When we were in California, one of the things on my to do list
was to visit the city and the Mission of San Juan Capistrano.
I remember my mom singing the song, “When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano”
by the Ink Spots.
I have heard the story of the Swallows and wanted to make certain that we
visited the Mission of San Juan Capistrano and the beautiful gardens.
I so loved their water gardens at the Mission.
One of the gardens was filled with beautiful Koi.
I discovered the Depth of Field setting on my iPhone and love it!
Here is what the above photo looks like taken farther back
without the Depth of Field setting …. totally different!
While in California, I noticed that there are lots of succulents
used in outdoor gardens and also indoors.
I am rethinking my future indoor plant purchases and using more succulents
as they are beautiful and require little maintenance.
I knew that I was going to enjoy the tour of this famous Mission
where large groups of Swallows (approximately 15,000)
migrate from Argentina to San Juan Capistrano.
The return of the Swallows is celebrated on St. Joseph’s Day . . . March 19th.
It was a beautiful day with temps in the 70’s and not a cloud in the sky.
The Mission is the oldest building in California still in use.
The Sacred Garden:
The Southern California weather lends to such beautiful flowers and gardens.
The mission that was founded in 1776 by Spanish Catholics of the Franciscan Order
has been lovingly restored through the years.
The Serra Chapel was breathtaking!
Again, it was a most beautiful, beautiful day.
We started out the day having breakfast in the quaint town of San Juan Capistrano.
We ate at the Ramos Cafe on the porch of a house built in 1881.
This was the best French Toast ever! Blueberry French toast with lemon sauce.
And here we are after a wonderful lunch by the water at the Hotel Del Coronado.
We squeezed in a lot of sights in the few extra days that we had in Southern California.
I am still recovering from the trip and hope to get lots of things done around the house.
I have lots of things to share and some of this includes
a trip to my favorite consignment shop, Always Home in Durham, N.C.
Have a most beautiful day everyone!