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February 24, 2011 / Linda Hartong


After absorbing the forecourt of the Mission and the Harry Downie Museum, Go through the welcoming arch to the right of the Basilica.

There you will find a small cemetery. The graves are outlined in abalone shells and each is planted with poppies and other flowers.

If you continue around you will begin to hear the sounds of teachers and students in the classrooms.  There are many private little spots to sit and admire the plantings and shrines.

As you pass by the left side of the Basilica you will notice  architectural details like this rounded window


And the back door and staircase into the Basilica


Persistent little plants grow through the cracks in the stone


Then turn and see the main courtyard and fountain of the Mission.



So lets take a break , sit on a bench, listen to the children’s sweet voices and then we will explore this back courtyard next time.



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  1. jeanette sclar / Feb 25 2011 1:49 am

    You could not have posted on a more perfect day-I’m held hostage by sleet, rain and snow, but the armchair trip is amazingly good for the soul.

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