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Welcome to our travel website! This site contains all our travel photos since nov. 2003 :: 406 series :: 62461 photos

Number of countries: 32, number of U.S. states: 7, number of Chinese provinces: 12

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129 photos from Rotterdam
(South-Holland, Netherlands)

2015-04-24

On our second trip to Rotterdam we visited the Erasmus MC, the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and the Euromast tower.

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244 photos from Monaco
(Monaco, Monaco)

2010-10-21

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.

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79 photos from Haikou
(Hainan, China)

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.

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68 photos from Breda
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2018-12-09

A visit to the Circus Barones at the Chasséveld square.

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21 photos from Biesbosch
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2018-05-12

De Biesbosch National Park is one of the largest national parks of the Netherlands and one of the last extensive areas of freshwater tidal wetlands in Northwestern Europe. The Biesbosch consists of a large network of rivers and smaller and larger creeks with islands. The vegetation is mostly willow forests, although wet grasslands and fields of reed are common as well. The Biesbosch is an important wetland area for waterfowl and has a rich flora and fauna. It is especially important for migrating geese. We visited the Brabant part of the Biesbosch in the spring of 2018.

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45 photos from Utrecht
(Utrecht, Netherlands)

2012-08-26

On this second Utrecht trip we visited the Dom Church and the Castle De Haar.

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364 photos from Reykjavik
(Capital Region, Iceland)

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.

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117 photos from Barcelona
(Catalonia, Spain)

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.

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53 photos from Echternach
(Grevenmacher, Luxembourg)

2014-06-09

Echternach is a commune with city status in the canton of Echternach, which is part of the district of Grevenmacher, in eastern Luxembourg. Echternach lies near the border with Germany, and is the oldest town (current population 4,610) in Luxembourg. It grew around the walls of the Abbey of Echternach, which was founded in 698 by St. Willibrord, an English monk from Ripon, Northumbria (in present-day North Yorkshire, England), who became the first bishop of Utrecht and worked to Christianize the Frisians. As bishop, he was the Echternach monastery`s abbot until his death in 739. It is in his honour that the dancing procession takes place annually on Whit Tuesday. Tim and Miaomiao visited Echternach and its abbey in June 2014.

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100 photos from Amsterdam
(North-Holland, Netherlands)

2018-12-18

A conference at the EYE Film Institute Netherlands was combined with a visit to the A`DAM Lookout at the A`DAM Tower.

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17 photos from Corinth
(Peloponnese, Greece)

2009-03-10

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.

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121 photos from Efteling
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2006-08-26

In August 2006 Tim and Miaomiao visited the Efteling, the largest and most popular theme park in The Netherlands, and one of the leading theme parks in Europe. It is also one of the oldest theme parks in the world: it was opened in 1952. Originally the park catered towards children with a fairy tale theme. Nowadays Efteling appeals to both young and old with its cultural, romantic and nostalgic themes and its variety of amusement rides. In over fifty years the park has evolved from a nature park with playground and a Fairy Tale Forest, into a full-size theme park along the lines of Disneyland (it is actually twice as large as the original Disneyland park and predates it by three years). In 1992 Efteling received the IAAPA Applause Award for Best Amusement Park in the World, and In 2005 the Efteling received the THEA Classic Award.

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76 photos from Florence
(Tuscany, Italy)

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.

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37 photos from Playa de las Americas
(Tenerife, Spain)

2019-01-05

Playa de las Américas is a purpose-built holiday resort in the southern and southern-west part of the Municipality of Arona, close to the adjoining Municipality of Adeje in the west of Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands. It was built in the 1960s beside the town of Los Cristianos and stretching west to the Costa Adeje. The resort area features bars, nightclubs, restaurants, attractions, and beaches, most of which are man-made with imported sand from Africa due to the darkness of the native volcanic sand. Playa de las Americas is a centre of nightlife in Tenerife. Nightlife is spread around the resort and includes the Veronicas Strip, Starco Commercial Centre and the Patch. We visited Playa de las Américas on the last day of our holidays in Tenerife in 2018/2019.

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114 photos from Efteling
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2018-03-25

Our fifteenth trip to the Efteling in the spring of 2018.

