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Welcome to our travel website! This site contains all our travel photos since nov. 2003 :: 306 series :: 50384 photos

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

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45 photos from Amsterdam
(North-Holland, Netherlands)

2014-02-23

On this day trip to Amsterdam we visited the Van Gogh Museum and some other spots in the city center.

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134 photos from Giethoorn
(Overijssel, Netherlands)

2015-05-03

Giethoorn is a village in the Dutch province of Overijssel. It is located in the municipality of Steenwijkerland, about 5 km southwest of Steenwijk. Giethoorn used to be an auto-free zone, but nowadays exeptions are made. It became locally famous, especially after 1958, when the Dutch film maker Bert Haanstra made his famous comedy Fanfare there. In the old part of the village, there were no roads (though a cycling path was eventually added), and all transport was done by water over one of the many canals. The lakes in Giethoorn were formed by peat unearthing. Giethoorn was founded by fugitives from the Mediterranean region in around AD 1230. Tourism has had a relatively small influence on the old traditional town. The village, still only fully accessible by boat, is one of several places commonly known as the Venice of the North or Venice of the Netherlands. Giethoorn has over 180 bridges. Tim visited Giethoorn together with Miaomiao`s parents in the spring of 2015.

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233 photos from Nusa Dua
(Bali, Indonesia)

2017-05-18 - 2017-05-27

Nusa Dua is an area in the southern part of Bali, Indonesia, known as an enclave of large 5-star resorts. It is located 22 kilometers from Denpasar, the provincial capital of Bali, and administered under South Kuta District. Nusa Dua means two islands (nusa `island`, dua `two`), because there are 2 islands in the bay of Bali Tourism Development Corporation area. On the southern side lies Peninsula Island, and on the northern side lies Nusa Dharma Island, which is smaller but shadier, and which contains the Pura/Temple Nusa Dharma. We stayed in the Inaya Putri Bali hotel, shopped in the Bali Collection shopping mall and visited some other spots in the town.

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61 photos from Zhengzhou
(Henan, China)

2007-10-28 - 2007-11-06

Zhengzhou, formerly called Zhengxian, is a prefecture-level city, and the capital of Henan province, People`s Republic of China. We visited Miaomiao`s relatives there, and the Erqi Memorial Tower.

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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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149 photos from Dusseldorf
(North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)

2008-03-22 - 2008-03-23

Dusseldorf is the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is an economic centre of Germany. The city is situated on the River Rhine and has a high population density - the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan area has over 10 million inhabitants alone. The city is renowned for its many events and also for its fashion and trade fairs. We visited the Altstadt, Town Hall, Rheinturm, the Gehry buildings, and the Film Museum.

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

2008-11-08 - 2008-11-09

A weekend trip to The Hague to see the musical `Tarzan` in the theater of Scheveningen. We also visited the Binnenhof, Peace Palace, Mauritshuis (with paintings such as `Girl with a pearl earring` By Johannes Vermeer), and Panorama Mesdag.

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40 photos from Bruhl
(North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)

2012-08-05

Brühl is a town in the Rhineland of Germany. It is located in Rhein-Erft-Kreis, 20 km south of Cologne city center and at the edge of Naturpark Kottenforst-Ville Nature Reserve. The town of Brühl was the residence of the Prince Bishops of Cologne. In the 18th century the Prince Bishop Clemens August replaced a former ruined castle and built the Augustusburg and Falkenlust palaces near the city centre. Today both are listed as UNESCO - World Heritage Sites. Until 1990 Augustusburg Palace was used by the West German government to receive foreign heads of states visiting West Germany. We visited the Augustusburg and Falkenlust palaces during our Cologne trip.

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237 photos from Antwerp
(Antwerp, Belgium)

2017-12-02

Another visit to the Antwerp Zoo, during the China Light festival.

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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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322 photos from Boston
(Massachusetts, USA)

2008-07-12 - 2008-07-17

Boston is the capital and largest city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. The largest city in New England, Boston is considered the economic and cultural center of the region, and is sometimes regarded as the unofficial "Capital of New England." Boston city proper had a 2007 estimated population of 608,352, making it the twenty-first largest in the country. Boston is also the anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area called Greater Boston, home to 4.4 million people and the tenth-largest metropolitan area in the country. Boston had an important role in the USA`s declaration of independence in 1789.

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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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23 photos from Den Bosch
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2016-11-12

We visited the light show `Bosch by Night` at the Markt square.

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45 photos from Bamenda
(Northwest, Cameroon)

2005-10-20 - 2005-10-21

Bamenda, also known as Abakwa and Mankon Town, is a city in northwestern Cameroon and capital of the North West Province. The city has an estimated 446,000 inhabitants. Bamenda is known for its cool climate and scenic hilly location.

