Bloomin' Marvelous

Trip Start Oct 18, 2012
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Flag of Germany  , Baden-Württemberg,
Sunday, March 17, 2013

Howdy folks,

I've been patiently waiting the opportunity to travel to Schwetzingen which is only 10kms south of us so that we can visit the Schwetzingen Schloss, one of the fine examples of the types of Baroque palaces built in the 18th Century. It was mainly used by Electors Palatine Karl III Philip and Charles Theodore, the same guys who used the Mannheim Schloss. It also has a pretty cool theatre inside, but even more famous are the gardens which are best viewed in summer from above like on Google Maps - https://maps.google.de/

Although not yet in bloom, we decided to go and take a look at the gardens anyway and make the most of the sunny weather. It was only €3 entrance fee to the gardens and it took quite a while to walk around and see everything. Everything is quite well set out in an orderly fashion and there is a mosque type building, a few lakes, a Roman bath and some smaller temples. In the lakes were quite a few birds like swans, ducks and geese. We even saw some goslings which had just hatched cuddling with their mum. It is no wonder that in the summer it is a prime location for weddings and photos.

Schwetzingen is a bit bigger than Edingen at 22,000 inhabitants and they brew a good beer at the local Welde Brewery - known for the squiggly shaped beer glasses. Outside the schloss is a giant courtyard which a number of cafes and even a sculpture dedicated to asparagus. Apparently Schwetzingen is the world capital of asparagus and has a big festival here in May. But we decided to have an enormous Döner at the local Kebap shop and it cost only €10 for both of us. We took a short stroll through the Fußgängerzone and back to the car.

On Saturday night we decided to invite a few people over for dinner and it ended up being a pretty big event. Steffie prepared brocolli soup, spätzle and schnitzel for mains and home made cupcakes for dessert. Everyone was pretty full by the end of it and definitely satisfied. It is always good to have the family over and have a proper meal.

On Sunday I got up early to watch the Melbourne Grand Prix at 6:30am, but I was half dozing through it as I lay in bed. After breakfast, we went to go and check out the Neckar Vixens against Heidelberg at the lacrosse pitch and catch up with my friend Martina who I first met on a Trek America tour 2 years ago.

Having never watched a lacrosse game before, it was interesting to see how it was played. It was sort of a mix of hockey and well who knows. All I know it is an American sport and we stayed in La Crosse, Wisconsin on our roadtrip.  After the match we caught up with Martina over a coffee and hopefully we will get to catch up soon.

Every Sunday night there is a sneak preview in the cinema in Mannheim in English so we tagged along with Paula to see a film which turned out to be Playing For Keeps (Kiss the Coach  - German title) which is a drama surrounding an ex-professional football player coaching his son's team to win him back. It had its moments, but certainly nothing I would have voluntarily seen. It was the first film I've seen in 6 months though!
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