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385 photos from Kuranda
(Queensland, Australia)

2014-09-04

Kuranda is a town on the Atherton Tableland in Far North Queensland, Australia. At the 2011 census, Kuranda had a population of 2,966. Parts of Kuranda, particularly along its eastern edge, are protected within the Kuranda National Park and Barron Gorge National Park. Both national parks belong to the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The town receives thousands of tourists each week who arrive from Cairns either on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, the Skyrail gondola cableway, coach or by public bus via the Kuranda Range Road. The town is surrounded by tropical rainforest which is abundant with wildlife and popular amongst birdwatchers. There are several short walks around the village including the Jum Rum Creek Environmental Park which includes The River Walk. Attractions in Kuranda include a bird aviary, butterfly sanctuary, wildlife rescue/rehabilitation centre, reptile park and koala sanctuary. We visited Kuranda using the Skyrail gondola cableway and the Kuranda Scenic Railway as a day trip from Cairns.

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47 photos from Tilburg
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2019-01-12

Another visit to the Natuurmuseum Brabant in the winter of 2019.

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153 photos from Efteling
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2018-07-16

Another trip to the Efteling in the summer of 2018.

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65 photos from Boxtel
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2018-07-28

A fourth visit to the Oertijdmuseum, in the summer of 2018.

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384 photos from Montpellier
(Languedoc-Roussillon, France)

2018-09-16 - 2018-09-18

Montpellier is a city in southern France. It is the capital of the Hérault department. Montpellier is the 7th-largest city of France, and is also the fastest-growing city in the country over the past 25 years. In 2014, 589,610 people lived in the urban area and 275,318 in the city itself. Nearly one third of the population are students from three universities and from three higher education institutions that are outside the university framework in the city. Located near the south coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, it is the third-largest French city on the Mediterranean coast after Marseille and Nice. Tim visited the city for work in the summer of 2018.

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233 photos from Amsterdam
(North-Holland, Netherlands)

2007-06-17

On a second sightseeing tour through Amsterdam, we paid a visit to several private gardens in the city, the Rembrandtplein, and the Dam.

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139 photos from Mierlo
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2017-04-15

A second visit to the Dierenrijk zoo in the spring of 2017.

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109 photos from La Laguna
(Tenerife, Spain)

2019-01-04

San Cristóbal de La Laguna (commonly known as La Laguna) is a city and municipality in the northern part of the island of Tenerife in the Province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, on the Canary Islands (Spain). The city is the third-most populous city of the archipelago and the second-most populous city of the island. La Laguna`s historical center was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. In 2003 the municipality started an ambitious Urban Plan to renew this area. The city was the ancient capital of the Canary Islands. La Laguna lies right alongside the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, thus the two cities and municipalities form a single large urban center, linked by tram. The city is home to the University of La Laguna which is home to 30,000 students; these are not included in the population figures for the city. La Laguna is considered to be the cultural capital of the Canary Islands. In this city one finds the legendary house of the spectre of Catalina Lercaro, as well as the incorrupt body of Sor María de Jesús, and the Christ of La Laguna. Another emblematic building of the city is the Cathedral of La Laguna, which is the Catholic cathedral of Tenerife and its diocese. We visited La Laguna on a day trip from Costa Adeje in January 2019.

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23 photos from Bafoussam
(West, Cameroon)

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.

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627 photos from Istanbul
(Istanbul, Turkey)

2010-04-02 - 2010-04-07

Istanbul (historically also known as Byzantium and Constantinople) is the largest city in Turkey and fifth largest city proper in the world with a population of 12.8 million. Istanbul is also a megacity, as well as the cultural, economic, and financial centre of Turkey. It is located on the Bosphorus Strait and encompasses the natural harbour known as the Golden Horn, in the northwest of the country. It extends both on the European (Thrace) and on the Asian (Anatolia) sides of the Bosphorus, and is thereby the only metropolis in the world that is situated on two continents. In its long history, Istanbul has served as the capital city of the Roman Empire (330–395), the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire (395–1204 and 1261–1453), the Latin Empire (1204–1261), and the Ottoman Empire (1453–1922). The city was chosen as joint European Capital of Culture for 2010. The historic areas of Istanbul were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985. Tim and Miaomiao visited many famous sites within Istanbul, such as the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, the Topkapi Palace, the Galata Tower, the Süleymaniye Mosque, the Church of St. Savior in Chora and the Grand Bazaar. They also did a boat trip to the nearby Princes` Islands.

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63 photos from Gullfoss
(Southern Region, Iceland)

2018-07-06

Our second visit to the Gullfoss waterfall in the summer of 2018.

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104 photos from Luoyang
(Henan, China)

2007-11-01

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.

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41 photos from Kortgene
(Zeeland, Netherlands)

2018-07-13

Kortgene is a village in the Dutch province of Zeeland. It is a part of the municipality of Noord-Beveland, and lies about 15 km northeast of Middelburg. Kortgene received city rights in 1431. We visited the Paardekreek camping in the summer of 2018.

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