First impressions are a tricky thing.
When you walk into the courtyard of the Mission San Antonio de Padua, you aren’t bowled over by the beauty. It’s a little sparse. Everything is showing a little drought stress from the summer heat and earthquake retrofit construction is ongoing. The garden is similar to the mission itself. From a distance, the mission does not look impressive but as you look at the details, beauty can be found everywhere. It’s subtle but it’s there.
It’s definitely worth the effort to look close.