Sitting here on deck at Brophy Brothers Restaurant in Santa Barbara, California, having an amazing bowl of chiopino, it feels a bit déjà vu. A month ago I was sitting on deck eating a lobster roll in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. East coast, West coast, I can't pick a winner in the fish tasting! Yep, the seafood is delisicious but we're here to taste some wine.
A bit too early for wine so first a visit to Mission Santa Barbara. This beautiful mission is the tenth of the California missions established by Spanish Franciscans. I was surprised at how large it is. The original church was constructed of adobe and unpretentious but as the number of Chumash Indian converts grew, the Mission expanded and became central to the community. The present church is the fourth, previous buildings having been destroyed by earthquakes, and is still under direction of Franciscan Friars and is in continuous use today.
I took a picture of this incredible Madonna painting for my friends Cheryl and Kelly. They both love these stylized icons and we tend to sing “Mother Mary comes to me..” (Cue the Beatle soundtract) when the images appear in their collections.
I loved the old cemetery courtyard and the scull and crossbones above the entrance.