Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Walking Tour of San Juan Capistrano

Let's continue our tour of San Juan Capistrano today with Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday. Please pay her a visit for more outdoor adventures. Remember the Lemon Blossom League? If you haven't yet seen our tea luncheon please click here, you're in for a treat! I think Candy and I look rather lemony, don't you agree? So, c'mon and follow us girls as we take a walking tour of San Juan Capistrano.

This is a private residence on the historic Los Rios Street, California's oldest neighborhood.

Some homes have been converted into businesses, like this cottage boutique. Allison @ A Little Shabby Always Chic asked me if I visited the shop across the street from the tea house. Yes I did, Allison, and it was wonderful!

This was a vacant house for rent. Guess how much? A whopping $3,500/month and it looks like a fixer, too.

One home was turned into a museum.

A man named Sr. Garcia built this home in the 1800's. According to the docent, he refused to sell his property, then he was murdered. Sounds like something from a Wild West flick. His ghost is reportedly seen on the front porch smoking his cigar. I didn't know ghosts could smoke cigars. Well, no spooks here, let's go inside.

This home, though modest, boasts modern conveniences for its time.

I will no longer complain about my laundry or about my refrigerator space!

I thought the shape of this commode was interesting. Naughty, naughty, someone left the seat up!

Just a couple of blocks over is the famous Mission San Juan Capistrano.

4th grade students in California are required to study the missions and create mission models.

A statue of Father Junipero Serra with a Native American boy greets visitors.

This is the very rustic dining room of the padres.

The Father Serra Chapel is small but ornate. Masses continue to be held here today.

I hope you enjoyed a tour of one of California's gems, San Juan Capistrano. Thanks for visiting and Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

Till next time,


Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Now that was some tour!

Great shots.

I would really enjoy renting one of those spots.


Hootin' Anni said...

I've been there....it's so gorgeous yet so awe inspiring!!

My Outdoor Wednesday is now posted. It's a slideshow of our Star's Walk of Fame. Come by and view if you can. I'd love to have your company....

debbie said...

Happy Outdoor Wednesday Lorna,
thank you so much for sharing this beautiful place.....I was enjoying it so much I hated to see it end
I feel like Claudia...one of those houses to rent would be fabulous...
loved this post very, very much

Kammy said...

Hi Lorna !
I love your post....
Really love that shabby chic store....
That house - wow we have come a long way baby..I don't like that fridge either !
The mission - very beautiful.
I don't remember having to study missions but , maybe it wasn't a requirement of the 70's. I grew up in the Bay Area...mostly until I was in high school.
Hugs ~ Kammy

Becky K. said...

Hi Lorna,

This was a great tour. All of you ladies looked so pretty too.

I loved the flowers and the old buildings. Beautiful.

Thanks for visiting me at Hospitality Lane.

Becky K.

bj said...

Wonderful tour...thanks.

Ebie said...

Hi Lorna, the mission is beautiful. We have always planned to stop at San Juan Capistrano, every time we drive to San Diego, but always missed it. Glad to know fellow Filipino bloggers. When you are in my neck of the woods, we can meet up! Lemony? How about Mellow Yellow! Haha!

Crystal said...

Oh Lorna, What a great day you must have had, with all those ladies. You all look so pretty.
This was a great tour of San Juan Capistrano. I doubt I will ever make it to California, so thanks for the tour.

Kristine said...

Beautiful pictures and it looks like you had a great time.

I love your hat by the way! SO pretty.


Anonymous said...

Hi Lorna~
What a great tour of San Juan Capistrano! We have actually been there while on vacation several years ago. Did not see all of these wonderful places, tho (because of time). We did visit the mission...just so beautiful!Truly a charming place to spend the day. You all look so beautiful!
Thanks so much for sharing~~

Keetha Broyles said...

It is so fun to see these places with you!!

ellen b. said...

Love this post Lorna! It's just my kind of adventure :0)
I'm going to have to venture to the South of O.C. soon...

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

I feel like I've been there now after seeing your wonderful pictures...thanks

Mary said...

What wonderful photographs. I really loved touring with you. It's fun to see places through the eyes of others. Have a wonderful day.

Marie said...

Hi Lorna- I enjoyed seeing your photos of your group's tour of SJC! SJC is one of the places I luv to visit and always make it a point to go to the teahouse on Los Rios. I live in Oceanside CA and it's only about 45 minutes away from me. Your group seems fun and would luv to hear more about it.

stefanie said...

wow, thanks for the mini vacation!!!

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Thanks for taking us along on this wonderful tour. So interesting. I love the personal stories of history like to the murdered man's ghost. What a beautiful and fascinating place. Thanks for sharing.


Brenda said...

What an interesting and informative post! I love the gingerbread trim on that one house. But that's a lot to pay to lease the "fixer-upper." Wow! Wouldn't get those prices in Texas. Don't know quite what I think about ghosts... Lovely tour!

Janie's World said...

That was a great tour of SJC. I love the gardens at the mission, they are fantastic. My daughter took her engagement photos there this time last year. So beatuiful.

mbkatc230 said...

What a lovely tour! I can't get over the rent for that house. I think my favorite is the chapel, how beautiful, and what a wonderful place to attend mass. Happy Outdoor Wednesday. Kathy

Allidink said...

Sweeet! I love going down there I go way too often though as evident by my lack of funds LOL. We totally should go this summer! Yay! And you went to the mission too how fun :) Right across from the mission is a famous taco place called Pedro's tacos and there is one other one in San Clemente. Love it!

All the best,

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Lorna, I loved that virtual tour! Your photos are beautiful, and you and your friends are beautiful. This was a fabulouis post. laurie

xinex said...

I really enjoyed the tour, Lorna. The altar is amazing and the old houses are very charming. And you and your friend are lovely!..Christine

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