There are 21 missions on California’s historic Mission Trail which roughly traces El Camino Real (The Royal Road). The San Luis Rey mission in Oceanside is the 2nd one in the chain coming up the coast from the south and is recognized as one of the most unique and beautiful of the 21. The mission trail stretches from San Diego to about 20 miles north of San Francisco. Here is a link to a map of the missions: http://www.ca.gov/About/Maps/Missions.html
This mission was founded in 1798 and is named after St. Louis IX, King of France, who was taught by the early Franciscans and is the patron of their 3rd order. He also was of Spanish blood on his mother’s side and died fighting in the Crusades. He was canonized in 1297.
The interior is much prettier than my picture depicts. There is no admission fee.
We went to one other mission today and I will write about that later. I took so many pictures there that it will take a while to decide which to post. That makes two missions down, and nineteen to go. Seeing all the missions has been on my bucket list for a long time, however this is not the year to see them all. My wish is to someday spend several months in California and see so much more.