My husband and I are touring all of the 21 Missions of California. The San Gabriel Mission and grounds are lovely -- landscaped with flowering plants and cacti. There are displays of Spanish and Tongva Indian culture. There is a small cemetery inside the walls and many objects from the Mission's past are on display. Walls are painted with colorful murals.Hanging grapes were ripening on the arbors, the Chapel has a beautiful Retablo and the Museum is overflowing with Mission history and artifacts. Restored workshops and interpretive displays explain Mission life. Very nice gift shop. Nearby buildings reflect Mission Revival style. There are several nice cafes in the area. Really enjoyable day!
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