Saturday, 15 June 2013

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Celebrated Father's Day in San Juan Capistrano, too late in the season to see swallows, but perfect day for admiring the architecture, succulents, fountains and bells.

Derek, our tour guide, kept us hustling around the grounds for a full hour.

Here are some highlights...

The seventh of the twenty-one missions founded in California, Mission San Juan Capistrano is often referred to as the 'Jewel of the Missions'.

It is perhaps best known for the annual 'Return of the Swallows' which is traditionally observed every March 19th on Saint Joseph's Day.

Man-made nests, as shown below, are being used to entice the dwindling swallow population.

Books, such as this one, found in the gift shop...

are perhaps used to fill the church pews.

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