Today we drove to lite town of Solvang to see one of the Spanish missions, Mission Santa Inés. This one is known as the hidden gem of missions. There are a total of 21 missions located along the California coast between San Diego and shortly north of San Francisco. The Spanish explorers arriving to the new world believed that it was God's will that they spread the gospel and convert as many of the natives as possible. These Missions therefore resulted as a cultural mix between the Hispanic and California Indian cultures.
Some have been preserved very well preserved and in historic state and others have had to face some modifications and make overs. It was the Camino Real that linked these mission outposts.
They are all very beautiful built in adobe structures. The bell towers are probably one of the most beautiful parts.
For 5 dollars you get the self guided tour of the inside of the mission as well as the pretty gardens belonging to the Mission.
The gardens are particularly pretty and peaceful. Citrus trees with both oranges and lemons grew here. A small fountain in the center. A beautiful pergola with blooming Wisteria.
The Wisteria was at it's very peak and blooming. So pretty.
This is the court yard and gardens of Santa Inez.
We visted a second mission which was The Mission of Santa Barbara. This one is considered to be the Queen of the Missions, famous for it's twin bell towers, gorgeous gardens and collection of rare artworks. This is one of the most beautiful and most frequently photographed buildings of Coastal California. It was built in 1786.
One of it's famous bell towers. I can't but agree it is very beautiful.
Candles lit in pretty glas jars.
Down here a long the Southern Coast the climate is great. Today we have driven the Mustang almost all day with the top down and it has been around 70 F or 20 C. I actually realized I had to put sun screen on as my arms were turning red. So maby I will come home with a little bit of a tan anyway after the cold start we had in the mountains and north it feels great to get some of the warm sunshine as well.
Driving down one of the streets in Santa Barbara. Me and C had our lunch under the shade of one of the trees growing on the Mission grounds. A prefect little picknick spot.
The plan for tomorrow is to drive on to the desert and to the Joshua Tree National Park. So after all I could not leave without a visit to the desert.