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172 photos from Yuntaishan
(Henan, China)

2007-10-30

As part of our tour through the Henan province, we visited the Mount Yuntaishan Global Geopark of China. With a total area of approximately 556 km², the Geopark is characterized by its rifting tectonics, and spectacular landscapes formed by hydrodynamic processes, in combination with its natural ecologic and cultural relic scenery.

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480 photos from Seville
(Andalusia, Spain)

2010-12-25 - 2010-12-30

Seville is the artistic, cultural, and financial capital of southern Spain. It is the capital of the autonomous community of Andalusia and of the province of Seville. It is situated on the plain of the River Guadalquivir, with an average elevation of 7 metres above sea level. The inhabitants of the city are known as sevillanos or hispalenses, following the Roman name of the city, Hispalis. The population of the city of Seville is around 700,000, ranking as the fourth largest city of Spain. Tim and Miaomiao visited Seville during and after the Christmas of 2010.

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23 photos from Aix-en-Provence
(Provence-Alpes-Côte d`Azur, France)

2014-08-20

Aix-en-Provence is a city-commune in the south of France, about 30 km north of Marseille. It is in the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d`Azur, in the département of Bouches-du-Rhône, of which it is a subprefecture. The population of Aix numbers approximately 143,000. Its inhabitants are called Aixois or, less commonly, Aquisextains. We briefly visited the city in 2014 on our way from Avignon to the airport of Marseille.

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

2010-07-31 - 2010-08-08

Paris is the capital and largest city of France. It is situated on the river Seine, in northern France, at the heart of the Île-de-France region. The city of Paris, within its administrative limits largely unchanged since 1860, has an estimated population of 2,193,031 (January 2007), but the Paris aire urbaine (or metropolitan area) has a population of 11,836,970 (January 2007), and is one of the most populated metropolitan areas in Europe. Paris is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The Paris region receives 45 million tourists annually, 60% of whom are foreign visitors. The city and region contain numerous iconic landmarks, world-famous institutions and popular parks. We visited the city for a second time together in the summer of 2010.

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25 photos from Arnhem
(Gelderland, Netherlands)

2005-12-24

On this trip at the end of 2005, we visited Burgers` Zoo. Burgers` Zoo is a 45-hectare zoo in Arnhem, and is one of the biggest zoos in the country. Arnhem is a city that lies within the Veluwe, a nature park in the east of the Netherlands. The zoo is popular with both Dutch and German people, and receives about 1.5 million visitors annually.

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91 photos from Den Bosch
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2012-08-03

During this Den Bosch trip we did a boat tour over the Binnendieze river, and visited the Saint John`s Cathedral and the Theater aan de Parade festival.

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115 photos from Peterhof
(Northwestern, Russia)

2013-06-25

The Peterhof Palace is a series of palaces and gardens located near Saint Petersburg, Russia, laid out on the orders of Peter the Great. These Palaces and gardens are sometimes referred as the `Russian Versailles`. The palace-ensemble along with the city centre is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We visited Peterhof on a day trip from Saint Petersburg in June 2013.

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84 photos from Keukenhof
(South-Holland, Netherlands)

2007-04-21

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.

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47 photos from Groningen
(Groningen, Netherlands)

2010-12-16

During a short trip to Groningen for work, Tim visited the center of the city, with the Martinitoren, the City Hall, the Academiegebouw, and more.

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104 photos from Dali
(Yunnan, China)

2009-09-05 - 2009-09-06

Dali City is a county-level city in Dali Prefecture, Yunnan province, China. Dali is the ancient capital of both the Bai kingdom Nanzhao, which flourished in the area during the 8th and 9th centuries, and the Kingdom of Dali, which reigned from 937-1253. Dali was also the center of the Panthay Rebellion from 1856-1863. The `new city` is known as Xiaguan and is south of the old city. The old city was built during Ming Dynasty emperor Hongwu`s reign (1368-1398). We visited both the new and the old city, as well as the Three Pagodas, the Chong Sheng Temple, Butterfly Spring Garden and Erhai Lake.

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66 photos from Haikou
(Hainan, China)

2006-01-15 - 2006-02-11

Miaomiao visited her family in Haikou in the winter of 2006. Haikou, situated at the north of Hainan island, is the capital of Hainan Province of the People`s Republic of China and has an estimated population of 830,192 (2006), therefore by far the largest city on the island.

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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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106 photos from Avignon
(Provence-Alpes-Côte d`Azur, France)

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.

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