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Welcome to our travel website! This site contains all our travel photos since nov. 2003 :: 297 series :: 49422 photos

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

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27 photos from Shaoshan
(Hunan, China)

2009-09-11

Shaoshan is a county-level city in Xiangtan, Hunan Province. It is most popularly known as the birthplace of Mao Zedong, the founder of the People`s Republic of China. We visited Mao`s former residence and other sites related to Mao Zedong.

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117 photos from Barcelona
(Catalonia, Spain)

2006-08-17 - 2006-08-18

Barcelona is the capital and most populous city of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain, with a population of 1,615,908 in 2008, while the population of the Metropolitan Area was 3,161,081. We visited the Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, the Ramblas, and Camp Nou.

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686 photos from Edinburgh
(Scotland, United Kingdom)

2016-10-26 - 2016-10-30

Edinburgh is Scotland`s second most populous city and the seventh most populous in the United Kingdom. The 2014 official population estimates are 464,990 for the city of Edinburgh and 1,339,380 for the city region. Recognised as the capital of Scotland since at least the 15th century, Edinburgh is home to the Scottish Parliament and the seat of the monarchy in Scotland. The city is home to national institutions such as the National Museum of Scotland, the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish National Gallery. It is the largest financial centre in the UK after London. The city`s historical and cultural attractions have made it the United Kingdom`s second most popular tourist destination attracting over one million overseas visitors each year. Historic sites in Edinburgh include Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, the churches of St. Giles, Greyfriars and the Canongate, and the extensive Georgian New Town, built in the 18th century. Edinburgh`s Old Town and New Town together are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We visited Edinburgh in the autumn of 2016.

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183 photos from Hong Kong
(Hong Kong, China)

2007-10-19 - 2007-11-16

A second travel to Hong Kong, and the start and the end of our China tour in 2007. We visited Kowloon, Hong Kong Island, the Avenue of Stars, Victoria Harbour, the Star Ferry, the Peak Tram and Victoria Peak.

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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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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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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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215 photos from Michaelmas Cay
(Queensland, Australia)

2014-09-03

Michaelmas Cay is a reef in Queensland, Australia, 1,409 km northwest of Brisbane and 33 km east of Cairns. It is part of Michaelmas Reef, which forms the north-eastern section of the Arlington reef complex, within the Great Barrier Reef. The vegetation on Michaelmas Cay is characteristic of cays found on the outer barrier reef. Low-growing, it consists of Beach Spinifex, Stalky Grass, Goatsfoot, Bulls-head Vine, Sea Purslane and Tar Vine. Nutrients fertilising the vegetation come from seabird droppings and carcasses. Michaelmas Cay is important as a breeding site for several species of terns. It has been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA) because it supports over 1% of the world populations of Greater and Lesser Crested Terns. Green Turtles sometimes nest on the cays. The surrounding reefs have a rich marine fauna, including Giant Clams. We snorkeled at Michaelmas Cay as part of a Great Barrier Reef tour in September 2014.

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244 photos from Monaco
(Monaco, Monaco)

2010-10-21

Monaco/Monte Carlo, officially the Principality of Monaco, is a small sovereign city-state located in South Western Europe on the northern central coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It is surrounded on three sides by its neighbour, France, and its centre is about 16 km from Italy. Its area is 2.02 km2 with an estimated population of almost 33,000. Monaco is the name of the country and its capital (and only) city. It is famous as a tax haven, and wealthy foreigners make up the majority of the population at approximately 84%. Monaco is a constitutional monarchy and principality, with Prince Albert II as the head of state. The House of Grimaldi has ruled Monaco since 1297, and the state's sovereignty was officially recognized by the Franco-Monegasque Treaty of 1861. Despite Monaco being independent, its national defense is the responsibility of France. Tim and Miaomiao visited the country on a daytrip from Nice in the autumn of 2010.

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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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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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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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105 photos from Efteling
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2013-06-09

A second visit to the Efteling, the largest theme park in the Netherlands.

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28 photos from Hong Kong
(Hong Kong, China)

2007-01-12 - 2007-01-18

Hong Kong is a territory located on China`s south coast on the Pearl River Delta, bordering Guangdong province to the north and facing the South China Sea to the east, west and south. It has a population of 6.9 million people, and is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Miaomiao went to Hong Kong for a scientific conference in January 2007.

