Author: Sunny Jansen

Tulum: Caribbean beauty, dramatic Maya ruins and amazing dives

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Tulum: Caribbean beauty, dramatic Maya ruins and amazing dives Follow that dream! That’s as easy said as done in Tulum Mexico, with its coral-crushed white sand beaches and the sapphire waters of the Mexican Caribbean. Days filled with diving and sunset watching is living the dream. What makes Tulum so attractive...

The cliffs of Etretat from the water

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The cliffs of Etretat from the water We have all seen the famous the cliffs of Étretat in Normandy France on Claude Monets beautiful paintings. The Côte d’Albâtre is also beautiful in reality: a clear blue sea where the white cliffs stand out majestically. The Côte d’Albâtre, the Alabaster Coast,...

The 5th anniversary of sunnyexplores.com

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The 5th anniversary of sunnyexplores.com July 4, 2020 I’m celebrating the 5th anniversary of my travel blog at a time when traveling went from impossible to arduous. Several trips were canceled and even exploring my own country was not possible for a few months. Nature was given time to recover...

Witnessing the birth of a wild foal

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Witnessing the birth of a wild foal April 16, 2020 I supposed to be travelling now. Exploring Belize, diving the epic Blue Hole, hoping for a full moon encounter with whalesharks, searching for Maya ruins in the jungle, a quest for the elusive jaguar. I was so excited about this...

What to see and do in Budapest, Hungary

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What to see and do in Budapest, Hungary December 28, 2019 This year’s city break led me to Budapest, Hungary’s beautiful capital made up of two cities, Buda and Pest, divided by the majestic river Danube. Buda and Pest are connected by 9 bridges, but still they are two very...

Exploring the Dutch waddenisland Texel

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Exploring the Dutch waddenisland Texel November 29, 2019 Texel is the largest of the Dutch waddenislands. For me it has less of an island character then the other islands due to the size and the presence of cars and roads. Still I like to come to Texel. The island has...

Diving in Mexico: the Cenotes in Yucatán

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Diving in Mexico: the Cenotes in Yucatán November 7, 2019 Sunbeams make their way through the cave opening, the turquoise water shimmers in the light, and lianas entwine from the walls into the water. Cenotes are out of this world. Some of them go so deep that even technical divers...

Wildlife adventures: meeting the elusive wolverine in Finland

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Wildlife adventures: meeting the elusive wolverine in Finland October 29, 2019 Mid september I was in Finland hoping to photograph brown bears in their natural habitat. I never expected to encounter wolverines too. The first time I saw a wolverine emerge from the forest at last light, I actually didn’t...

Exploring the Netherlands: Expedition Rottumeroog

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Exploring the Netherlands: Expedition Rottumeroog October 24, 2019 I went on a real expedition in my own country. I love the Dutch Wadden Islands. Every year I visit a few of them. But one island, I had never been to before: the uninhabited island of Rottumeroog. This island belongs to...

A close encounter in Finland, the White Spirit Bear

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A close encounter in Finland, the White Spirit Bear October 18, 2019 Last september I was in Finland in search of the majestic brown bear. Most memorable was a close encounter with a young female who is nicknamed the White Spirit Bear. She is known to frequent this remote area...

Exploring the Dachstein massif in Austria

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Exploring the Dachstein massif in Austria June 29, 2019 If it’s your dream to hike on a glacier surrounded by impressive mountains in a winter wonder land, you have to visit the Dachstein massif in Austria. A small cable car brings you up to 2100 meters altitude and suddenly you...

Visiting Vaduz in the Fürstentum Liechtenstein

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Visiting Vaduz in the Fürstentum Liechtenstein June 12, 2019 On the right bank of the Rhine sandwiched between Switzerland and Austria, lies an old principality called the Fürstentum Liechtenstein. It is a dwarf state that measures only 160 square kilometers. Liechtenstein has high mountains and a surprising amount of culture...

Driving the Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse in Austria

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Driving the Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse in Austria June 5, 2019 The Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse or the Grossglockner High Alpine Road is a road that you must have driven at least once in your life. It is an adventure, an exciting road, comprised of 36 curves and extremely sharp U-turns. The curves are...

Diving in Mexico: the reefs of Cozumel

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Diving in Mexico: the reefs of Cozumel May 24, 2019 Diving the Cozumel Reefs is pure enchantment: deep walls, colorful corals and exotic reef fish in all colors you can imagen. The famous Jacques Cousteau was awe struck when he discovered the reefs of Cozumel in 1959. He listed Cozumel...

Cobá, the Mayan city in the Mexican jungle

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Cobá, the Mayan city in the Mexican jungle May 21, 2019 Cobá is a Mayan city in the middle of the Mexican jungle. People already lived in Cobá around the year 100 BC. The flowering period of the city was between 200 and 600 AD but also afterwards the city...

Diving in Mexico: Tulum Reef dives

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Diving in Mexico: Tulúm Reef dives May 8, 2019 Beach town Tulúm is famous for many reasons: it has stunning coastlines with a sapphire sea and white sand beaches, dramatically located oceanside Maya ruins and mysterious cenotes. And don’t forget the diving: a stay in Tulum guarantees great diving! Tulúm...