Travel is something I think most people enjoy. There is a part of us that naturally is curios about the rest of the world and the history behind towns, big and small. Traveling is something we as a family would love to do more but lets be honest, it’s not something we can really afford to do that often.
We were lucky enough to take a trip last weekend with my parents to the Hill Country area in Texas. We not only got to explore new things, we got to do it kid free. We love Poppy and Vivi! One day we made the 45 min drive from Canyon Lake to San Antonio. I spent about 3-4 year of my early 20’s living in San Antonio before moving out to the Hill Country for about a year. This trip we opted to visit some of my favorite spots along with some of the new places.
One of my favorite places to visit is the Mission San Jose. So many people come to the city, visit the Alamo and never realize there are at least 4 other missions that are open to the public. The Mission San Jose is considered “Queen of the Missions” and is the biggest of all the Missions still standing in San Antonio. It went through a restoration process in the 1930’s and gives visitors a great picture of what living in one of these communities where like.
As soon as you walk in you can visit one of the bastions located at the corner of the Missions perimeter along see what one of the living quarters would of been during the 1780s. As you walk along the path towards the church you can see ruins of old buildings and fire domes where outdoor cooking was often done.
I love old architecture, which is probably why Mission San Jose is one of my favorite places to visit. Their are tons of new angles, textures and hand carved treasures to discover. I visited the mission often when I lived in San Antonio years ago and I still found myself discovering new things that captured my attention. Here are few of what seemed like tons of photos I took. I’m a sucker for a good black and white.
Mission San Jose also has a hand carved window known as the Rose Window. Carved in 1775 the legend is that Juan Huizar carved the window in honor of his fiance, Rosa, who drowned at sea while traveling to join him. He believed that the window would be a way for her spirit to be near him always. Regardless of it’s a legend or fact the window is known to be one of the finest examples of baroque architecture in North America.
If you are ever in San Antonio and considering visiting the Alamo along with other Historic places in town, consider a tour on the Mission Trail. You’ll visit Mission San Jose along with the other missions that hold so much history behind this bustling city filled with so much culture.