You may already know that I love birds. In fact, toucans are one of my favorites, so I was very excited yesterday to see toucans hanging out in the trees next to my sister-in-law’s house. This was taken at dusk from the kitchen window. Check out yesterday’s photo of the week of a papaya tree. Subscribe to [...]
The fruit trees in Brazil impressed me the first time I visited back in 2000 and still do all these visits later. Banana, coffee, mango, jackfruit, citrus, and papaya trees are very common. The huge fruit hanging from jackfruit, banana, and papaya trees almost seem unreal. This papaya tree is one of two in my [...]
Staying at my sister-in-law’s house is a great way to experience life in rural Brazil. She lives in a small city one hour north of the megacity São Paulo, and even though it’s not exactly farm living, there are rural aspects of life at her house. Besides chewing on sugar cane from the garden, roasting coffee [...]
Summer is my favorite time of year. I love the time off work, the time for travel and family, and the heat. I also love all the things that summer means at home in Northern California. As part of the theme of Summer on this week’s FriFotos series on Twitter, here is a collection of [...]
Brazilian ceramics are like Brazil. They are colorful and bold and exude happiness. Peacocks made from clay are very common and traditional in the southern parts of Brazil. Check out yesterday’s photo of the day of coffee in Brazil. Subscribe to the Photo of the Day feed here (look for “RSS feed for this section” in the upper right).
My first stop after arriving in Brazil is always the coffee bar in the São Paulo airport. Brazilians love good coffee and drink it Italian style, in small ceramic cups standing up at a bar. Check out yesterday’s photo of the day of Paraty, Brazil. Subscribe to the Photo of the Day feed here (look for “RSS feed for this section” in [...]
One of the most beautiful places I have been is the coast of Brazil between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo states. The Rio-Santos highway travels between the ocean and the mountains, providing gorgeous scenery at every turn, and the colonial town of Paraty is no exception. Besides sleepy islands, perfectly preserved colonial architecture, and quaint [...]
I fell in love with Prague standing on Charles Bridge one cold morning in 1996 and have loved it since then. On my last visit, the weather was bad–it was late May, yet we had rain, cold, wind, and lots of clouds. In a way, the volatile weather gave the Charles Bridge more mystique. Check out [...]
Welcome! I'm Jenna. This Is My Happiness reflects my passion for culture, art, and travel. I write about these topics with the aim of providing a deeper look at destinations. I also write for Travel Mindset and am an AFAR ambassador.