Bonjour! This week’s carte postale features the Mission Gardens of Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, located in the Central Coast of California. It’s about 230 miles/ 370 km south of San Francisco.
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa was founded by Father Junipero Serra on September 1, 1772. Named after Saint Louis (1274-1297), the Bishop of Toulouse, France, it was the fifth mission (out of 21) founded along El Camino Real.
- It was the first mission founded on the land of the Chumash people
- Mission San Luis Obispo still stands on its original site
- The three bells in the garden have names: Joy, Gloria, Sorrow
My most recent visit to San Luis Obispo was in 2012. My family and I had lunch at our favorite Italian restaurant, Vieni Vai Trattoria. (It closed briefly in 2015, but re-opened and re-named “Flour House” by the owner’s daughter).
The Pride in the Plaza event is held in Mission Plaza each year:
For more information:
Until the next Wednesday Postcard, à bientôt!