Tuesday, July 26, 2011


                                                        Mission San Juan Capistrano

A gorgeous bright blue Southern Cal day for a little outdoor touring.  We traveled down from Laguna Beach to Capistrano to see the famous Mission San Juan Capistrano where the swallows return home to their little nests every year. 

California mission style is one of my favorites.  Open courtyards, arches, corridors, tile roofs and lush plantings.  I could have stayed in this spot all day.  But my 13 year-old niece loves to explore so let's get walking.

Look at the peonies just outside the old rooms of the missionaries.

The remains of the Great Stone Church, destroyed in an 1812 earthquake.

During the earthquake, over forty people were killed while attending Mass including two boys who were in charge of ringing the bells in the old bell tower.

Koi Pond

Wouldn't you love to have these benches dotting your property? 

The new chapel

The very well-organized kitchen garden

Close your eyes.  Can you smell the lavender? Hmmm, oh, and a little hint of oranges, too. 

Here are the cozy little mud nests of the swallows who return every March 19th and depart sometime in October

Time for a rest in the shade.

Shoes that shout, "I'm on vacation!"

One last look.  

Mission San Juan Capistrano is run by a non-profit organization receiving no funds from any governments or the Catholic church.


  1. Loved the tour! Almost as good as being there -- but now I want to go for real...

  2. Jennifer: I know you guys will love it. It is a treat for the eyes.

  3. How lovely. Thanks.
    Living in the cool northeast of England, this trip transported me to the warmth and beauty of your part of the world. Next best thing to being there.

  4. Enid: Thanks so much for stopping by. I love the "cool northeast of England" and wish I were there right now! The high here in Phoenix today was around 110 degrees.