Turns out we could go inside, as the mission was open for mass throughout the day. The museum and shop were closed, but we got some great shots of the exterior parts. What really surprised us, however, is how lovely this mission was--it's one of the lesser-known ones, but it was truly beautiful.
|Truly proud of this picture. The flags, the colors, all that bright blue and|
|Mass had likely just ended; a couple of nuns were|
milling around by the entrance before I took this picture.
|Fr. Junipero Serra|
|The painting in the missions is always fantastic.|
|And the altars are always enormous and colorful.|
|Arches make for cool pictures.|
|We found this garden/courtyard area, and stopped in to look.|
|You can just see the tree in the arch.|
|The oldest pepper tree in California.|
We were ready for lunch by now, so we found a diner in San Luis Rey. Anyone who loves Disney's "Cars" would love this place.
Our next stop would be Mission San Juan Capistrano, and if you think I took a lot of pics at San Luis Rey, well, the next post will be even longer...you'll see why.