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Welcome to our travel website! This site contains all our travel photos since nov. 2003 :: 265 series :: 44085 photos

Number of countries: 32, number of U.S. states: 7, number of Chinese provinces: 11

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113 photos from Agra
(Uttar Pradesh, India)

2004-10-12 - 2004-10-13

Agra, visited by Tim in October 2004, is a city on the banks of the Yamuna River in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India. It is the home of one of the modern World Wonders, the Taj Mahal. Other highlights (and UNESCO World Heritage Sites) include the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. In the nearby city of Sikandra, the Tomb of Akbar the Great was visited.

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40 photos from Haikou
(Hainan, China)

2009-08-30 - 2009-09-18

A third visit to the city of Miaomiao`s parents. We visited some spots in the city center and the harbour.

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58 photos from Tirol
(Tirol, Austria)

2004-03-26 - 2004-04-03

A skiing (and afterski) trip of Tim to the mountain province of Tirol (Austria).

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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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125 photos from Bruges
(West Flanders, Belgium)

2015-05-30

On our second travel to Bruges, we visited the Church of Our Lady, the Markt square, the Burg square and several others places in the city center.

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59 photos from Antwerp
(Antwerp, Belgium)

2014-07-05

On our second trip to Antwerp, we visited the diamond neighbourhood, the Antwerp Central Railway Station, the Chinatown and the Meir shopping street.

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8 photos from Phoenix
(Arizona, USA)

2003-11-14 - 2003-11-21

A SC 2003 Conference visit of Tim to the desert state of Arizona, in the southwest of the USA. Phoenix is the fifth largest city of the United States with a population of 1.5 million.

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358 photos from Madrid
(Madrid, Spain)

2008-05-10 - 2008-05-14

A second visit to Madrid, together with Tim`s father and brother. This time, we visited the Plaza Mayor, Museo del Prado, Royal Palace, Parque del Buen Retiro, Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and more.

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94 photos from Cambridge
(England, United Kingdom)

2009-06-15 - 2009-06-18

The city of Cambridge is a university town and the administrative centre of the county of Cambridgeshire, England. It lies in East Anglia about 50 miles (80 km) north of London. Cambridge is best known as the home of the University of Cambridge, one of the world`s premier universities. The university includes the renowned Cavendish Laboratory, King`s College Chapel, and the Cambridge University Library. Tim visited Cambridge and the nearby town of Hinxton for a course at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) in June 2009. He visited King`s College, Queen`s College, the Peterhouse, and more.

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30 photos from Bronkhorst
(Gelderland, Netherlands)

2016-04-10

Bronkhorst is a village in the municipality of Bronckhorst, Gelderland, the Netherlands. Technically, it is a city and with only 171 inhabitants, it is one of the smallest cities in the Netherlands. Bronkhorst used to be a lordship. The earliest known lord of Bronkhorst was Gijsbert of Bronkhorst, first mentioned in 1140. In the Middle Ages, a castle was erected on the hill nearby the town. It is first mentioned in a 14th-century document. It consisted of a keep and associated buildings and was surrounded by a thick wall and a wide moat. It was sieged several times, most notably in 1582, when after nine months Dutch troops captured the castle, which was occupied by the Spanish. The castle changed hands many times, until its last owner, a merchant, had it demolished in 1828. Bronkhorst is known for its picturesque buildings, and houses a museum dedicated to Charles Dickens which also contains items purchased from the former Dickens museum at Rochester. We visited Bronkhorst in the spring of 2016.

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321 photos from Sintra
(Lisbon, Portugal)

2014-04-25

Sintra is a town within the municipality of Sintra in the Grande Lisboa subregion of Portugal. Owing to its 19th-century Romantic architecture and landscapes, it has become a major tourist centre, visited by many day-trippers who travel from the urbanized suburbs and capital of Lisbon. In addition to the Sintra Mountains and Sintra-Cascais Nature Park, the parishes of the town of Sintra are dotted by royal retreats, estates, castles and buildings from the 8th-9th century, in addition to many buildings completed between the 15th and 19th century, including the Castelo dos Mouros, the Pena National Palace and the Sintra National Palace, resulting in its classification by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1995. Tim and Miaomiao visited the town, its palaces and the nearby Cabo da Roca cape in the spring of 2014 on a day trip from Lisbon.

