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Number of countries: 32, number of U.S. states: 7, number of Chinese provinces: 12
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314 photos from Washington
2008-06-28 - 2008-07-02
Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States, founded on July 16, 1790. The city is located on the north bank of the Potomac River and is bordered by the states of Virginia to the southwest and Maryland to the other sides. The District has a resident population of 588,292; however, due to commuters from the surrounding suburbs, its population rises to over one million during the workweek. The Washington Metropolitan Area, of which the District is a part, has a population of 5.3 million, the eighth-largest metropolitan area in the country. We visited the U.S. Capitol, the White House, the Washington Monument, The Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool, the Natural Museum of Natural History, the National Aquarium, and much more.
46 photos from Grindavik
2013-02-27 - 2013-03-04
Grindavík is a fishing town at the peninsula of Reykjanes at the south-western coast of Iceland. It is one of the few cities with a harbour at this coast. Most of the 2,800 inhabitants work in the fishing industry. The Blue Lagoon, Grindavík`s premiere attraction, is located 4.8 km from the town centre. Tim and Miaomiao visited the Blue Lagoon twice during their trip through Iceland in the winter of 2013.
102 photos from Bruges
Bruges is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium. It is located in the northwest of the country. The historic city centre is a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO. It is egg-shaped and about 430 hectares in size. The city`s total population is 117,073. Along with a few other canal-based northern cities, it is sometimes referred to as `The Venice of the North`.
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.
123 photos from Valldemossa
Valldemossa is a village and municipality on the island of Majorca, part of the Spanish autonomous community of the Balearic Islands. It is famous for one landmark: the Royal Charterhouse of Valldemossa, built at the beginning of the 14th century, when the mystic and philosopher Ramon Llull lived in this area of Majorca. Since the 19th century Valldemossa has been promoted internationally as a place of outstanding beauty, largely as a result of the affection of distinguished traveller and cultural writer, the Austrian Archduke Ludwig Salvator. Valldemossa is a very attractive tourist destination, Some main attractions include the 13th century monastery, where the musician Frederic Chopin spent a winter (1838-39). The monastery was originally built as a royal palace, however in 1399 it was converted into a monastery. We visited Valldemossa during our Mallorca holidays in the autumn of 2019.
49 photos from Skogafoss
Our second visit to the Skogafoss waterfall in the summer of 2018, including a quick stop at the south side of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier.
96 photos from Pearcedale
Pearcedale is a town in Victoria, Australia, 50 km south-east of Melbourne`s central business district. Its local government area is the City of Casey. At the 2011 Census, Pearcedale had a population of 3,871. Local attractions include an angora goat stud and knitting mill, an iris nursery, and the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, which allows visitors to see endangered Australian animals. We visited the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park on our way from Melbourne to Phillip Island.
136 photos from Teide
Mount Teide is a volcano on Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Spain. Its 3,718-metre summit is the highest point in Spain and the highest point above sea level in the islands of the Atlantic. If measured from the ocean floor, it is at 7,500 m the highest volcano in the world base-to-peak outside of the Hawaiian Islands, and is described by UNESCO and NASA as Earth`s third-tallest volcanic structure. Teide`s elevation makes Tenerife the tenth highest island in the world. Teide is an active volcano: its most recent eruption occurred in 1909 from the El Chinyero vent on the northwestern Santiago rift. The volcano and its surroundings comprise Teide National Park, which has an area of 18,900 hectares and was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on June 28, 2007. Teide is the most visited natural wonder of Spain, the most visited national park in Spain. In 2016 it was visited by over 4 million visitors, reaching a historical record. We visited the Teide volcano on a day trip from Costa Adeje in January 2019.
66 photos from Cape Otway
Cape Otway is a cape and a bounded locality of the Colac Otway Shire in southern Victoria, Australia on the Great Ocean Road; much of the area is enclosed in the Great Otway National Park. Cape Otway was originally inhabited by the Gadubanud people; evidence of their campsites is contained in the middens throughout the region. The Cape was discovered by Europeans when Lieutenant James Grant made the first west to east passage through Bass Straight in the Lady Nelson in December 1800. Grant named it Cape Albany Otway after Captain William Albany Otway. This was later shortened to Cape Otway. Cape Otway Lighthouse was built on the point of the cape in 1848. The lighthouse is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register. We visited Cape Otway and its lighthouse as a part of our Great Ocean Road day trip.
