I wanted to see the Carmel mission because it is where J. Serra is buried. The parking was crazy, but a wedding was going on so I guess that's not really the norm here. The grounds were well kept, with ongoing work to establish new exhibits. There is an active school on the grounds, which was different than many missions I have visited. The link to Fr Serra was very cool, and it was neat to see the remnants of his influence (fragments of the original cross, wood from the tree at his landing site, his original casket and his room are all preserved here.) Typical gift shop, friendly staff. All in all a pretty standard mission visit with the added historical information of the death of the founding father of California's missions.
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