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Welcome to our travel website! This site contains all our travel photos since nov. 2003 :: 334 series :: 53397 photos

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

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47 photos from Buea
(Southwest, Cameroon)

2005-10-25 - 2005-10-28

Buea is the capital of the Southwest Province of Cameroon. The town is located on the eastern slopes of Mount Cameroon and has a population of 57,000. Buea was the colonial capital of the German Kamerun from 1901 to 1919 and the capital of the Southern Cameroons from 1949 until 1961.

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

2014-08-18

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.

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79 photos from Amsterdam
(North-Holland, Netherlands)

2016-06-08 - 2016-06-09

Tim visited Amsterdam for the eHealth Week 2016 conference. Next to the conference sites (the Beurs van Berlage and the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky), he visited the Westerkerk church and the Anne Frank House.

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60 photos from Amsterdam
(North-Holland, Netherlands)

2013-05-19

A visit to the renovated Rijksmuseum, in the spring of 2013.

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20 photos from Amsterdam
(North-Holland, Netherlands)

2006-04-17

Amsterdam is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands, located in the province of North Holland in the west of the country. The city, which had a population of 747,290 on 1 January 2008, comprises the northern part of the Randstad, the 6th-largest metropolitan area in Europe, with a population of around 6.7 million. We did a short sightseeing tour in April 2006.

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284 photos from Seattle
(Washington, USA)

2011-02-05 - 2011-02-09

Seattle is the northernmost major city in the contiguous United States, and the largest city in the Pacific Northwest and in the state of Washington. It is named after Chief Sealth `Seattle`, of the Duwamish and Suquamish native tribes. Seattle is the center of the Seattle–Tacoma–Bellevue metropolitan statistical area, the 15th largest in the United States, and the largest in the northwestern United States. The 2010 census found that Seattle is home to 630,320 residents within a metropolitan area of some 3.4 million inhabitants. Seattle is the birthplace of rock legend Jimi Hendrix and the rock music style known as `grunge`, which was made famous by local groups Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and Pearl Jam. In more recent years, Seattle has been known for indie rock and hip hop music. Seattle has a reputation for heavy coffee consumption; coffee companies founded or based in Seattle include Starbucks, Seattle`s Best Coffee, and Tully`s. There are also many successful independent artisanal espresso roasters and cafes. Tim visited Seattle and the neighbouring town of Bothell for a workshop in February 2011.

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426 photos from Prague
(Prague, Czech Republic)

2008-12-22 - 2008-12-28

A christmas holiday in the Czech capital Prague. We visited Old Town Square, Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Visehrad, Wenceslas Square, the TV Tower, two concerts and much more.

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66 photos from Eyjafjallajokull
(Southern Region, Iceland)

2013-03-03

Eyjafjallajökull (Icelandic for `Island mountain glacier`) is one of the smaller ice caps of Iceland, situated to the north of Skógar and to the west of Mýrdalsjökull. The ice cap covers the caldera of a volcano with a summit elevation of 1,666 metres. The volcano has erupted relatively frequently since the last glacial period, most recently in 2010. Tim and Miaomiao visited Eyjafjallajökull during their trip through Iceland in the winter of 2013.

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72 photos from Qionghai
(Hainan, China)

2016-07-17 - 2016-07-18

Qionghai is one of the seven county-level cities of Hainan province, China. Although called a `city`, Qionghai refers to a large land area in Hainan - an area which was once a county. Within this area is the main city, Qionghai City. It is located in the east of the island at the mouth of the Wanquan River, 86 kilometres from the provincial capital of Haikou. It has an area of 1,692 square kilometres and in 2010, it had a population of 483,217. We visited the city on our way from Haikou to Sanya.

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132 photos from Driebergen
(Utrecht, Netherlands)

2017-12-28 - 2017-12-29

Driebergen is a former village and municipality in the Dutch province of Utrecht. It is first mentioned as Thriberghen in 1159. The former municipality of Driebergen existed until 1931, when it merged with Rijsenburg, to create the new municipality of Driebergen-Rijsenburg. In later years, due to growth of the villages of Driebergen and Rijsenburg, the villages themselves also merged, to become the single town of Driebergen-Rijsenburg. Since 2006, Driebergen-Rijsenburg is part of the new municipality Utrechtse Heuvelrug. We dined at the Michelin star restaurant La Provence, and spent the night at Castle Sterkenburg.

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139 photos from Apeldoorn
(Gelderland, Netherlands)

2009-07-12

Apeldoorn is a municipality and city in the province of Gelderland, about 60 miles south east of Amsterdam, in the centre of the Netherlands. It is a regional centre and has 136,000 inhabitants. In Apeldoorn we visited the Apenheul, a zoo which hosts a number of different types of apes and monkeys, some of which are free to walk around the visitors.

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115 photos from Changsha
(Hunan, China)

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.

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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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63 photos from Geysir
(Southern Region, Iceland)

2013-02-28

Geysir, sometimes known as The Great Geysir, is a geyser in southwestern Iceland. It was the first geyser described in a printed source and the first known to modern Europeans. The English word geyser (a spouting hot spring) derives from Geysir. The name Geysir itself is derived from the Icelandic verb geysa, `to gush`, the verb from Old Norse. Geysir lies in the Haukadalur valley on the slopes of Laugarfjall hill, which is also the home to Strokkur geyser about 50 metres south. Eruptions at Geysir can hurl boiling water up to 70 metres in the air. However, eruptions may be infrequent, and have in the past stopped altogether for years at a time. Tim and Miaomiao visited the geyser site during their trip through Iceland in the winter of 2013.

