Staycation: San Juan Capistrano Mission

July 23, 2014

Hello, friends!  I am out of town this week, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to share my mini day trip to the San Juan Capistrano Mission last week.  My mom, my brother’s girlfriend, Jessica, and myself decided to spend the day in south Orange County.  First, we hit up the Carlsbad outlet mall, grabbed some lunch and did a little shopping.  Next, we headed back up to San Juan Capistrano to visit the historic mission, the highlight of our staycation.

As I am sure every California-native knows, the California Missions are a huge part of our state history, and the San Juan Capistrano Mission is no exception.  Beautiful flowers fill up the gardens while Monarch butterflies flutter on ocean breezes amid the remains of the massive stone and timber buildings.  Full of rich and interesting history and a beautiful place to visit, I highly recommend it to anyone in the area or anyone passing through!


I hope you enjoyed my trip to the mission as much as I did, and, as always, thanks for reading!  Love, Kristi :)


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  • sistasfromcali

    Your pictures are so pretty and We love your shoes. We hope you had a great time.

    July 23, 2014 at 8:53 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you! I am obsessed with these shoes! They are from Nike and they are super comfortable, perfect for walking around all day!! :)

      July 23, 2014 at 11:18 am Reply
  • Jasmine

    Beautiful pictures! Love your comfy outfit for a day of browsing.

    July 23, 2014 at 11:42 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you!! This dress is one of my favorites – so comfy and perfect for walking around! :)

      July 23, 2014 at 11:44 am Reply
  • Wink n Pout

    It’s such a beautiful place… absolutely love your photography !!
    Love, Wink n Pout
    Blog , App

    July 23, 2014 at 4:03 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you so much!! It is absolutely beautiful and really interesting to see how people lived over 100 years ago! :)

      July 23, 2014 at 4:19 pm Reply
  • PlungingSilk

    What a beautiful Place!!! You look adorable . :)

    July 23, 2014 at 6:07 pm Reply
  • SweetCandyDreamer

    Pretty pics and sounds like it was a lovely time :-) x

    July 24, 2014 at 3:44 am Reply
  • Nout @ SandpaperKissesBlog

    Wow, it’s really beautiful. I can’t get enough of bougainvillea flowers, I see them when I travel to CA and FL and wish I could take them back to NC with me. My mom will be moving to California in the next month (she got a job in Bakersfield) so I’ll have to start getting to know the state better! thanks for sharing:)

    August 5, 2014 at 9:24 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Yes, I love bougainvillea!! That is so exciting, you will have to come out to California and visit Orange County!! ;)

      August 5, 2014 at 5:26 pm Reply

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