Welcome to our travel website! This site contains all our travel photos since nov. 2003 :: 259 series :: 42617 photos|
Number of countries: 32, number of U.S. states: 7, number of Chinese provinces: 11
All photos have copyright © Tim Hulsen and Miaomiao Zhou. All images on this site are 1024x768 or 1024x683 pixels; larger images (mostly 2816x2112, 4000x3000, 4896x3672 or 5184x3456) can be obtained on demand.
All photos shown are original and have not been altered except for some basic exposure and contrast corrections.
299 photos from Disneyland
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.
882 photos from Lisbon
2014-04-20 - 2014-04-26
Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal with a population of over 3 million in its urban area, making it the 11th most populous urban area in the European Union. Lisbon is the westernmost large city located in Europe, as well as its westernmost capital city and the only one along the Atlantic coast. It lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the River Tagus. Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, and the oldest city in Western Europe, predating other modern European capitals such as London, Paris and Rome by hundreds of years. Julius Caesar made it a municipium called Felicitas Julia, adding to the name Olissipo. Ruled by a series of Germanic tribes from the 5th century, it was captured by the Moors in the 8th century. In 1147, the Crusaders under Afonso Henriques reconquered the city and since then it has been a major political, economic and cultural centre of Portugal. Lisbon has two sites listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site: Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery. Furthermore, in 1994, Lisbon was the European Capital of Culture and in 1998 organised the Expo `98. Tim and Miaomiao visited the city in the spring of 2014.
364 photos from Reykjavik
2013-02-26 - 2013-03-05
Reykjavík is the capital and largest city in Iceland. Its latitude, at 64°08` N, makes it the world`s northernmost capital of a sovereign state. It is located in southwestern Iceland, on the southern shore of Faxaflói Bay. With a population of around 120,000 (and over 200,000 in the Greater Reykjavík Area), it is the heart of Iceland`s economic and governmental activity. Reykjavík is believed to be the location of the first permanent settlement in Iceland, which Ingólfur Arnarson is said to have established around 870 C.E. Until the 18th century, there was no urban development in the city location. The city was founded in 1786 as an official trading town and grew steadily over the next decades, as it transformed into a regional and later national centre of commerce, population, and governmental activities. It is among the cleanest, best organized, and safest cities in the world. Tim and Miaomiao visited the city during their trip through Iceland in the winter of 2013.
67 photos from Wageningen
We visited Wageningen, the city in which the German General Johannes Blaskowitz surrendered to Canadian General Charles Foulkes at the end of the Second World War, for the second time during Liberation Day 2015.
523 photos from Budapest
2009-12-24 - 2009-12-31
Budapest is the capital of Hungary and serves as the country`s principal political, cultural, commercial, industrial, and transportation center. In 2009, Budapest had 1.7 million inhabitants, and its Commuter Area was home to 3.3 million people. Budapest became a single city occupying both banks of the river Danube with a unification in 1873 of west-bank Buda and Obuda with east-bank Pest. Regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, its extensive World Heritage Site includes the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrassy Avenue, Heroes` Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second oldest in the world. Other highlights include a total of 80 geothermal springs, the world`s largest thermal water cave system, second largest synagogue, and third largest Parliament building. Tim and Miaomiao visited the city during Christmas 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.
164 photos from Catania
2014-05-10 - 2014-05-18
Catania is an Italian city on the east coast of Sicily facing the Ionian Sea, between Messina and Syracuse. It is the capital of the Province of Catania, and is the second-largest city in Sicily and the tenth in Italy. Catania is known for its seismic history, having been destroyed by a catastrophic earthquake in 1169, another in 1693, and several volcanic eruptions from the neighboring Mount Etna volcano, the most violent of which was in 1669. Catania has had a long and eventful history, having been founded in the 8th century BC. In 1434 it witnessed the opening of the first university in Sicily. Then in the 14th century and into the Renaissance, Catania was one of Italy`s most important and flourishing cultural, artistic, and political centers. Tim visited the city on his way to and from Syracuse in May 2014.
126 photos from Sanya
2007-11-12 - 2007-11-14
Sanya is the southernmost city in Hainan province, China. It has an area of 1919.6 square km and a population of 536,000 (2006). After Haikou, it is the second most populous city of the island. Sanya is renowned for its tropical climate and is a popular tourist destination.
