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April 18th, 2015

San Diego de Alcalá (also named Mission San Diego) is considered the first church in California and it’s called the Mother of the Alta California Missions. Founded on July 16, 1769 by Father Junipero Serra the mission represents the beginning of the mix of religious and political impacts of Spanish conquer for California on locals and the birth process for California before it becomes as a state.

In 1834, California Governor Jose Figueroa offered up the local Mission for sale after Congress passed An Act for the Secularization of the Missions of California. After the United States annexed California in 1846, the mission was used by the Army. In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln gave the missions back to the Catholic Church. Mission San Diego de Alcala was completely destroyed by the time. The church set about rebuilding it in 1880.

The Mission San Diego de Alcala would become an active church again in 1941, serving under the diocese of San Diego. In 1976, Pope Paul VI decreed that the Mission San Diego de Alcala be designated a minor basilica, which increased the mission's profile and importance.

Individual confessions are held on Saturdays. And there are several areas for votive candles - they are always burning. The candles and matches are provided, all you need to do is put in some money through a slotted hole in the candle structure, light your candle and say your prayer.


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March 29th, 2015

Known as the "Mother of the Missions," San Diego Mission Church (San Diego de Alcala), a National Historic Landmark, was the first of 21 Spanish missions established, in part, by Father Junipero Serra. By 1797 the mission had become the largest in California.

After the Mexican government secularized the mission in 1834, the buildings were abandoned until 1846, when they were occupied by the U.S. Cavalry. In 1862, by proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln, the mission was returned to church ownership and was used as an Indian school from 1887-1907. The buildings were reconstructed during the 1940s.

This active Roman Catholic Church of the diocese of San Diego, properly referred to as the Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá, overlooks San Diego's historic Old Town. It is well worth a visit.

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February 23rd, 2015
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine is a landmark in downtown St. Augustine, Florida.

Inside, the atmosphere of the Cathedral is that of Old Spain, reverent and yet joyful. The life of St. Augustine is depicted in twelve stained glass windows in the transepts and nave. One window depicts 'The death of St Monica'. Saint Monica, also known as Monica of Hippo, or Monnica, had two sons, Augustine and Navigius, and one daughter, Perpetua. When Monica was fifty-six, she fell ill to a fever and died in Ostia, near Rome, in 387. Before her death St. Monica had the great joy of knowing that her son Augustine was a man of God.

Saint Monica is the patron saint of married women, abuse victims, alcoholics, alcoholism, difficult marriages, disappointing children, homemakers, housewives, married women, mothers, victims of adultery, victims of unfaithfulness, victims of verbal abuse, widows, and wives.



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December 12th, 2014
The only thing more Mexican than tequila is the mariachi and it seems a shame to have one without the other. Mariachi goes beyond music, it is the sum of a cultural revolution expressed through a group of musicians, dressed in popular clothing (most recently charro suits) which encompasses the essence of Mexico and its people. It is something cultural, spiritual and traditional that is unique to this country, an experience not to be missed.

The word mariachi refers to the musicians now commonly seen in restaurants or strolling the streets, dressed in silver studded charro outfits with wide brimmed hats playing a variety of instruments which include violins, guitars, basses, vihuelas (a 5 string guitar) and trumpets. Their songs speak about machismo, love, betrayal, death, politics, revolutionary heroes and even animals (one particularly famous song is "La Cucaracha").

Mariachi means one of the most exciting and enchanting musical ensembles found anywhere in the world. The mariachi tradition has been extended from Mexico to places as far away as Japan and Europe, particularly the United States, where it was introduced by Mexican immigrants.

Mariachi Band - Christine Till Fine Art Photography
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October 28th, 2014
The Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Paz, built in the 1800's, is an impressive stone cathedral in the dusty humble town of La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

La Paz Cathedral is a small gem. Beautifully decorated and serene, it's a restful place with a peaceful atmosphere and a long history, nicely explained in the entry signs in both Spanish and English. What a beautiful house of worship, one of the best on the Baja Peninsula!

This church with heartfelt stained glass and altars evoke deep feelings. Just sit in a pew and feel the serenity wash over you. An absolute must stop by for anyone with a real interest in the history of La Paz.


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October 1st, 2014
Estero San Jose, a tropical estuary that is a great spot for bird watching or simply wandering along the paths and enjoying the natural beauty, is located where the fresh waters of Rio San Jose meet the salt waters of the sea in San Jose, Baja California, Mexico.

Many bird and animal species depend on the protected wildlife sanctuary for freshwater. Over 250 species of birds are frequent visitors here. Many types of waterfowl winter here, as do many other shorebird and wading bird species. White herons, egrets, two species of cormorant, pelicans, gulls, frigate birds, hawks, red-tailed hawks, Costa Hummingbird, eared grebe, ibis, moorhens, stilts, Turkey vultures, Caracara and Osprey are among the year round residents. The Royal Solaris is one of Puerto Los Cabos’s best birding spots. There is a turtle sanctuary near the Estero San José and tourists are recruited for moonlit rescue operations while the sea turtles are hatching.

Although the Puerto Los Cabos development is taking a devastating toll upon the San José estuary - especially near the ocean - it's still one of the town's most delightfully peaceful spots. Hopefully, with increased interest and awareness in the estuary, this rich and fragile community will be preserved.

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September 17th, 2014
The fun in Cabo San Lucas in the Free and Sovereign State of Baja California doesn't end when the sun goes down. Whether you're looking for the wild craziness of a booze cruise, or the romance of sunset sailing, a sunset cruise is something special.

There is something special about being on the water when the sun sets, seeing the colors glistening off the windows of the buildings along the Cabo San Lucas skyline and making a beautiful silhouette over El Arco. If you're looking for a little romance along with a little upbeat fun, then you may want to get a private sailboat - what could be more romantic than sailing at sunset?

For some wild and crazy fun, check out the Booze Cruise or Floating Disco, and don't miss taking at least one sunset cruise during your vacation to Cabo!

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