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

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75 photos from Deventer
(Overijssel, Netherlands)

2006-12-17

Another visit to Deventer during the Dickens Festival. This December festival sees some of the oldest streets and alleys in the city dressed up in the style of the Victorian era, as per Dickens` writings. The festival attracted 135,000 visitors.

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160 photos from Rhenen
(Utrecht, Netherlands)

2017-09-01

Rhenen is a municipality and a town in the central Netherlands. The municipality also includes the villages of Achterberg, Remmerden, Elst and Laareind. The town lies at a geographically interesting location, namely on the southernmost part of the chain of hills known as the Utrecht Hill Ridge, where this meets the river Rhine. Because of this Rhenen has a unique character with quite some elevation through town. Directly to the east of the built-up area lies the Grebbeberg, a hill with a top elevation of about 50 metres. We visited the Ouwehands Dierenpark, a zoo founded in 1932.

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132 photos from Efteling
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2017-08-17

On our seventh trip to the Efteling, we visited the new attraction `Symbolica`, the Raveleijn theatre, and more.

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145 photos from Lijiang
(Yunnan, China)

2009-09-07 - 2009-09-08

Lijiang is a prefecture-level city in northwestern Yunnan Province, China. It has a population of 1,137,600 as of 2005. The world famous Old Town of Lijiang is located in Lijiang City. It is a UNESCO Heritage Site. The town has a history going back more than 800 years and was once a confluence for trade along the old tea horse road. The Lijiang old town is famous for its orderly system of waterways and bridges. The old town of Lijiang differs from other ancient Chinese cities in architecture, history and the culture of its traditional residents the Nakhi people. We visited the Old Town and some nearby attractions in September 2009.

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68 photos from Wanning
(Hainan, China)

2012-01-27 - 2012-01-29

Wanning is a county-level city in the southeast of Hainan Province, with an estimated population of 65,871 (2006). We visited the town on our way from Haikou to Sanya and back, and spend a few hours at the nearby Xinglong Tropical Garden.

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51 photos from Thorn
(Limburg, Netherlands)

2018-10-13

Thorn is a town in the municipality of Maasgouw, in the Dutch province of Limburg. It lies on the rivers Meuse and Witbeek. It is known as `the white village` for its white-washed brick houses in the centre of town. In 975, Bishop Ansfried of Utrecht founded a Benedictine nunnery. This monastery developed since the 12th century into a secular stift or convent. The principal of the stift was the abbess. She was assisted by a chapter of at most twenty ladies of the highest nobility. Previously the abbess and the chapter were endowed with religious tasks but, since the 12th century, they served secular matters and formed the government of a truly sovereign miniature principality, the smallest independent state in the German Holy Roman Empire, approximately 250 x 250 metres. Besides Thorn, Ittervoort, Grathem, Baexem, Stramproy, Ell, Haler and Molenbeersel belonged to this principality. After the Vienna Congress it became a municipality of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. We visited Thorn in the autumn of 2018.

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21 photos from Skogafoss
(Southern Region, Iceland)

2013-03-03

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.

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78 photos from Guildford
(England, United Kingdom)

2018-01-11 - 2018-01-12

Guildford is a large town in Surrey, England, located 43 km southwest of central London on the A3 trunk road midway between the capital and Portsmouth. The town has a population of just over 137,000. Guildford has Saxon roots and historians attribute its location to the existence of a gap in the North Downs where the River Wey was forded by the Harrow Way. By AD 978 it was home to an early English Royal Mint. On the building of the Wey Navigation and Basingstoke Canal Guildford was connected to a network of waterways that aided its prosperity. In the 20th century, the University of Surrey and Guildford Cathedral, an Anglican cathedral, were added. Tim travelled to Guildford as part of a business trip, and visited the city center with the Guildford Castle, High Street, the Guildhall, the Tunsgate Arch, Abbot`s Hospital, the Holy Trinity Church and the Royal Grammar School.

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87 photos from The Hague
(South-Holland, Netherlands)

2017-07-07

On our fifth visit to The Hague, we went to Madurodam with its new attraction `Nieuw Amsterdam`.

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484 photos from Stockholm
(Uppland, Sweden)

2010-05-12 - 2010-05-16

Stockholm is the capital and the largest city of Sweden. It is the site of the national Swedish government, the Riksdag (parliament), and the official residence of the Swedish monarch as well as the prime minister. Stockholm is the most populous city in Sweden with a population of 829,417 in the municipality (2009), 1.25 million in the urban area (2005), and 2 million in the metropolitan area (2009). Founded circa 1250, Stockholm has long been one of Sweden`s cultural, media, political, and economic centres. Its strategic location on 14 islands on the south-central east coast of Sweden at the mouth of Lake Mälaren, by the Stockholm archipelago, has been historically important. Stockholm is known for its beauty, its buildings and architecture, its abundant clean and open water, and its many parks. It is sometimes referred to as Venice of the North. Tim and Miaomiao visited the city in May 2010.

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195 photos from Aachen
(North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)

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.

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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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159 photos from The Hague
(South-Holland, Netherlands)

2013-11-21 - 2013-11-22

Tim visited The Hague because of the conference `HandsOn: Biobanks 2013`. Next to the conference site, the World Forum, he visited Madurodam (where the conference dinner was held), the Peace Palace, the Binnenhof and the Buitenhof.

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48 photos from Tilburg
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2018-05-11

Another visit to the Natuurmuseum Brabant in Tilburg.

