We had plenty of time before the sunset & I had stated I really wanted to visit the mission in the area. Vinh gave in & we headed to Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo just a mile or so away from the beach. The mission was absolutely gorgeous & I would say the prettiest of the three I have been to so far.
View of the mission from the outside
Front of the basilica church
Fountain near the basilica
Vinh spouting water out of his nose instead of his mouth
After walking through the cemetary, we found ourselves in the middle courtyard where we saw something written on one of the walls. We found out that on the day Vinh was born, it was the 200-year anniversary of Father Junipero Serra's passing. Talk about a little creepy, right? We also found out that the mission was built on June 3rd, a day after my birthday, hehe.
Father Serra passed away 200 years ago on Vinh's birthday!
After seeing the writing, we walked into the middle courtyard & we first passed by this little corner that reminded me of Italy. Maybe I should just move to Italy, hehe. I loved the feel of that corner for sure & Vinh did as well, which is strange because he'd usually make fun of my hopeless romantic daydreams. The middle courtyard was huge, but it had a very calming feel to it.
This scene reminds me of Italy
Remember how Vinh was born 200 years after Father Serra's passing? Well after we entered the basilica and saw the front, we saw that Father Serra was laid to rest at the front of the basilica. Pope John Paul II came to visit the basilica in 1987 & laid a wreathe at the foot of Father Serra's grave. Two years later, Pope John Paul II beatified Father Serra in Rome two years later.
Inside the basilica
To the right at the front of the church, there were remnants of Father Serra's original coffin. When Father Serra was first buried, the location was never written down. Thus, the search for his body started and when they did find & identified his body, the people in charge put his body in a new metal coffin because his old coffin started to decay in the ground.
Pieces of wood from Father Serra's coffin
Father Serra's sleeping quarters
After finishing our visit at Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo, we headed off to the beach! It was super cold out, but we decided to take a walk along the beach anyways. There must have been a dog walking club because there were like 20 dogs there with their owners. Afterwards, we drove around the area & we both fell in love with the old style of houses around there. Some were like mini castles! I would not mind living in Carmel except that everyone seems rich & two decades older than we were. We sat in the care until the sun started to set & it was gorgeous even though it was still mostly cloudy.
Sun is shining through the clouds
Sun is starting to set & shine through
Bye bye sun
Time to leave before we freeze our booties off!
For dinner, we went to the pier in Monterey since we wanted fresh seafood. With our bellies full, we headed home after a lovely day in Carmel :)