Happy Travel Tuesday everyone!! I hope a good time was had by all this past weekend, whether you were celebrating the 4th or just the weekend itself (smile). Independence day is by far my favorite holiday primarily because it’s laid back and has all of the essentials – friends, family, food, fireworks – without a lot of the obligations of other holidays.
I was fortunate enough to be able to drive over to California to visit the BFF for the weekend and we had an amazing time! The fireworks along the coast were simply spectacular and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate (unless maybe with a few of my own…smile).
In addition to the usual holiday festivities, we also made a short trip over to the Mission San Juan Capistrano. I had spotted this gem on TripAdvisor, but had no idea just how much it had to offer! We arrived a little late to take full advantage, but we were able to take a full tour and spend some quality time on the lovely grounds. Historical and beautiful – always a winning combination! (smile)
The Mission is located in present-day San Juan Capistrano, Orange County, southern California. It was founded in 1776 by Spanish Catholics of the Franciscan Order. The “Great Stone Church” was unfortunately leveled in an earthquake in 1812, although portions of the remaining ruins are accessible (and rather impressive still).
The Mission has the distinction of being home to the oldest building in California still in use – Serra’s Chapel, which was built in 1782. A special prayer room is dedicated to Saint Peregrine, patron saint of cancer sufferers and may be accessed from Serra’s Chapel.
The Criolla or “Mission grape” was first planted at San Juan Capistrano in 1779, producing the first Alta California wine in 1783. I would guess this was very convenient for “communion” purposes (smile).
Perhaps my favorite part of the Mission grounds was the central courtyard garden and koi pond. The colors were absolutely gorgeous and the fish seemed happy enough to pose for photos (with minimal inducement really). Overall, it was a genuinely peaceful and glorious afternoon! (smile)
Did you go anywhere over the weekend??