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192 photos from Kerkrade
(Limburg, Netherlands)

2019-05-25

Kerkrade is a town and a municipality in the southeast of Limburg, the southernmost province of the Netherlands. It forms part of the Parkstad Limburg agglomeration. Kerkrade is the western half of a divided city; it was part of the German town of Herzogenrath until the Congress of Vienna in 1815 drew the current Dutch-German border and separated the towns. The two towns, including outlying suburban settlements, have a population approaching 100,000, of which nearly 47,000 are in Kerkrade. We visited the GaiaZOO in Kerkarde in the spring of 2019.

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88 photos from Paris
(Île-de-France, France)

2006-01-07 - 2006-01-10

Paris is the capital of France and the country`s largest city. It is situated on the river Seine, in northern France, at the heart of the Île-de-France region. The Paris urban area is Europe`s biggest city economy, and Paris is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with over 30 million foreign visitors per year. Tim and Miaomiao visited Paris in January 2006 (and many times before). Famous landmarks include the Eiffel tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Louvre, as well as the churches Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Basilique du Sacré-Coeur.

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32 photos from Vlissingen
(Zeeland, Netherlands)

2009-04-11

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.

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115 photos from Zhengzhou
(Henan, China)

2016-07-04 - 2016-07-08

On this third trip to Zhengzhou, we visited Miaomiao`s uncle, aunt and grandparents, as well as some spots in the city center, such as the Henan Provincial Museum.

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61 photos from Utrecht
(Utrecht, Netherlands)

2016-09-04

We visited the Nijntje Museum (former Dick Bruna Huis) in the Centraal Museum of Utrecht.

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23 photos from Wageningen
(Gelderland, Netherlands)

2007-05-05

Wageningen is a municipality and a historical town in the central Netherlands, in the province of Gelderland. Wageningen is famous for its military history. On May 5, 1945, the German general Blaskowitz surrendered to the Canadian general Charles Foulkes, which ended the Second World War in the Netherlands. The Generals negotiated the terms of surrender in the Hotel de Wereld, which since 2004 has again been serving as a hotel. On May 5, which in the Netherlands is Liberation Day, the city hosts a large festival to celebrate the liberation. At this festival, veteran soldiers parade through the city and are honored for their service. We visited the city on Liberation Day 2007.

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16 photos from Nafplion
(Peloponnese, Greece)

2009-03-10

Tim and Miaomiao visited the city of Nafplion as part of a day trip from Athens to the Argolis region of Greece, in March 2009. Nafplion, or Nauplion, is a seaport town in the Peloponnese in Greece that has expanded up the hillsides near the north end of the Argolic Gulf. The town was the first capital of modern Greece, from 1829 to 1834. Nafplion, with a population of 13,822 is the capital of the prefecture of Argolis and the province of Nafplion.

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37 photos from Cascais
(Lisbon, Portugal)

2014-04-25

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.

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117 photos from Phillip Island
(Victoria, Australia)

2014-09-11

Phillip Island is an island about 140 km south-southeast of Melbourne, Victoria. Named after Arthur Phillip, the first Governor of New South Wales, Phillip Island forms a natural breakwater for the shallow waters of Western Port. A 640 m concrete bridge connects the mainland town San Remo with the island town Newhaven. In the 2011 census the island`s permanent population was 9,406. During the summer, the population swells to 40,000. 60% of the island is farmland devoted to grazing of sheep and cattle. Phillip Island is a tourist destination visited by 3.5 million people annually. The Penguin Parade at Phillip Island Nature Park, in which Little Penguins come ashore in groups, attracts visitors from all over the world. They come to see one of the few areas where this species of penguin can be seen. The western tip of the island contains the Nobbies Centre, which offers a view on the The Nobbies and the Seal Rocks, home to Australia`s largest colony of fur seals. We visited the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory, the Nobbies Centre and the Penguin Parade.

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21 photos from Wéris
(Luxembourg, Belgium)

2017-10-14

Wéris is a village in the municipality of Durbuy in Wallonia, Belgium. Till 1977 Wéris was a municipality. The village is a member of the organisation Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie. It is well known for its megaliths, including dolmens and menhirs. There is a `Museum of Megaliths` in the centre of the village. There is a three-mile alignment of standing stones and chambered tombs that include the Dolmen de Wéris and the Dolmen d'Oppagne, as well as the Menhir Danthine, the three Menhirs d`Oppagne, and the Tour Menhir (destroyed). Other megaliths in the area include La Pierre Haina, the Lit du Diable (Devil`s bed) and the Pas de Bayard capstone. We visited the Dolmen de Wéris.

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12 photos from Deventer
(Overijssel, Netherlands)

2006-08-06

Deventer is a municipality and city in the Salland region of the Dutch province of Overijssel. Deventer is largely situated on the east bank of the river IJssel, but also has a small part of its territory on the west bank. We visited the city during Europe`s largest book fair, attracting some 125,000 visitors.

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50 photos from Kunming
(Yunnan, China)

2009-09-03 - 2009-09-09

Kunming is a prefecture-level city and capital of Yunnan province, in southwestern China. Because of its year-round temperate climate, Kunming is often called the `Spring City` or `City of Eternal Spring`. We visited the Yuantong Temple, the Xisi Tower, the Dongsi Tower and the Archways of Golden Horse and Jade Cock.

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41 photos from Zaandam
(North-Holland, Netherlands)

2018-11-28

Tim had a conference at the Taets Art and Event Park, and visited the city center with the Gedempte Gracht canal and the City Hall.

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56 photos from Sault
(Provence-Alpes-Côte d`Azur, France)

2007-08-04

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.

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