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.
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.
964 photos from Moscow
2013-06-26 - 2013-07-02
Moscow is the capital city and the most populous federal subject of Russia. The city is a major political, economic, cultural and scientific center in Russia and in Eurasia. According to Forbes 2012, Moscow has the second largest community of billionaires in the world. Moscow is the northernmost megacity on Earth, the most populous city in Europe, and the 5th largest city proper in the world. It is the largest city in Russia with a population of 11.5 million. Moscow is situated on the Moskva River in the Central Federal District of European Russia. In the course of its history the city has served as the capital of a progression of states, from the medieval Grand Duchy of Moscow and the subsequent Tsardom of Russia to the Soviet Union. Moscow is the site of the Moscow Kremlin, a medieval city-fortress that is today the residence of the Russian president. The Moscow Kremlin is also one of several World Heritage Sites in the city. Both chambers of the Russian parliament (the State Duma and the Federation Council) also sit in Moscow. We visited Moscow during our Russia trip in the summer of 2013.
127 photos from Yongding
Yongding is a county under the jurisdiction of Longyan prefecture-level city, in the southwest of Fujian Province, People`s Republic of China. It is the home of many Hakka families. Yongding has a population of about 400,000, of which more than 99% are Hakka, the rest being Minnan people. We visited the Gaobei Tulou Cluster on a day trip from Xiamen.
56 photos from Sault
Sault is a commune of the Vaucluse département, in southern France. We visited Sault and the surrounding area with it`s lavender fields in the summer of 2007.
208 photos from Nimes
Nîmes is a city in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France. It is the capital of the Gard department. Nîmes is located between the Mediterranean Sea and the Cévennes mountains. The estimated population of Nîmes is 175,000. Nîmes has a rich history, dating back to the Roman Empire when the city was home to 50,000 60,000 people. Several famous monuments are in Nîmes, such as the Nîmes Arena and the Maison Carrée. Because of this, Nîmes is often referred to as the French Rome. We visited the Arena of Nîmes, the Maison Carrée temple and the Tour Magne tower, as well as the nearby Pont du Gard aqueduct bridge.
25 photos from Antwerp
2015-05-30 - 2015-05-31
During our third trip to Antwerp, we visited the we visited the diamond neighbourhood, the area around the Antwerp Central Railway Station, and the Chinatown.
833 photos from Barcelona
2019-03-14 - 2019-03-16
While attending the EAU 2019 Barcelona conference, Tim visited the Arc de Triomf, the Ciutadella Park, the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, the Barcelona Cathedral, the Museu Picasso, the Ramblas, the Montjuďc hill, the Aquarium Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia and the Barcelona Zoo.
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.
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.
178 photos from Nice
2010-10-18 - 2010-10-22
Nice is the fifth most populous city in France, with a population of 348,721 within its administrative limits. The urban area of Nice extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of over 955,000. Located on the south east coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, Nice is second largest French city on the Mediterranean coast. The city is nicknamed Nice la Belle, which means Nice the Beautiful. Nice is the capital city of the Alpes Maritimes department, and the second biggest city of the Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d`Azur after Marseille. The area of today`s Nice is believed to be among the oldest human settlements in Europe. One of the archaeological sites, Terra Amata, displays evidence of a very early usage of fire. Around 350 BC, Greeks of Marseille founded a permanent settlement and called it Nikaia, after Nike, the goddess of victory. Tim and Miaomiao visited Nice in the autumn of 2010.
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.
27 photos from Sagunto
Sagunto, formerly Murviedro, is an ancient city in Eastern Spain, in the modern fertile district of Camp de Morvedre in the province of Valencia. It is located in a hilly site, c. 30 km north of Valencia, close to the Costa del Azahar on the Mediterranean Sea. We visited the Roman theater and the Old Jewish Quarter.
238 photos from Dinant
2007-04-06 - 2007-04-09
Dinant is a Walloon city and municipality located on the River Meuse in the Belgian province of Namur, Belgium. We visited the Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame, the Citadel, the city center, the river side, and the `La Merveilleuse` caves.
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.
62 photos from Tegalalang
Tegalalang is a district in the Gianyar Regency, Bali, Indonesia. As of the 2010 census the population was estimated to be 50,375. Located around 10 km north of Ubud its terraced rice fields are a tourist attraction in the area. We visited the rice fields on a day trip to Ubud and surroundings.
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