Earlier this month, my Mum and I went to the palace grounds together. It was a day of mixed weather, and for about 10 minutes we stood huddled together under my Mum's tiny umbrella, seeking additional shelter under a large tree, until a rain shower stopped and we could continue our walk.
The first few pictures are from one of my favourite parts of Ludwigsburg's palace grounds:
The orangery (glass house/conservatory/greenhouse) shows various exhibitions during the season; I have showed you some before on my blog, such as on this post. When we were there on the 5th of August, the topic was water lilies. Have a look at the many varieties, all beautiful:
On we walked, stopping for a drink at one of the cafés, before reaching an exhibition of sand sculptures. Now, don't get me wrong - I do understand it takes real artistic talent and skill to make such sculptures, I do not deny that. But almost all of those sculptures didn't "speak" to me, and some I didn't like outright. That's personal taste for you. But have a look yourselves.
This one is supposed to be modeled after the crown of Wuerttemberg, which can be seen in Stuttgart at the Altes Schloss (old palace) museum:
This one is supposed to show elements of Baroque art:
A bare-bosomed lady riding the waves on a large fish:
I really did not like this lady. To me, she looks like one of those surgically enhanced women you often see on US TV. Her hairdo would do Ivana Trump proud! But I liked the city underneath, with the winding stairs and domed buildings:
View from the terrace a bit more than half way up to the palace. The sand sculptures are positioned around this part of the park:
From the terrace, King Friedrich of Wuerttemberg has a good view across his garden:
The next one was my favourite. It represents the smaller palace right opposite the big one here in Ludwigsburg. You have seen pictures of it on my blog before, such as here.
The dress and hairdo of this Baroque lady are very well made. From her face and rather strong neck and big hands, I suspect a male model stood in at the making of this sculpture.
Those were the sights at the palace grounds that day. We have season's tickets and so did not have to pay admission to either the water lilies or the sand sculptures exhibitions. And to be honest, if I had travelled to Ludwigsburg all the way, and paid to see the sculptures, I think I would have gone home slightly disappointed.
For us, it was a good day, and very nice to spend time with my Mum.