Welcome to our travel website! This site contains all our travel photos since nov. 2003 :: 265 series :: 44085 photos|
Number of countries: 32, number of U.S. states: 7, number of Chinese provinces: 11
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125 photos from Bruges
On our second travel to Bruges, we visited the Church of Our Lady, the Markt square, the Burg square and several others places in the city center.
33 photos from Kleve
Kleve is a city in the north-west of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany, near the Dutch border and the River Rhine. Today it belongs to and is capital of the district of Kleve. Together with Tim`s parents, we visited the city center and the Castle Schwanenburg.
27 photos from Utrecht
Utrecht is the capital and most populous city of the Dutch province of Utrecht. It is located in the eastern end of the Randstad, and is the fourth largest city of the Netherlands, with a population of 300,030 in 2007. The smaller Utrecht agglomeration including adjacent suburbs and annexed towns is home to some 640,000 registered inhabitants, while the larger region contains up to 820,000 inhabitants. Utrecht`s ancient city-centre features many buildings and structures from its earliest origins onwards. It has been the religious centre of the Netherlands since the eighth century. We visited the Dom Church and some other buildings in the city center in the autumn of 2009.
115 photos from Changsha
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.
109 photos from Sault
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.
106 photos from Avignon
2014-08-16 - 2014-08-20
On a second trip to Avignon we visited the Luminessences light show at the Palais des Papes palace, the synagogue and several other places in the city center.
219 photos from San Francisco
2009-06-06 - 2009-06-13
San Francisco is the fourth most populous city in California and the 12th most populous city in the United States, with a 2008 estimated population of 808,976. It is the second most densely populated major city in the U.S. and is the financial, cultural, and transportation center of the larger San Francisco Bay Area, a region of more than seven million people. Miaomiao visited the city in the summer of 2009.
17 photos from Corinth
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.
42 photos from Jonquieres
2014-08-19 - 2014-08-20
Jonquičres is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d`Azur region in southeastern France. We visited the town and the Château de Beauregard castle in the summer of 2014 for a wedding.
26 photos from Maastricht
Maastricht is a city in the Southeast of the Netherlands. It is the capital city in the province of Limburg. Maastricht is located on both sides of the Meuse river, at the point where the Jeker River joins it. In history Maastricht developed from a Belgic settlement, that in the Gallic Wars was conquered by the Romans and thus became a Roman settlement, to a religious centre, a garrison city and an early industrial city. Nowadays, it is known as a city of especially culture and education. Maastricht`s rich history shows from the fact that in this town no less than 1677 national heritage sites (Rijksmonumenten) are located, which is the second highest amount in a Dutch town, after Amsterdam. Furthermore, it has become known, by way of the Maastricht Treaty, as the birthplace of the European Union, European citizenship, and the single European currency, the euro. The town is popular with tourists for shopping and recreation, and has a large growing international student population. Tim and Miaomiao visited the city briefly on their way to Luxembourg in June 2014.
239 photos from Luxembourg
2014-06-07 - 2014-06-09
The city of Luxembourg, also known as Luxembourg City, is a commune with city status, and the capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. It stands at the confluence of the Alzette and Pétrusse Rivers in southern Luxembourg. The city contains the Luxembourg Castle, established by the Franks in the Early Middle Ages, around which a settlement developed. Luxembourg City lies at the heart of Western Europe, situated 213 km by road from Brussels, 372 km from Paris and 209 km from Cologne. As of January 2014, the commune of Luxembourg City had a population of 107,247, which was more than three times the population of the country`s second most populous commune (Esch-sur-Alzette). The city`s metropolitan population, including that of surrounding communes of Hesperange, Sandweiler, Strassen, and Walferdange, was higher than 165,000. In 2011, Luxembourg was ranked as having the second highest GDP in the world, with a per capita GDP (PPP) of $80,119, with the city having developed into a banking and administrative centre. It is a seat of several institutions of the European Union. Tim and Miaomiao visited the city and some other places in the country on a long weekend trip in June 2014.
48 photos from Schengen
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.
84 photos from Keukenhof
Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe is situated near Lisse, Netherlands, and is the world`s largest flower garden. There are approximately seven million flower bulbs planted annually at the park. We visited the park with Chinese friends in April 2007.
76 photos from Florence
2006-03-23 - 2006-03-25
Florence is the capital and most populous city of the Italian region of Tuscany. The city lies on the Arno River and is known for its history and its importance in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance, especially for its art and architecture. A centre of medieval European trade and finance, the city is often considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. From 1865 to 1870 the city was also the capital of the Kingdom of Italy. Miaomiao visited Florence in March 2006.
70 photos from Shilin
Shilin (literally `Stone Forest`) is a notable set of karst formations in Shilin Yi Autonomous County, in the Yunnan province of southwest China, approximately 85 km from the city of Kunming. The tall rocks seem to emanate from the ground in the manner of stalagmites, with many looking like trees made of stone, creating the illusion of a forest made of stone. We visited the city in September 2009.
118 photos from Port Campbell
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. The town is on the Great Ocean Road, west of the Twelve Apostles, in the Shire of Corangamite. At the 2011 census, Port Campbell had a population of 618. Port Campbell is now a popular tourist destination for visiting the Twelve Apostles, located 12 kilometres to the west of the town and the Port Campbell National Park, as well as maintaining a small crayfishing community. We visited the Gibson Steps, the Twelve Apostles and the Loch Ard Gorge at Port Campbell National Park during our day trip to the Great Ocean Road.
98 photos from Hong Kong
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.
218 photos from Valkenburg
2016-12-23 - 2016-12-24
Valkenburg is a town situated in the southeastern Dutch province of Limburg. Sieges and conquests have been the recurrent theme in the history of Valkenburg, especially in connection with Valkenburg castle, seat of the counts of Valkenburg. It was here that Beatrice of Falkenburg grew up, who in 1269 married 60-year-old Richard of Cornwall, king of the Holy Roman Empire. In December 1672 the castle was once again destroyed by Dutch troops led by William III, trying to prevent the armies of Louis XIV of France from capturing it, this time not to be rebuilt. Valkenburg is no longer a fortified town but it has largely retained its historical charm, although the town suffered heavily from mass tourism in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. The municipality still hosts more than 1 million overnight stays a year. The present aim of the council of Valkenburg is to move away from mass tourism and emphasize the natural and historical beauty of the town. Included in the plan were the rebuilding of Geulpoort, the restoration of two other surviving city gates, and the reconstruction of the defensive moat along the Medieval wall in Halderpark.
40 photos from Bruhl
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.
79 photos from Haikou
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.
126 photos from Shanghai
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.
86 photos from Luoyang
Luoyang is a prefecture-level city in western Henan province, People`s Republic of China. We visited the famous Longmen caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Longmen Grottoes are one of the three most famous ancient sculptural sites in China. There are over 2100 niches, more than 100,000 statues, some 40 pagodas and 3600 tablets and steles in the caves of Guyang, Binyang and Lianhua.
16 photos from Nafplion
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.
99 photos from Douala
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.
102 photos from Floriade
Floriade is an international exhibition of flowers and gardening, held every 10 years in the Netherlands. We visited the Floriade 2012 near Venlo.