Welcome to our travel website! This site contains all our travel photos since nov. 2003 :: 264 series :: 43909 photos|
Number of countries: 32, number of U.S. states: 7, number of Chinese provinces: 11
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920 photos from Rome
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.
117 photos from Barcelona
2006-08-17 - 2006-08-18
Barcelona is the capital and most populous city of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain, with a population of 1,615,908 in 2008, while the population of the Metropolitan Area was 3,161,081. We visited the Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, the Ramblas, and Camp Nou.
55 photos from Hveragerthi
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.
132 photos from Zhouzhuang
Zhouzhuang is a town in Jiangsu province, China. It is located within Kunshan county-level city, 30 km southeast of Suzhou. Zhouzhuang is a popular tourist destination. It is one of the most famous water townships in China, noted for its profound cultural background, the well preserved ancient residential houses, the elegant watery views and the strong local colored traditions and customs. It has been called the `Venice of the East`. We visited Zhouzhuang on a day trip from Shanghai.
25 photos from Arnhem
On this trip at the end of 2005, we visited Burgers` Zoo. Burgers` Zoo is a 45-hectare zoo in Arnhem, and is one of the biggest zoos in the country. Arnhem is a city that lies within the Veluwe, a nature park in the east of the Netherlands. The zoo is popular with both Dutch and German people, and receives about 1.5 million visitors annually.
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.
152 photos from Madrid
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.
18 photos from Breda
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.
32 photos from Vlissingen
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.
46 photos from Loudi
2009-09-09 - 2009-09-12
Loudi is a city located in central Hunan province, China. It is situated about 110km south west of the provincial capital of Changsha and is considered a small to medium size city within the province. The population of Loudi is just over 4 million while the city proper itself has a population of 1.3 million. We visited Miaomiao`s grandparents at the countryside near Loudi.
975 photos from Saint Petersburg
2013-06-20 - 2013-06-26
Saint Petersburg is a city in Russia located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. In 1914 the name of the city was changed to Petrograd, in 1924 to Leningrad, and in 1991, back to Saint Petersburg. Saint Petersburg was founded by the Tsar Peter the Great in 1703. From 1713 to 1728 and from 1732 to 1918, Saint Petersburg was the Imperial capital of Russia. In 1918 the central government bodies moved from Saint Petersburg (then named Petrograd) to Moscow. It is Russia`s second largest city after Moscow with 5 million inhabitants. Saint Petersburg is a major European cultural center, and also an important Russian port on the Baltic Sea. Saint Petersburg is often described as the most Western city of Russia, as well as its cultural capital. It is the northernmost city in the world to have a population of over one million. The Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Saint Petersburg is also home to The Hermitage, one of the largest art museums in the world. We visited Saint Petersburg during our Russia trip in the summer of 2013.
90 photos from Kutna Hora
A day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kutna Hora, with visits to the Bone Church, the town center and the Church of St. Barbara.
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.
91 photos from Den Bosch
During this Den Bosch trip we did a boat tour over the Binnendieze river, and visited the Saint John`s Cathedral and the Theater aan de Parade festival.
23 photos from Bafoussam
2005-10-19 - 2005-10-20
Bafoussam is the capital of the West Province of Cameroon, in the Bamboutos Mountains. It has an estimated 242,000 inhabitants. The city is the region`s center of trade.
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.
37 photos from Cascais
Cascais is a coastal town in Cascais Municipality in Portugal, 30 kilometres west of Lisbon, with about 35,000 residents. It is a cosmopolitan suburb of the Portuguese capital and one of the richest municipalities in Portugal. The former fishing village gained fame as a resort for Portugal`s royal family in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Nowadays, it is a popular vacation spot for both Portuguese and foreign tourists. It is located in the Estoril Coast (named after Estoril, a civil parish), in the Greater Lisbon subregion. Tim and Miaomiao visited Cascais and Estoril on a day trip from Lisbon to Sintra, in the spring of 2014.
115 photos from Kuta
2014-09-14 - 2014-09-15
Kuta is a town in southern Bali, Indonesia. A former fishing village, it was one of the first towns on Bali to see substantial tourist development, and as a beach resort remains one of Indonesia`s major tourist destinations. It is known internationally for its long sandy beach, varied accommodation, many restaurants and bars, and many renowned surfers who visit from Australia. It is located near Bali`s Ngurah Rai Airport. Tim visited the town and airport on a stopover on his way from Australia to the Netherlands.
294 photos from Nice
2016-03-25 - 2016-03-31
On this second trip to Nice, we visited the Promenade des Anglais, the Parc Phoenix, Vieux-Nice, the Colline du Château and other places in the city center.
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.
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.
21 photos from Skogafoss
Skógafoss is a waterfall situated on the Skógá River in the south of Iceland at the cliffs of the former coastline. After the coastline had receded seaward (it is now at a distance of about 5 kilometres from Skógar), the former sea cliffs remained, parallel to the coast over hundreds of kilometres, creating together with some mountains a clear border between the coastal lowlands and the Highlands of Iceland. The Skógafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in the country with a width of 25 metres and a drop of 60 m. Due to the amount of spray the waterfall consistently produces, a single or double rainbow is normally visible on sunny days. According to legend, the first Viking settler in the area, Ţrasi Ţórólfsson, buried a treasure in a cave behind the waterfall. At the eastern side of the waterfall, a hiking and trekking trail leads up to the pass Fimmvörđuháls between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. It goes down to Ţórsmörk on the other side and continues as the famous Laugavegur to Landmannalaugar. Tim and Miaomiao visited Skógafoss during their trip through Iceland in the winter of 2013.
717 photos from Brisbane
2014-08-30 - 2014-09-02
Brisbane is the capital and most populous city in the Australian state of Queensland, and the third most populous city in Australia. Brisbane`s metropolitan area has a population of 2.24 million, and the South East Queensland urban conurbation, centred on Brisbane, encompasses a population of more than 3 million. The Brisbane central business district stands on the original European settlement and is situated inside a bend of the Brisbane River, approximately 15 kilometres from its mouth at Moreton Bay. The metropolitan area extends in all directions along the floodplain of the Brisbane River valley between Moreton Bay and the Great Dividing Range. We visited the city and the nearby Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in September 2014.
512 photos from Xiamen
2013-12-26 - 2014-01-17
Xiamen (also known as Amoy) is a major city on the southeast (Taiwan Strait) coast of the People`s Republic of China. It is administered as a sub-provincial city of Fujian province with a population of 3.67 million. Its built up area is now bigger than the old urban island area and covers all six districts of Xiamen (Huli, Siming, Jimei, Tong`an, Haicang and recently Xiang`an). The Jinmen (Kinmen) Islands administered by the Republic of China (Taiwan) are less than 10 kilometres away. Xiamen and the surrounding southern Fujian countryside are the ancestral home to large communities of overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia. The city was a treaty port in the 19th century and one of the four original Special Economic Zones opened to foreign investment and trade when China began economic reforms in the early 1980s. It is endowed with educational and cultural institutions supported by the overseas Chinese diaspora. We visited Xiamen at the end of our China trip in 2014. Highlights included Gulangyu Island, Zhongshan Road and Nanputuo Temple.