Margarita's Day

"Mission Concepcion"

My friend and I visited the San Antonio Missions Friday. It was her birthday and she wanted to do something different. I'm always up for different. I enjoy outings such as these, especially with my dear friend "Margarita Chachacha". She is always so busy with her work. I had to force her to take the day off. The weather was beautiful, sunny and mild, temps in the 70's. It gave us a good reason to drive around with the top down in my beautiful new car. We were in heaven. I felt like I was in another world and yet so close to home!
San Antonio has five missions. The Alamo is the most famous, but we did not visit the Alamo. We've seen it numerous times and it's smack dab in the middle of downtown with too much traffic and way too many tourist.
We visited Mission San Jose, Mission Concepcion, Mission
San Juan Capistrano, and Mission Espada. I had never in my 27 years of living here in San Antonio gone to the two smaller ones Espada and San Juan.

"Mission San Juan on top and Mission Espada on the bottom"

They look very much alike. I have to say they are not my favorites but I'm glad I went to see them.
Check that off my list.

Mission San Jose

These two pictures above are from Mission San Jose. It is much larger and maybe the second most visited. I remember going to this one on field trips with my children. It definitely has more to offer. The photo above of the statues are above the front entrance of the mission.

The one thing that I found interesting is that San Jose and Concepcion are nestled in quiet little neighborhoods. All the missions are on the south side which is not the developed side of San Antonio. This being the main reason I felt I was in another world. All in all it was a fun and pleasant adventure. I'm so blessed to be able to do this sort of thing. Thanks Margarita for coming up with this idea.
I hope you all have enjoyed my little tour of the missions. Maybe one day you too can come visit.


  1. Hey Charlie,

    It's so fun hanging out with friends. As you know, we have about a balzillion missions here in cali. Some are prettier than others, but we always have a great time when we visit. What kinda car did your honey get you?

  2. I would love to go and visit these. I would be snapping pics with my camera left and right!

    Thanks for the tour sweet one!


  3. Bunny,
    my dear sweet hubby got me a Volvo C70! I got it this summer. It's an awesome convertible.
    And no I did not realize California has a balzillion missions but it makes sense Cali and Tex are so similar in regards to the Spanish/Mexican influence.

    Lulu,I'm glad you enjoyed the tour!
    you all need to come visit me one day! It would be so much fun!

  4. Wow! If and when I show up in San Antone, I want to see this place. Gorgeous architecture and I have this weird thing with religious iconography... well, not TOO weird. Don't want to get arrested.

    So glad you had a good time with Ms. Chachacha.
    Thanks for your comments and visit on my little blog of sunshine too.
    Take care and have a good good week.

  5. Oh these are gorgeous! I adore missions and miss them SO much!! Thanks so much for sharing them with us!

  6. What a lovely way to spend a birthday. I'm glad you talked your friend into taking the day off so you could be enjoy the time together on a beautiful day with the top down!