Welcome to our travel website! This site contains all our travel photos since nov. 2003 :: 247 series :: 40383 photos|
Number of countries: 34, number of U.S. states: 7, number of Chinese provinces: 13
Airport-only: Doha (Qatar), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Tallinn (Estonia), Guangzhou (Guangdong, China), Wuhan (Hubei, China)
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All photos shown are original and have not been altered except for some basic exposure and contrast corrections.
244 photos from Monaco
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.
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.
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.
249 photos from Valencia
2006-08-13 - 2006-08-22
Valencia is the capital of the Spanish autonomous community of Valencia and its province. It is the third largest city in Spain and the 21st largest in the European Union. We visited the Cathedral, the beach, the Plaça de l`Ajuntament, the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, and much more.
106 photos from Versailles
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.
265 photos from Avignon
2007-08-02 - 2007-08-06
Avignon is a commune in the Vaucluse département in southeastern France with a population of 90,000 in the city itself and a population of 290,000 in the metropolitan area. The city is well known for its Palais des Papes, where several popes and antipopes lived from the early 14th to early 15th centuries. We visited the Notre Dame des Doms, the Palais des Papes, the Pont d`Avignon, and much more in and around the city center.
81 photos from Kinderdijk
Kinderdijk is a village in the Netherlands, belonging to the municipality of Molenwaard, in the province South Holland, about 15 km east of Rotterdam. Kinderdijk is situated in a polder in the Alblasserwaard at the confluence of the Lek and Noord rivers. To drain the polder, a system of 19 windmills was built around 1740. This group of mills is the largest concentration of old windmills in the Netherlands. The windmills of Kinderdijk are one of the best-known Dutch tourist sites. They have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. We visited the site in the spring of 2014.
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.
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.
95 photos from Cologne
A second trip to the German city of Cologne, where we visited the Cologne Cathedral, the christmas markets and the shopping streets.
357 photos from Barcelona
2011-10-20 - 2011-10-23
After Miaomiao`s conference in Sant Feliu de Guíxols, we went together to Barcelona for the second time. We visited the Ramblas, La Pedreta, the Sagrada Familia, Park Güell and more, and went to the football match FC Barcelona - Sevilla FC at Camp Nou.
33 photos from Doesburg
Doesburg received city rights in 1237. Because of its strategic position along the Oude IJssel and Gelderse IJssel, Doesburg has been an important fortified city for a long time. The fortification of the city made Doesburg an important economic and administrative city. The Martinikerk, the main church in Doesburg is 94 meters tall. For many reasons, many of which have to do with the IJssel decreasing in depth, the prosperity in Doesburg settled after the 15th century. Doesburg changed into a sleepy provincial town and so it would remain until after the second world war. The city was protected in 1974, designated as a historic town. The historical inner city with several museums and many monuments draw thousands of tourists every year. Large tourist attractions are the Main court, the Doesburgse mustard factory and `De Waag`, which according to reports is the oldest public place in the Netherlands. Tim, Miaomiao and Max visited the city during the Christmas of 2015.
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.
113 photos from Agra
2004-10-12 - 2004-10-13
Agra, visited by Tim in October 2004, is a city on the banks of the Yamuna River in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India. It is the home of one of the modern World Wonders, the Taj Mahal. Other highlights (and UNESCO World Heritage Sites) include the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. In the nearby city of Sikandra, the Tomb of Akbar the Great was visited.
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.
73 photos from Arles
Arles is a city and commune in the south of France, in the Bouches-du-Rhône department, of which it is a subprefecture, in the former province of Provence. A large part of the Camargue is located on the territory of the commune, making it the largest commune in Metropolitan France in terms of territory. The city has a long history, and was of considerable importance in the Roman province of Gallia Narbonensis. The Roman and Romanesque Monuments of Arles were listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1981. The Dutch post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh lived in Arles in 1888–1889 and produced over 300 paintings and drawings during his time there. An international photography festival has been held in the city since 1970. Tim and Miaomiao visited Arles in the summer of 2014 on a day trip from Avignon.
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.
563 photos from Beijing
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.
122 photos from Ghent
2006-09-16 - 2006-09-17
Ghent is a city and a municipality located in the Flemish region, Belgium. It is the capital and biggest city of the East Flanders province. The city started as a settlement at the confluence of the Rivers Scheldt and Lys and became in the Middle Ages one of the largest and richest cities of northern Europe. Today it is a busy city with a port and a university.
756 photos from Syracuse
2014-05-10 - 2014-05-18
Syracuse is a historic city in Sicily, the capital of the province of Syracuse. The city is notable for its rich Greek history, culture, amphitheatres, architecture, and as the birthplace of the preeminent mathematician and engineer Archimedes. This 2,700-year-old city played a key role in ancient times, when it was one of the major powers of the Mediterranean world. Syracuse is located in the southeast corner of the island of Sicily, right by the Gulf of Syracuse next to the Ionian Sea. Described by Cicero as `the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all`, it equaled Athens in size during the fifth century BC with population estimates in the range from 200,000–800,000. It later became part of the Roman Republic and Byzantine Empire. In the modern day, the city is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site along with the Necropolis of Pantalica. Tim visited the city for a course on translational medicine in 2014.
195 photos from Aachen
2006-02-25 - 2006-02-27
Aachen is a historic spa city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is the westernmost city of Germany, located along its borders with Belgium and the Netherlands, 65 km west of Cologne. Miaomiao and Tim visited the city and the nearby three-country border during the carnaval of 2006.
37 photos from Den Bosch
A second visit to the city of Den Bosch, during Queen`s Day 2007. The festivities were in the city center and near Saint John`s Cathedral.
215 photos from Michaelmas Cay
Michaelmas Cay is a reef in Queensland, Australia, 1,409 km northwest of Brisbane and 33 km east of Cairns. It is part of Michaelmas Reef, which forms the north-eastern section of the Arlington reef complex, within the Great Barrier Reef. The vegetation on Michaelmas Cay is characteristic of cays found on the outer barrier reef. Low-growing, it consists of Beach Spinifex, Stalky Grass, Goatsfoot, Bulls-head Vine, Sea Purslane and Tar Vine. Nutrients fertilising the vegetation come from seabird droppings and carcasses. Michaelmas Cay is important as a breeding site for several species of terns. It has been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA) because it supports over 1% of the world populations of Greater and Lesser Crested Terns. Green Turtles sometimes nest on the cays. The surrounding reefs have a rich marine fauna, including Giant Clams. We snorkeled at Michaelmas Cay as part of a Great Barrier Reef tour in September 2014.
52 photos from Delft
Delft is a city and municipality in the province of South Holland (Zuid-Holland), the Netherlands. It is located in between Rotterdam and The Hague. Delft is primarily known for its typically Dutch town centre (with canals); also for the painter Vermeer, Delft Blue pottery (Delftware), the Delft University of Technology, and its association with the Royal Family. We visited the town center with the Nieuwe Kerk, when attending the BIOPOP event.
90 photos from Maastricht
During this third visit to Maastricht, Tim visited the Central Railway Station, the Markt square with the City Hall, the Basiliek van Onze Lieve Vrouwe church, the Bisschopsmolen water mill, the City Wall, the Helpoort gate and several other places in the city center.