June 20, 2012

mission san diego de alcala ~ gardens

One of my favorite things about visiting the Missions of California is walking through the beautiful and lush gardens that most of them feature.  Perched up on a hill, the San Diego de Alcala Mission was the first one built of the 21 California Missions.  
San Diego de Alcala, the first of the great California Missions, 
marks the birthplace of Christianity in the far West. 
It is California's first church. 

Today visitors can relive the grandeur and excitement 
of more than two centuries of California history and tradition.

The missions were built to be about a one day journey to the next one, starting down from San Diego up to Sonoma.  They are an incredible part of our history here in California, with the most famous being the Mission San Juan Capistrano where the swallows return every year.  

Here, an old palm trunk is swallowed up by a gorgeous bougainvillea.  

Tall spikes of acanthus flowers greet guests.

the inner courtyard 

Beautiful old, simple ironwork.

Hanging succulents grow naturally on pepper trees. 

So, quiet and peaceful.

History of the mission via Mission San Diego
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  1. Breathtaking!
    Linda @ A Toile Tale

  2. Gorgeous pictures and definitely the Missions are one of my fave things about California. I've visit the Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and San Juan Bautista. Love all the rich historical places Cali has to offer.


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