Bay seniors who haven’t thought about California Missions since that papier-mache model you made in 3rd grade, might consider a return visit. Our feelings on these carefully restored buildings and lush gardens are contradictory- romantic reminders of the decimation of native Californians. Like it or not, they are our history. On April 14 Mission San Antonio de Padua, which was established in 1771, is celebrating Mission Days which includes samplings of the original California cuisine. Yes, it is a trek down to Jolon -169 miles and over 3 hours. More locally you have half a dozen choices besides San Francisco’s tourist-ridden Mission Dolores. Take your pick of Father Serra’s outposts in Carmel, Sonoma, San Rafael, Santa Clara and San Juan Bautista where Hitchock’s “Vertigo” was filmed.


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