Carmel-by-the-Sea, also known as Carmel, just might be the cutest town in the United States. It’s an unusual combination that I just can’t define in a few words: buildings decorated with Spanish tiles, English-style cottages, 40 courtyards and passageways, too-cute shops and cafes, one of California’s most beautiful historic missions, and a unique beach at [...]
When the going gets tough, I wish I were at the ocean. Last year I was fortunate to spend two relaxing vacations on the Monterey Peninsula on California’s central coast. There are many things I love about the area (cypress trees, wildlife, stunning coastline, funky details, super-cute towns, great food and wine…), but probably the [...]
I could have easily walked by these calla lilies tucked in a corner at the back of the historic Carmel Mission. I’m glad I didn’t. There they were, standing proudly in front of the crumbling walls of the old church. There are so many beautiful details at the mission and in the city of Carmel, [...]
The California missions were built by the Spanish all along the California coast in the 18th and 19th centuries. With their influence of European architecture and art, they are rustic, historic, and, I think, very beautiful. This was taken in the courtyard of the Carmel Mission in the seaside town of Carmel, California. Have you been [...]
The historic Carmel Mission sits in an unexpected location, next to a high school and across the street from a residential neighborhood in the beautiful town of Carmel, California. We whiz by in the car, unaware that it is there until we suddenly see the imposing, old-world look of its church. I know I have [...]
I don’t go out much at night. The reason is simple– I have two little kids. I didn’t always prefer to stay in. Some of my favorite travel memories are of the dark hours, walking historic centers, planting myself in underground bars and wine cellars for live music and long conversation, admiring architecture lit up [...]
People are different. I spent the last week traveling with my husband, my two little kids, and my in-laws from Brazil. We stayed in a really nice house with a view of the Pacific Ocean from the deck. We loved it. I arrived with a list of things I wanted to do but quickly realized [...]
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.