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882 photos from Lisbon
(Lisbon, Portugal)

2014-04-20 - 2014-04-26

Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal with a population of over 3 million in its urban area, making it the 11th most populous urban area in the European Union. Lisbon is the westernmost large city located in Europe, as well as its westernmost capital city and the only one along the Atlantic coast. It lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the River Tagus. Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, and the oldest city in Western Europe, predating other modern European capitals such as London, Paris and Rome by hundreds of years. Julius Caesar made it a municipium called Felicitas Julia, adding to the name Olissipo. Ruled by a series of Germanic tribes from the 5th century, it was captured by the Moors in the 8th century. In 1147, the Crusaders under Afonso Henriques reconquered the city and since then it has been a major political, economic and cultural centre of Portugal. Lisbon has two sites listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site: Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery. Furthermore, in 1994, Lisbon was the European Capital of Culture and in 1998 organised the Expo `98. Tim and Miaomiao visited the city in the spring of 2014.

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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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73 photos from Arles
(Provence-Alpes-Côte d`Azur, France)

2014-08-17

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.

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49 photos from Epidaurus
(Peloponnese, Greece)

2009-03-10

Epidaurus was a small city (polis) in ancient Greece, at the Saronic Gulf. The modern town Epidavros, part of the prefecture of Argolis, was built near the ancient site. Epidaurus is famous for its well-preserved ancient theatre. Tim and Miaomiao visited the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Epidaurus during a day trip from Athens to the Argolis region in Greece, in March 2009.

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97 photos from Oosterhout
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2017-06-06 - 2017-06-09

Oosterhout is a municipality and a city in the southern Netherlands, with a population of 54,000 in 2017. We visited the Roompot De Katjeskelder holiday park and the city center.

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126 photos from Efteling
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2018-04-28

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

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35 photos from Bertinoro
(Emilia-Romagna, Italy)

2006-03-18 - 2006-03-23

Bertinoro is a town and comune in the province of Forlě-Cesena, Emilia-Romagna (Italy). It is located on hill, Mount Cesubeo, in Romagna, a few kilometers from the Via Emilia. Miaomiao had a conference here in the spring of 2006.

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290 photos from Haikou
(Hainan, China)

2016-07-08 - 2016-07-25

On the sixth trip to Haikou, we visited Miaomiao`s family and celebrated Max' first birthday.

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53 photos from Songshan
(Henan, China)

2007-10-31

Mount Song, known in Chinese as Song Shan, is one of the Taoist Five Sacred Mountains and is located in Henan province on the south bank of the Yellow River in China. Its summit is 1,500 meters above sea level. It is home to the Shaolin Temple, the birthplace of Zen Buddhism. The Zhongyue Temple is also located here, one of the earliest Taoist temples in the country. The Songyang Academy nearby was one of the four great academies of ancient China.

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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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207 photos from Philadelphia
(Pennsylvania, USA)

2008-07-02 - 2008-07-05

Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania and the sixth-most-populous city in the US. It is the fifth-largest metropolitan area and fourth-largest urban area by population in the US. Popular nicknames for Philadelphia include Philly and The City of Brotherly Love. In 2005, the population of the city proper was estimated to be over 1.4 million, while the metropolitan area, with a population of 5.8 million, was the fifth-largest in the United States. A commercial, educational, and cultural center, the city was once the second-largest in the British Empire (after London), and the social and geographical center of the original 13 American colonies. During the 18th century, it eclipsed New York City in political and social importance, with Benjamin Franklin taking a large role in Philadelphia`s early rise to prominence. It was in this city that many of the ideas, and subsequent actions, gave birth to the American Revolution and American Independence, making Philadelphia a centerpiece of early American history. It was the most populous city of the young United States and served as the the nation`s first capital. We visited the city during the celebrations of Independence Day.

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421 photos from Athens
(Attica, Greece)

2009-03-07 - 2009-03-14

Athens, the capital and largest city of Greece, dominates the Attica periphery; as one of the world`s oldest cities, its recorded history spans around 3,400 years. The Greek capital has a population of 750,000 within its administrative limits. The Athens Larger Urban Zone (LUZ) is the 7th most populated LUZ in the EU with a population of over 4 million. A bustling and cosmopolitan metropolis, Athens is central to economic, financial, industrial, political and cultural life in Greece. Classical Athens was a powerful city-state. A centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, home of Plato`s Academy and Aristotle`s Lyceum, Athens was also the birthplace of Socrates, Pericles, Sophocles and its many other prominent philosophers, writers and politicians of the ancient world. It is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy. The heritage of the classical era is still evident in the city, represented by a number of ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of all being the Parthenon on the Acropolis. Tim and Miaomiao visited Athens and the nearby harbor city Piraeus, together with other Greek places, in March 2009.

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41 photos from Petite-Somme
(Luxembourg, Belgium)

2017-10-15

Petite-Somme is a village in the Belgian province of Luxembourg. It is located in Septon, a borough of Durbuy. Along Petite-Somme, the Somme river flows. We visited the Castle of Petite-Somme (Radhadesh), which nowadays houses an ISKCON community.

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