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Festival de Mascaras

I’m trying not to do monster blog posts so it makes it quicker to read and I can keep everyone more entertained posting more frequently. So I should be posting more often over the next couple of weeks or so!

I was able to go to the Festival de Mascaras in Barva with my mom and sister. I’m a bit slow, this was back in March. The festival started when the natives tried to scared colonists away with masks. Now its pretty much just a show of a bunch of different masks, little and small. It was cool seeing all the different masks, there were cartoon characters, famous people and monsters. People in masks had dances and played a soccer game. It was really fun and I wanted to stay all night!

San Juan Capistrano Mission

Like it states on the plaque: The San Juan Capistrano Mission, Orange County California’s only Mission, was founded in 1776 by Padre Junipero Serra, the seventh in a chain of 21 missions established in Alta California to christianize and civilize the Indians. The stone church was destroyed in the 1812 earthquake. The mission was expropriated during Mexican rule then returned to the Catholic church in 1865  by proclamation of the president, Abraham Lincoln.
Here are the original walls of the stone church- what still stands after the earthquake of 1812,  200 years ago.
The United States is young in it’s architectural history- comparative to the European and other countries in the world. So, to see such a magnificent and imposing structure more than 200 years old and in California-  it is truly a sight to behold.
There are 10 acres within the mission, available to wander and learn as much or as little history as you’d like,  a self-guided audio tour is included with the admission fee.
Courtyards, gardens and fountains are all surround by Spanish style adobe architecture all beautifully preserved and maintained.
Check their website for daily activities, summer programs,special events and re-enactments.
The Mission heart, or spiritual center, is located in the Serra Chapel, which dates back to the 1780s. Generations and generations of Catholics have celebrated mass, attended weddings, baptisms, and funerals in this chapel.
The Serra chapel within the Mission still holds services M-F at 7 am, For the mass schedule at the Basilica, the San Juan Capistrano Parish’s main house of worship, please click here.
So much history and beauty in one place is astounding. Plan a visit to If you have at least a few hours and you’re in southern, coastal Orange County, I would recommend a visit to the darling town of San Juan Capistrano and it’s historical Mission.

To view more photos of the Mission, look here.

Sydney, we love you…

We spent our last day wandering around Sydney, picking up souvenirs, taking plenty of pictures, people watching. When we came to this monument in Hyde Park we felt moved to take some parting shots.

Everyone held up their treats and smiled…

then made sad faces… when a little note taped to the stone caught our eye.

Ladies, I feel the same way.
When I am here I want to throw my arms out like Mary Tyler Moore and spin around. We’ll miss you Sydney, heck, we’ll miss this whole darn country.

Nambucca Heads Public Art

Driving through the town of Nambucca Heads we were stopped in our tracks by the mosiac street art/ bus stop in the center of this sleepy coastal town. We all piled out of the RV in amazement and started exploring.

The best part was that the mosaic wasn’t haphazardly constructed- it tells a story all the way through. We learned later that the mosaic is called “Fish & Chips” and was constructed by local artist Guy Crosley and a team of volunteers, school children and art students, started in 1996 and completed in 2000.

night lights

All over Sydney for the month before Christmas historical buildings are light up. The lights change on each building, about 4 different patterns per building, that follow the architecture of each facade. We wandered all over the city marveling, snapping photos, eating ice cream family style (this is when you stop into a market as you’re walking around the city and buy a 6 pack of ice cream bars, skipping the fancy ice cream shops and saving yourself a bundle).

we couldn’t take our eyes off St. Marys Cathedral

This building has the 12 days of Christmas projected.

6 days in Sydney

We did 6 days in Sydney, we could stay a month it is a great city. We are heading north today. We will try to update more often. We got our internet sorted out and should post more often. (this photo is a break on the walk to Bondi Beach- Grandpa notice the improper footwear for a long walk)

Maia’s photo assignment #1


Maia had a her first photo lesson or assignment. It is our first whole day in Australia and I told here to talk the big camera and shoot some photos of the camper and what was going on this morning, here are a few of her favorites.
She said, “I didn’t even mean to take one of the coolest photos, I didn’t meant to take the reflection of myself I was just trying to take a picture of the inside of the RV.”
We are having fun and doing a little art work, journal writing, a lot of looking around and a bit of relaxing.