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Welcome to our travel website! This site contains all our travel photos since nov. 2003 :: 377 series :: 59108 photos

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

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53 photos from Brussels
(Brussels, Belgium)

2007-04-06

Brussels is the capital of Belgium. It has grown from a 10th-century fortress town founded by Charlemagne`s grandson into a metropolis of more than one million inhabitants. The metropolitan area, including the outer commuter zone, covers a total area of 4,127 km2, covering the Capital-Region and 103 surrounding municipalities, and has a population of almost 2.7 million. We visited the Grand Place, the Town Hall, and Manneken Pis.

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31 photos from Stanford
(California, USA)

2009-06-09

The Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly referred to as Stanford University or Stanford, is a private research university located in Stanford, California, United States. Miaomiao visited the university in the summer of 2009.

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48 photos from Schengen
(Grevenmacher, Luxembourg)

2014-06-09

Schengen is a small wine-making village and commune in far south-eastern Luxembourg, near the tripoint where the borders of Germany, France, and Luxembourg meet. As of 2005, the commune has a population of 1527 with an area of 10.63 square kilometres. In 1985, the Schengen Agreementw, which led to the creation of Europe`s borderless Schengen Area in 1995, was signed here. Tim and Miaomiao visited the town in June 2014, and followed the Route du Vin from Schengen to the north side of the country.

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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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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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316 photos from Sanya
(Hainan, China)

2016-07-18 - 2016-07-21

On this third trip to Sanya, we visited resorts in Sanya Bay and Haitang Bay.

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27 photos from Sagunto
(Valencia, Spain)

2006-08-21

Sagunto, formerly Murviedro, is an ancient city in Eastern Spain, in the modern fertile district of Camp de Morvedre in the province of Valencia. It is located in a hilly site, c. 30 km north of Valencia, close to the Costa del Azahar on the Mediterranean Sea. We visited the Roman theater and the Old Jewish Quarter.

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170 photos from Shangri-La
(Yunnan, China)

2009-09-06 - 2009-09-07

Shangri-La County is a primarily Tibetan county in northwestern Yunnan Province in southwest China and the capital of Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. The county was formerly called Zhongdian County but was renamed in 2001 after the fictional land of Shangri-La in the 1933 James Hilton novel Lost Horizon, in an effort to promote tourism in the area. The local Tibetan population refers to it by the name Gyalthang. We visited the town in September 2009, as well as the nearby Tiger Leaping Gorge and Potatso National Park.

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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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128 photos from Maastricht
(Limburg, Netherlands)

2015-05-12

During this second visit to Maastricht, Tim visited the Vrijthof square, the Basilica of Saint Servatius, the Hoge Fronten area, the ruins of Castle Lichtenberg and the Sint-Pietersberg hill.

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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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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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239 photos from Cairns
(Queensland, Australia)

2014-09-02 - 2014-09-06

Cairns is a regional city in the far north of Queensland, Australia, founded 1876. The city was named after William Wellington Cairns, then-current Governor of Queensland. It was formed to serve miners heading for the Hodgkinson River goldfield, but experienced a decline when an easier route was discovered from Port Douglas. It later developed into a railhead and major port for exporting sugar cane, gold and other metals, minerals and agricultural products from surrounding coastal areas and the Atherton Tableland region. As of June 2012, the population is approximately 142,528. Cairns is located about 1,700 km from Brisbane. It is a popular travel destination for foreign tourists because of its tropical climate. It serves as a starting point for people wanting to visit the Great Barrier Reef and Far North Queensland. We visited Cairns in September 2014.

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185 photos from Helsinki
(Southern Finland, Finland)

2008-05-19 - 2008-05-21

Helsinki is the capital and largest city of Finland. It is in the southern part of Finland, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, by the Baltic Sea. The population of the city of Helsinki is 574,104 (2008), making it the most populous municipality in Finland by a wide margin. Miaomiao attended a conference here in May 2008.

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67 photos from Wageningen
(Gelderland, Netherlands)

2015-05-05

We visited Wageningen, the city in which the German General Johannes Blaskowitz surrendered to Canadian General Charles Foulkes at the end of the Second World War, for the second time during Liberation Day 2015.

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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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84 photos from Boxtel
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2018-05-04

A second visit to the Oertijdmuseum, in the spring of 2018.

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70 photos from Breda
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2018-09-09

We visited Castle Bouvigne and its gardens in the summer of 2018 during the Open Monumentendag.

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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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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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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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260 photos from Genoa
(Liguria, Italy)

2013-10-08

Genoa is the capital of Liguria and the sixth largest city in Italy, with a population of 604,848 within its administrative limits on a land area of 243.6 km2. Over 1.5 million people live in the metropolitan area. Genoa is one of Europe`s largest cities on the Mediterranean Sea and the largest seaport in Italy. Genoa has been nicknamed la Superba (`the Superb one`) due to its glorious past and impressive landmarks. Part of the old town of Genoa was inscribed on the World Heritage List (UNESCO) in 2006. The city`s rich art, music, gastronomy, architecture and history allowed it to become the 2004 European Capital of Culture. It is the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. Tim and Miaomiao traveled to the city on a daytrip from the Cinque Terre region in the autumn of 2013, and visited the Royal Palace, the Aquarium of Genoa, the St. Lawrence Cathedral and more.

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96 photos from Longkou
(Shandong, China)

2014-01-05

Longkou, formerly Huang County, is a port city in northeastern Shandong province, People`s Republic of China, facing the Bohai Sea to the north and the Laizhou Bay to the west. Longkou, a county-level city, is administered by the prefecture-level city of Yantai. The total population of Longkou is 620,000. We visited the Nanshan Temple and a fish restaurant on the seaside.

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127 photos from Yongding
(Fujian, China)

2014-01-14

Yongding is a county under the jurisdiction of Longyan prefecture-level city, in the southwest of Fujian Province, People`s Republic of China. It is the home of many Hakka families. Yongding has a population of about 400,000, of which more than 99% are Hakka, the rest being Minnan people. We visited the Gaobei Tulou Cluster on a day trip from Xiamen.

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127 photos from Keukenhof
(South-Holland, Netherlands)

2014-04-12

In the spring of 2014, we visited the Keukenhof gardens for the second time.

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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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249 photos from Valencia
(Valencia, Spain)

2006-08-13 - 2006-08-22

Valencia is the capital of the Spanish autonomous community of Valencia and its province. It is the third largest city in Spain and the 21st largest in the European Union. We visited the Cathedral, the beach, the Plaça de l`Ajuntament, the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, and much more.

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221 photos from The Hague
(North-Holland, Netherlands)

2006-07-08 - 2006-07-09

The Hague is the third-largest city in the Netherlands after Amsterdam and Rotterdam, with a population of 475,904. During this two-day trip we visited Scheveningen, Madurodam and Binnenhof.

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