A Place of Peace

posted by Sharon April 9, 2013 21 Comments
San Diego Mission

Have you ever missed something fascinating because it’s too close? Mentioned too often? Too unmysterious? This week I realized that in my years in San Diego, I had never visited the mission. I learned about it in grade school, but somehow never went to see it. So I did.

It’s the oldest in a string of missions winding up the coast of California. It was founded in 1769 by Father Junipero Serra. The original buildings are long gone, but those there now date from the 1830s. By California standards, that is historical indeed.

The mission is walled in with gates. The walls are high.

I wandered into the church. A caretaker locked the door behind me. I got the feeling it’s a protected, private place. But I was free to go through the church into the garden. Ah, the garden.

Here, inside the tall walls, I felt peace. Spring blooms scent the fresh air. Crosses made of bricks dot the grounds. The bells stand ready to ring. No noise, no cars, no hurry. Time doesn’t seem to matter.

My trip to the mission brought an unexpected respite from the hustle and bustle going on outside its walls. I plan to go back. Because I know it’s a place of peace.

How about you? Where do you go when you want to find a place of peace?

Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Sweet Shot Tuesdays,Tuesday Muse, and Communal Global.

Photos are processed with Kim Klassen’s textures History and 3003. Some of the photos have 2 textures, which is the assignment this week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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21 Comments

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Melissa Rich April 9, 2013 at 12:59 am

Such beautiful images! I would love to visit there one day. I have never been.
I always find peace at the beach.

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Ana GR (@Ana_GR) April 9, 2013 at 4:54 am

What a beautiful place!
Seen at Kent Weakley’s 52

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Anne Payne April 9, 2013 at 7:35 am

I can feel the peacefulness in the photos. They are extraordinary! Finding a place of peace is sometimes difficult but usually I just step onto my porch and watch the sunset. There are times when a trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway is necessary, though 🙂

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Paul O'Rourke April 9, 2013 at 8:33 am

Lovely images, the gardens look beautiful.

Paul.

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Barbara April 9, 2013 at 8:44 am

Wonderful place and I can feel the peacefulness in all your images, so, so beautiful!

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Desktop Dreams April 9, 2013 at 10:41 am

So beautiful If you get a chance visit the Santa Barbara Mission that too is such a wonderful experience.. Thanks for sharing your visit…

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Snap April 9, 2013 at 11:03 am

Beautiful! I love visiting the old missions in Texas. Something I haven’t done in awhile. Another world! I loved seeing your visit.

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Nancy April 9, 2013 at 11:22 am

You are so right about overlooking the familiar. I’m so glad you took a closer look at this mission. Beautiful!

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin April 9, 2013 at 12:01 pm

How absolutely gorgeous!! I love the second picture of the patio (pagoda?)

I agree – I work hard to explore all the little nooks and crannies of Boston – helps me appreciate my city more!

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Linda Kittmer April 9, 2013 at 12:16 pm

So many beautiful images! I especially love the perspective, shadows and depth in that second shot!

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Pride in Photos Photography April 9, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Sharon, i think we our all guilty of doing this in our hometowns…we miss the very thing that is right in front of us. Your photos with the textures show alot of depth.

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kim April 9, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Oh yes, we can miss the beauty of what is right before us so easily! Thank you for the reminder to see, not just look!

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Barbara Hurst April 9, 2013 at 2:19 pm

I think that is all of us, miss the things that are close to home. I don’t know why that is but it is. I loved your walk through the mission. It is one of the more beautiful ones in CA for sure. I have visited many when I lived there but not this one. I so love that brick cross, and the textures look great on these.

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Jill April 9, 2013 at 2:37 pm

It looks like a beautiful place.

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Carol April 9, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Great post and beautiful photos.

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Gracie April 9, 2013 at 10:19 pm

Beautiful photos!

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Earl April 10, 2013 at 2:38 am

Thank you for your wonderful photo tour of the mission. They brought back many memories for me. I haven’t been there for over 70 years. It really is a beautiful and serene place.

Earl

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buckeroomama1 April 10, 2013 at 1:54 pm

That’s usually the case, isn’t it, with things that are close to us? We’ve lived here over 16 years and there are still many places that we haven’t visited yet (that tourists, who are here for only a few days, have!)

That mission does look like a tranquil place.

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jade April 11, 2013 at 3:58 am

California missions always make for such fun visits!

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Janine @ Just a Moment April 11, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Beautiful photos!

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BiTi April 11, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Ooh, next time I go south, I definitely will have to make a day trip to the Mission. Thank you for the beautiful post and for stopping by pret-a-vivre.com. I also like you book review, I’ll have to come back and read it more thoroughly 🙂

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