Mar 4, 2014

travel tuesday // san antonio missions

We had a beautiful adventure strolling through San Antonio's National Missions National Park on a warm late January afternoon. I do not know what I loved most: the well-preserved ruins, the sunshine, or the sweet company I had with two close friends. 
It was a perfect day. 

Four out of the five of San Antonio's  Spanish frontier missions are located here (the fifth is the Alamo), which were originally constructed by the Catholic church to spread Christianity among the natives. The priests and natives lived and worked together, mainly in farming and livestock. 

We only had time to explore two of the four missions, San Jose ("the Queen of the Missions") and  ConcepciĆ³n (the oldest unrestored stone church in the U.S.) 
 San Jose provided sanctuary and cultural community to around three hundred natives
If you want more info about the missions in San Antonio, check here

. . . and here is part one and two of our San Antonio adventures!

11 comments:

  1. That place looks so beautiful and full of history! I'd love to see that one day! We said that we're either going to do a cross country trip the summer before our boys go to college or the summer they're both gone! That place will definitely be on the list!

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    1. You should, Meg! It's amazing! I went to visit my friend and never dreamed we'd have so much fun exploring the historical sites of San Antonio.

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  2. Wow! That looks like a fascinating place to tour! Love the photo of you in front of all the arches

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    1. Thank you, Bethany! It really was! I wish we would have had more time to explore the other missions as well, but these two were just jaw-dropping beauty!

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  3. What a fun adventure! Your photos are beautiful! I have been getting really into U.S.-based travel blogs because I realized the other day that I have been to far more countries than states and I am American! I need to explore more of my own country and your post is certainly inspiration to visit the south!

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    1. Thanks Jacqueline! Yes, I feel the same way about stateside traveling. So much beauty right in our backyard!! I would love to see Napa Valley in California some day soon!

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  4. oh my gosh - the enterance in the stone - GORGEOUS carving work, seriously i was floored!

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  5. I've been to a few missions in San Diego- absolutely gorgeous! Your pictures are beautiful, as usual :)

    Lauren @ How Beautiful Are The Feet

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    1. Thank you, Lauren! I've heard of the SD missions!

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  6. I love the location, great backdrop for those portraits, and i love the stripes!

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