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82 photos from Goa
(Goa, India)

2004-10-05 - 2004-10-09

Goa is India`s smallest state in terms of area, and is a former Portugese colony. Two of its most important cities, Panaji and Margao, were visited, as well as some of Goa`s many beaches.

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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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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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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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393 photos from Qingdao
(Shandong, China)

2014-01-07 - 2014-01-09

Qingdao, historically known as Tsingtao, is a major city in eastern Shandong Province, Eastern China, with a population of over 8.715 million. It borders Yantai to the northeast, Weifang to the west and Rizhao to the southwest. `Qing` in Chinese means `green` or `lush`, while `dao` means `island`. Qingdao is administered at the sub-provincial level. Lying across the Shandong Peninsula while looking out to the Yellow Sea, Qingdao is a major seaport, naval base, and industrial centre. It is also the site of the Tsingtao Brewery. The world`s longest sea bridge, the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge, links the main urban area of Qingdao with Huangdao district, straddling the Jiaozhou Bay sea areas. Qingdao is named China`s most livable city. We visited, amongst others, the Zhan Qiao Pier, the Signal Hill Park, the Qingdao TV Tower and the May Fourth Square.

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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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33 photos from Doesburg
(Gelderland, Netherlands)

2015-12-25

Doesburg received city rights in 1237. Because of its strategic position along the Oude IJssel and Gelderse IJssel, Doesburg has been an important fortified city for a long time. The fortification of the city made Doesburg an important economic and administrative city. The Martinikerk, the main church in Doesburg is 94 meters tall. For many reasons, many of which have to do with the IJssel decreasing in depth, the prosperity in Doesburg settled after the 15th century. Doesburg changed into a sleepy provincial town and so it would remain until after the second world war. The city was protected in 1974, designated as a historic town. The historical inner city with several museums and many monuments draw thousands of tourists every year. Large tourist attractions are the Main court, the Doesburgse mustard factory and `De Waag`, which according to reports is the oldest public place in the Netherlands. Tim, Miaomiao and Max visited the city during the Christmas of 2015.

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96 photos from Pearcedale
(Victoria, Australia)

2014-09-11

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.

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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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91 photos from Mycenae
(Peloponnese, Greece)

2009-03-10

Mycenae is an archaeological site in Greece, located about 90 km south-west of Athens, in the north-eastern Peloponnese. Argos is 6 km to the south; Corinth, 48 km to the north. From the hill on which the palace was located one can see across the Argolid to the Saronic Gulf. In the second millennium BC Mycenae was one of the major centres of Greek civilization, a military stronghold which dominated much of southern Greece. The period of Greek history from about 1600 BC to about 1100 BC is called Mycenaean in reference to Mycenae. In March 2009, Miaomiao and Tim visited the ancient citadel of Mycenae and the nearby tomb of Clytemnestra as part of a day trip from Athens to the Argolis region of Greece.

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46 photos from Loudi
(Hunan, China)

2009-09-09 - 2009-09-12

Loudi is a city located in central Hunan province, China. It is situated about 110km south west of the provincial capital of Changsha and is considered a small to medium size city within the province. The population of Loudi is just over 4 million while the city proper itself has a population of 1.3 million. We visited Miaomiao`s grandparents at the countryside near Loudi.

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90 photos from Kutna Hora
(Central Bohemia, Czech Republic)

2008-12-26

A day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kutna Hora, with visits to the Bone Church, the town center and the Church of St. Barbara.

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86 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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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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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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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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60 photos from Amsterdam
(North-Holland, Netherlands)

2013-06-14

We visited the Hermitage Amsterdam and the Bloemenmarkt (Flower Market).

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