Solvang, CA

3/19/16 (Saturday) in Santa Barbara, CA (Santa Barbara-Elks)

Couldn’t finish my caulking job last night because the caulk we had was dried out, so this morning we got some at Home Depot (close, thank heavens) and returned to apply the new caulk.

Time to head out for Solvang! What a great town, so much like Leavenworth. This one is Danish (Leavenworth is Swiss themed). It’s very pedestrian friendly so we had a great time walking our whole time there.

First to Mission Santa Ines, founded by Father Junipero Serra in 1804! That’s 112 years ago. Here you ENTER through the gift shop, to buy your tour tickets ($5 each) and start your self guided tour. Note the hand printed Gregorian Chant hymnal and clay pot with metal beading.


I had to take a photo of the painting of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, for whom our Spokane University of Gonzaga was named. Their basketball team has played consecutively in the last 17 years in the NCAA. They won their game over Utah, a number 3 seed this night! Huge for this 11 seeded team. On to the Sweet Sixteen. Other images from inside the church include the sanctuary and a door on the outside. Note how thick those walls are. No wonder it’s still standing.


There is a lovely garden in the central courtyard where lots of agricultural work was done in the early years.


Their cemetery, off to the side of the church, plus a sweet story I wanted to share. To enlarge the photo, click on it.


We walked about .2 of a mile back to the center of Solvang SO ready for lunch! In 1911 this was one of the first buildings built in Solvang. It’s served many purposes prior to its current stint as a restaurant, begun in 1929. We had the combination plate. SO yummy.


Some highlights:


We saw the Hans Christian Anderson Museum, then enjoyed a sweet treat at the Danish Village Bakery (our favorite of those in town).


On our way home we relaxed to that glorious scenery, then crashed when we got to Miss Journey!  Then watched the Gonzaga vs Utah NCAA game of course.  Go Zags!!!


About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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