Off I went with mt Dodge Durango weighed down with Texas Gold, straight on till morning...I was on a Mission!
Well, that lasted all the way from Weimer to San Anton & then I started seeing those damned brown signs. It's like taking a drunk to the bar & expecting him not to order a drink...I know, I'm sick!!! lol
Do they have a National Park 12 step program??? LOL
What truly perked my little eyes & ears, was that it seems unknowingly to me that San Antonio has a series of 4 Missions that are part of the National Park System. Hummmmm, what a coincidence...if you look on my sidebar you will notice under things I LOVE, that I am also a California Mission Junky.
Wow...two birds with 1 stone. I can get a few more stamps in my Passport Book & check out some Mission Love all at the same time. I mean what was I suppose to do??? Just drive by when I saw the turnoff? So even though the car was on cruise control at the leisurely Texas speed of 80 miles an hour & I really WAS trying to have SOME self control...I slammed on the brakes, took the turnoff & followed my favorite little brown signs.
Maybe it was a sign from God that I go, right?
It could have been!
This group of missions is called The San Antonio Missions National Historic Park & they are truly spectacular gems!
The 1st in the tour of 4, is the wondrous Mission Concepcion with it's hand~painted religious murals & glorious chapel.
How beautiful is this chapel, the painting, the lighting...it was breathtaking! Now this mission is awesome, but my favorite was number 2...
Mission San Jose, The Queen of the Missions! Founded in 1770, to me it is the mission of arches, an architects dream, my dream.
Again...hello, does anybody notice that you can't take a bad picture in this state cuz those sky's are just soooo blue & the grass & trees couldn't be any greener.
Did I mention it has arches,
in front of other arches, that are in front of some more arches?
I am in love with all of these arches!
Then, off in the distance, I saw THIS window...looks pretty cool right?
Well, come to find out, this Rose Window is considered to be one of the finest pieces of Spanish Colonial ornamentation in the country. Heavenly, this window is like looking at heaven.
After taking at least 40 pics of the window I turned towards the bell tower, just as the chimes began to ring noon...it was magical!
Now..heading towards the chapel doors, I'm greeted by these classical ornate concrete statues & cravings, can we just say WOW!
This could be any Capella in Italy, truly... it is that wonderful.
A simple iron door pull,