Towards the end of this post with pictures of beautiful magnolia trees, I said that there was going to be more from that walk, and here it is:
The most impressive way to enter the palace grounds and walk towards the palace is from the main south entrance. This was all carefully planned along a central axis which used to lead from the northern end of the palace gardens all the way to a smaller palace in Stuttgart. That straight line is just a bit over 13 km long.
We met these friendly people at the top of the path. They belong to a club who make and preserve traditional costumes from the time the palace was built (early 1700s) to later, as you can tell from this picture (these costumes are more mid-1800s). Whenever there is something going on in Ludwigsburg, based on historical events, they dress up and participate. One good example is the Pferdemarkt-Umzug (horse market procession) that takes place every year in May. I have posted about this here; if you follow the link and there click on the small picture collage in the middle, it will take you to many more photos of club members in beautiful costume.
In front of the palace, every spring broderies are laid out. This year, there seems to be an abundance of yellow, making me very happy!
Aren't pansies the dearest little flowers?
A cat and a dog at the feet of a pair of fat naked little boys, and Miss Leda showing her best side:
I don't know the name of the yellow flowers in the above picture, but they look very exotic somehow.
Are you still with me? There's more!
I'm afraid the picture above right can not convey how pretty these forget-me-nots (my favourite flowers, I think) were, and how abundant - this part of the park looked a lot more blue than green, but somehow I was not able to capture it properly on camera.
Amaryllis are so beautiful on their own, they didn't really need all those twigs in this display, did they!
Nearly there, just a few more park/garden pictures:
It was such a lovely sunny day that my sister suggested we have our first proper ice creeam of this year, and so we did!
Guess who had the caramel cup and who went for the after eight one, with dinner mints and peppermint & chocolate liqueur...