I spent a few days with a friend who lives near Darmstadt, and we visited Schloss Schwetzingen which is a wonderful building dating to approximately 1700-1750. It has extensive, beautiful gardens and is roughly equidistant from Manheim and Heidelberg,the other seats of the Electors of Palatine. A remarkable feature seen on Google Earth is what used to be a straight avenue lined with mulberry trees going to Heidelberg.
Terri took me here when I visited her in late October. I didn’t notice the tower and stairway until she pointed it out! I took a number of photos as the light changed, and this was the one I liked best.
The famous view here is of the castle across it’s moat, but this is taken inside the courtyard.
I won the Cupar Camera Club Annual Monochrome Print for the third year running with this image.
My father’s parents came to the UK as Jewish refugees just before World War 1, and I found visiting this memorial very moving as I thought about what had happened to their many relatives who were not able to escape. I also wondered what the couple in my picture were thinking, and what their family history was. Did it have the same resonances for them as it did for me?