We are back to visit more Spanish Missions in California. If you are really interested with this topic and want to see more , I already wrote a few posts on other Missions (visited last year and before ). On this trip, we made the plan to see 7 of them. And then be able to say that we saw them all. Do you know how many we can see ? Visiting a Mission ( or a park or a beach) in February has no warranty of good weather but we were lucky when we arrived in Jolon where is located Mission San Antonio de Padua. It is probably the least visited as it is far away from a major city. It sits within the “Valley of the Oaks” on California’s scenic Central Coast.
To share my visits of the Missions, the text will be short, I will rather let the pictures tell the story of what we saw.
It was the 3rd California Mission, founded on July 14,1771. Mission San Antonio appears as it did more than 200 years ago. This mission was named for Saint Antony of Padua, a 13th century Franciscan. I believe he is the saint we think about to “obtain a Grace or to find a lost object”. I know I often invoke him and I also thanked him when i found the object misplaced.
We visited the garden , the museum, a wonderful gift shop ( lots of beautiful art and a very friendly lady who took time to explain where this art was coming from) and the church . It is still an active Catholic parish.
Nice drawing on the walls.
You could buy a little souvenir like this one ! A magnet for my refrigerator!
It was a nice visit. Hopefully more people will go and see it.
On the same day we had time to visit another Mission. You’ll see it on my next post. Thanks so much for reading and if you comment , you know it is greatly appreciated.