Mission San Juan Capistrano – no Zorro here. (Travel Theme: Meeting Places)
Referenced in movies, and heard via the legend of the swallows returning to Mission San Juan Capistrano, I knew it was going to be on our list of ‘must sees’ when in the area. Although I visualized barren rolling hills filled with sage and mustard, and the cries of Zorro thundering through the town on his trusty steed, reality was a somewhat tame, but stunning setting in the town of San Juan Capistrano, Orange County (formerly Las Californias).
Great place to meet some of California’s history. I honestly tried to limit the images I was going to use in the blog – and failed miserably. I was testing out the brand new ‘mega lens’ (Tamron 150-600mm) which happened to come in the day before I left on vacation, having been miserably back-ordered for months all around the world. (Kismet!) So there are a few more ‘details’ than usual. (The kids disappeared off to the Starbucks across the road tiring of ‘one more shot’ here and there – ok, and everywhere.)
A few of the more intricate details.
And the gardens were amazing.
Walking around the town later was a pleasure. It’s been beautifully maintained and restored. The Depot area near the train station has a petting farm, even the law office had picturesque gardens behind the picket fence. And if you want delicious Tapas for lunch, alongside a wonderful white Sangria, Guapas Tapas can help you out!
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