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130 photos from Zhengzhou
(Henan, China)

2012-01-31 - 2012-02-02

On our second trip to Zhengzhou, we visited the Henan Provincial Museum and the Zhengdong New Area.

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118 photos from Port Campbell
(Victoria, Australia)

2014-09-12

Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. The town is on the Great Ocean Road, west of the Twelve Apostles, in the Shire of Corangamite. At the 2011 census, Port Campbell had a population of 618. Port Campbell is now a popular tourist destination for visiting the Twelve Apostles, located 12 kilometres to the west of the town and the Port Campbell National Park, as well as maintaining a small crayfishing community. We visited the Gibson Steps, the Twelve Apostles and the Loch Ard Gorge at Port Campbell National Park during our day trip to the Great Ocean Road.

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127 photos from Efteling
(North-Brabant, Netherlands)

2017-04-02

A sixth visit to the Efteling, in the spring of 2017.

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85 photos from Antwerp
(Antwerp, Belgium)

2006-12-23 - 2006-12-24

Antwerp is a city and municipality in Belgium and the capital of the Antwerp province in Flanders, one of Belgium`s three regions. Antwerp`s total population is 472,071. The metropolitan area, including the outer commuter zone, has 1,190,769 inhabitants (2008). Antwerp is the world`s leading diamond city: more than 70% of all diamonds are traded in Antwerp. We visited the Cathedral of Our Lady, the City Hall, the Old Market Square, and Het Steen.

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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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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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221 photos from Nijmegen
(Gelderland, Netherlands)

2007-08-26

Nijmegen, our home town, is a municipality and a city in the east of the Netherlands, near the German border. It is considered to be the oldest city in the Netherlands and celebrated its 2000th year of existence in 2005. Each summer the Gebroeders van Limburg Festival is celebrated, in which people let medieval times come back to life.

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65 photos from Gordes
(Provence-Alpes-Côte d`Azur, France)

2014-08-18

Gordes is a commune in the Vaucluse département in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d`Azur region in southeastern France. The residents are known as Gordiens. The nearest big city is Avignon; smaller cities nearby include Cavaillon, L`Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and Apt. We visited the town and the nearby Sénanque Abbey on a day tour from Avignon in the summer of 2014.

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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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152 photos from Beijing
(Beijing, China)

2016-07-01 - 2016-07-04

On this second trip to Beijing, we visited Miaomiao`s cousin, as well as some spots in the city center, such as Wanshou Park and Beijing West Railway Station.

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109 photos from Grenoble
(Rhône-Alpes, France)

2008-12-30 - 2009-01-01

A new year`s trip to the city of Grenoble, where the city center and the Bastille were visited.

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33 photos from Kleve
(North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)

2007-08-11

Kleve is a city in the north-west of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany, near the Dutch border and the River Rhine. Today it belongs to and is capital of the district of Kleve. Together with Tim`s parents, we visited the city center and the Castle Schwanenburg.

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67 photos from Jaipur
(Rajasthan, India)

2004-10-11 - 2004-10-12

Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan in India. Jaipur is the largest city in Rajasthan and was built in the eighteenth century by Sawai Jai Singh as India`s first planned city. Jaipur is often called the Pink City in reference to its distinctly colored buildings, which were originally painted this color to imitate the red sandstone architecture of Mughal cities. The present earthy red color originates from repainting of the buildings undertaken for a visit by the Prince of Wales in 1876. Tim visited Jaipur in the autumn of 2004, and visited the City Palace, the Jal Mahal, the Birla Temple and the nearby Amber Fort.

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207 photos from Xi`an
(Shaanxi, China)

2007-11-01 - 2007-11-04

Xi`an is the capital of the Shaanxi province in the People`s Republic of China and a sub-provincial city. As one of the oldest cities in Chinese history, Xi`an is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China because it has been the capital (under various names) of some of the most important dynasties in Chinese history. Xi`an is the eastern terminus of the Silk Road and known as the site of the Terracotta Army, made during the Qin Dynasty. The city has more than 3,100 years of history, and was known as Chang`an before the Ming Dynasty. We visited the Huaqing Hot Spring, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Terracotta Army (inside the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum), the Drum and Bell Towers, The City Walls, the Muslim Quarter (with the Great Mosque), and more.

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