Thursday, March 6, 2008

San Juan Capistrano Mission, CA (Wed.3/5)

Started in 1776, it is one of the 21 in the chain of missions started by Fr. Junipero Serra.

The old stone church (destroyed in an earthquake) was the largest building made by the Spanish in California. They pressed grapes and made their own wine... of course. They provided housing for Spanish soldiers and converted the Native Americans who the lived and died basically inside the Mission.

Tickets included an audio tour which is good for us reading impaired and this place didn't have a ton to read any way.

A beautiful garden in the central courtyard.

Not a place for the boys to tear around, so it was more "museum mode". The laws of physics change in museums - "A boy in motion tends to stay in motion and a boy at rest temporarily fell down and soon will be in motion". Which makes it hard but we enjoyed it.

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