101 photos from Čze
Čze is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France, not far from the city of Nice. The area surrounding Čze was first populated around 2000 BC as a commune situated near Mount Bastide. The area was subsequently occupied by not only the Greeks and Romans but also the Moors who held the area for approximately 80 years until they were driven out by William of Provence in 973. By 1388 Čze fell under the jurisdiction of the House of Savoy, who built up the town as a fortified stronghold. In the next few centuries French and Turkish troops seized the village under orders from Hayreddin Barbarossa in 1543, and Louis XIV destroyed the walls surrounding the city in 1706 in the war of the Spanish succession. Finally in April 1860, Eze was designated as part of France by unanimous decision by the people of Eze. Čze has been described as an `eagle`s nest` because of its location overlooking a high cliff 427 metres above sea level on the French Mediterranean. We visited the town on a day trip from Nice in the spring of 2016.
221 photos from Nijmegen
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.
35 photos from Lorne
Lorne is a seaside town on Louttit Bay in Victoria, Australia. It is situated about the Erskine River and is a popular destination on the Great Ocean Road tourist route. Lorne is in the Surf Coast Shire and at the 2006 Census in Australia had a population of 967, but this figure grows during the holiday season. We visited Lorne, the nearby Memorial Arch at Eastern View and a viewing point at the Cumberland River Holiday Park during our day trip on the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne.
59 photos from Antwerp
On our second trip to Antwerp, we visited the diamond neighbourhood, the Antwerp Central Railway Station, the Chinatown and the Meir shopping street.
62 photos from Cologne
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.
515 photos from London
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.
63 photos from Geysir
Geysir, sometimes known as The Great Geysir, is a geyser in southwestern Iceland. It was the first geyser described in a printed source and the first known to modern Europeans. The English word geyser (a spouting hot spring) derives from Geysir. The name Geysir itself is derived from the Icelandic verb geysa, `to gush`, the verb from Old Norse. Geysir lies in the Haukadalur valley on the slopes of Laugarfjall hill, which is also the home to Strokkur geyser about 50 metres south. Eruptions at Geysir can hurl boiling water up to 70 metres in the air. However, eruptions may be infrequent, and have in the past stopped altogether for years at a time. Tim and Miaomiao visited the geyser site during their trip through Iceland in the winter of 2013.
292 photos from Hastings Reef
Hastings Reef is one of the outer reefs of the Great Barrier Reef. This is the second reef we snorkeled at as part of a Great Barrier Reef tour in September 2014.
72 photos from Qionghai
2016-07-17 - 2016-07-18
Qionghai is one of the seven county-level cities of Hainan province, China. Although called a `city`, Qionghai refers to a large land area in Hainan - an area which was once a county. Within this area is the main city, Qionghai City. It is located in the east of the island at the mouth of the Wanquan River, 86 kilometres from the provincial capital of Haikou. It has an area of 1,692 square kilometres and in 2010, it had a population of 483,217. We visited the city on our way from Haikou to Sanya.
104 photos from Dali
2009-09-05 - 2009-09-06
Dali City is a county-level city in Dali Prefecture, Yunnan province, China. Dali is the ancient capital of both the Bai kingdom Nanzhao, which flourished in the area during the 8th and 9th centuries, and the Kingdom of Dali, which reigned from 937-1253. Dali was also the center of the Panthay Rebellion from 1856-1863. The `new city` is known as Xiaguan and is south of the old city. The old city was built during Ming Dynasty emperor Hongwu`s reign (1368-1398). We visited both the new and the old city, as well as the Three Pagodas, the Chong Sheng Temple, Butterfly Spring Garden and Erhai Lake.
674 photos from Venice
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.
575 photos from Dublin
2013-05-11 - 2013-05-15
Dublin (Irish: Baile Átha Cliath, meaning `town of the hurdled ford`) is the capital and most populous city of Ireland. The English name for the city is derived from the Irish name Dubhlinn, meaning `black pool`. Dublin is situated in the province of Leinster near the midpoint of Ireland`s east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey and the centre of the Dublin Region. Originally founded as a Viking settlement, it evolved into the Kingdom of Dublin and became the island`s principal city following the Norman invasion. The city expanded rapidly from the 17th century; it was briefly the second largest city in the British Empire and the fifth largest in Europe. Dublin entered a period of stagnation following the Act of Union of 1800, but it remained the economic centre for most of the island. Following the partition of Ireland in 1922, the new parliament, the Oireachtas, was located in Leinster House. Dublin became the capital of the Irish Free State and later the Republic of Ireland. It is a historical and contemporary cultural centre for the country, as well as a modern centre of education, the arts, administration, economy, and industry. Tim visited the city for the eHealth Week 2013 conference.
47 photos from Buea
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.