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Mission San Juan Capistrano

Written by Mark Holmes on .

Between Christmas and New Year we took a trip to San Juan Capistrano to vist the mission there. The mission was founded in 1776 and is one of the best known and most beautiful missions of Alta California. Contained in the grounds of the mission is the oldest building in California still in use, a chapel built in 1782.

 We were amazed to find how colorful the gardens were, even in December. It turned out to be a really excellent location to do some photography. I thoroughly recommend you going for the day if you are not already familiar with the location.

San Juam Capistrano is 67 miles north of San Diego on the Interstate 5 freeway, but we decided to take the train from downtown San Diego. It was a very pleasant trip with good views from the train along the way. The San Juan Capistrano train station is situated right in the heart of the old town, called the Los Rios Historic District, just a short walk from the mission. After spending the morning at the mission, we had lunch in the town and then did more photography in the historic district. It is very small, just a single street with old cottages most of which were converted to small stores, but there were plenty of subjects to photograph.

On the way home again on the train, we watched a lovely sunset over the Pacific as we enjoyed a glass of wine. Great day out!