the isthmus lies the Gulf of Corinth, to the east lies the Saronic Gulf. Corinth is about 78 kilometres southwest of Athens. The isthmus, which was in ancient times traversed by hauling ships over the rocky ridge on sledges, is now cut by a canal. Corinth is now the capital of the prefecture of Corinthia. The city is surrounded by the coastal townlets of (clockwise) Lechaio, Isthmia, Kechries, and the inland townlets of Examilia and the archaeological site. Geophysically the city is likewise surrounded by the narrow coastal plain of Vocha, Corinthian Gulf, Corinth Canal, Saronic Gulf, Oneia mountains, and the monolithic rock of Acrocorinth where the medieval acropolis was built. Miaomiao and Tim visited the Corinth canal and saw the Acrocorinth during a day trip from Athens to the Argolis region of Greece, in March 2009.

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75 photos from Kaifeng
(Henan, China)

2007-10-29

Kaifeng, formerly known as Bianliang, Bianjing, Daliang, or simply Liang, is a prefecture-level city in eastern Henan province, People`s Republic of China. Kaifeng is one of the Seven Ancient Capitals of China. We visited the Qingming Shanghe Park, Youguo Temple and the Iron Pagoda.

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152 photos from Madrid
(Madrid, Spain)

2005-09-27 - 2005-10-02

Tim travelled to Madrid for the ECCB 2005 conference. He visited the Plaza Mayor, Royal Palace, Parque del Buen Retiro, Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, and more.

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54 photos from Amsterdam
(North-Holland, Netherlands)

2009-04-08

On a third sightseeing tour through Amsterdam, we visited the Rijksmuseum, the Dam and the Nieuwe Kerk.

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563 photos from Beijing
(Beijing, China)

2007-11-06 - 2007-11-11

Beijing is a metropolis in northern China and the capital of the People`s Republic of China. Beijing is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China. Beijing is China`s second largest city, after Shanghai. Beijing is recognised as the political, educational, and cultural center of the People`s Republic of China, while Shanghai and Hong Kong predominate in economic fields. The city hosted the 2008 Olympic Games. We paid a visit to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Old Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, and much more.

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130 photos from Zhengzhou
(Henan, China)

2012-01-31 - 2012-02-02

On our second trip to Zhengzhou, we visited the Henan Provincial Museum and the Zhengdong New Area.

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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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160 photos from Rhenen
(Utrecht, Netherlands)

2017-09-01

Rhenen is a municipality and a town in the central Netherlands. The municipality also includes the villages of Achterberg, Remmerden, Elst and Laareind. The town lies at a geographically interesting location, namely on the southernmost part of the chain of hills known as the Utrecht Hill Ridge, where this meets the river Rhine. Because of this Rhenen has a unique character with quite some elevation through town. Directly to the east of the built-up area lies the Grebbeberg, a hill with a top elevation of about 50 metres. We visited the Ouwehands Dierenpark, a zoo founded in 1932.

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98 photos from Hong Kong
(Hong Kong, China)

2012-01-15 - 2012-02-06

We visited Hong Kong briefly for a third time, on our way to/from Haikou. We went to the Elements shopping mall in Kowloon, had dinner at the Lin Heung Tea House, and watched the `A Symphony of Lights` multimedia show from the roof of the IFC Mall.

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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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48 photos from Schengen
(Grevenmacher, Luxembourg)

2014-06-09

Schengen is a small wine-making village and commune in far south-eastern Luxembourg, near the tripoint where the borders of Germany, France, and Luxembourg meet. As of 2005, the commune has a population of 1527 with an area of 10.63 square kilometres. In 1985, the Schengen Agreementw, which led to the creation of Europe`s borderless Schengen Area in 1995, was signed here. Tim and Miaomiao visited the town in June 2014, and followed the Route du Vin from Schengen to the north side of the country.

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