The Last Day
The last day of our vacation… or let’s say, of our stay in Flessenow, had arrived. We decided to spend it in Schwerin. We hadn’t paid the castle a visit after all so far. But then it was already soooo crazy hot in the morning, that we postponed Schwerin to the late afternoon and started packing bags.
We almost began to wonder if we felt like going at all, but then, thank God, we did. What follows here are 30 photos. Hope you enjoy 🙂
Let’s start not with Schwerin though, but with these pretty horsies. Saw them on the way to the bakery to pick up rolls for breakfast this morning.
A neighbor house. There’s something quite sad about the whole arrangement, isn’t it?
We had dinner at restaurant Wallenstein in Schwerin, with the castle in plain sight. Salad with grilled chicken. It was ok, but a bit overpriced. Guess you pay for the view there.
This is a “Schwedenbecher” (Swede Sundae? Whatever. Yeah… it’s all about the Swedes up there :-D). You get a Swede Sundae almost everywhere in ice cream parlors. It’s just that we have never had one before. It contains vanilla ice cream, apple sauce and egg liquor. We were never sure about the apple sauce part. Apple sauce and ice cream? Hmm… but we finally wanted to give it a try. Better be safe than sorry, so we shared one. Just in case it would taste bad. Or better… to save some calories 😉 But OMG was that ever TASTY!!! What a brilliant combination! That surely wasn’t the last one…
I’m not sure who of you Germans is as FED UP with all these irritating anglicisms in our language as me. Some of them have become so common these days, that it is almost as if we have forgotten our own words and terms. One of them is “coffee to go”. I know I’m probably one of three people in this country, who doesn’t have a f-ck to give about coffee to go in general. I hate coffe in paper cups and while I walk or drive. I like to be somewhere… at home, in the office, in a café etc … and enjoy my regular coffee out of a solid china cup or mug. Yes, there are exceptions but they are few and far between and happen only in very rare cases of “in bad need of a coffee and have to take one on the go”.
About the anglicisms, it’s not only the coffee to go of course. It’s also e.g. the damn “sale” that seems to be EVERYWHERE as much as a TON of others. Don’t get me wrong. I think it’s fine if some words sneak into our language. That happens pretty much everywhere. I don’t even want to mention the word “kindergarten”, used in the English language as if it was their own. Perfectly fine! Yet, for some reason, especially the coffee to go keeps irritating me, since you do not only see it at your Starbucks, but very often at the traditional cafés as well by now.
So I found it VERY refreshing, to read this on the restaurant menue: “Kafee auch zum Mitnehmen” (which is basically the way to say coffee to go in German). I don’t remember when I have seen that somewhere in the last months… almost years.
I perfectly understand, if this issue is a non-issue for everyone. For me though, it is an ongoing (albeit slight) irritation and I was happy to see the German expression for a change once again since it has become so rare.
But now I stop with the bitching because there are a lot of beautiful things to look at.
We didn’t go inside of the castle, by the way. a) because it was too late on that day, b) there’s a museum in it and we weren’t that much interested in visiting a museum, and c) the other part is occupied by the State Government and not public.
Look at these huge roots. Almost looking like claws…
They belong to this beautiful tree, which is a Weeping Beech (German: Hängebuche, Latin: Fagus Sylvatica Pendula). It was planted here in 1860, according to a sign, which makes it 155 years old. Wow.
Another beauty is this Maidenhair Tree or Ginkgo Biloba. Planted around the same time.
Is it just me, or does it have a bitchy face? Fact is: it pooped (not on me!) right after I took that pic. Bitch!
Ladies & Gentleman… the Orangery of Schwerin Castle. You’re welcome.
Those lovelies are called Solanaceae. No, I didn’t know that, but I wanted to know and sent a pic to S’s mum who’s a former florist.
This bronze-coated cast zinc sculpture shows Heracles Taming the Cretan Bull.
And this head belongs to Goliath, cut off by the one and only David. We all know that story, don’t we.
I know you all want to stay because it’s so beautiful, but it’s getting late (aka, the sun goes downer and downer) (that’s not a grammar issue but an inside joke) and it’s time to drive home.
But wait… lets have a quick look at the Mediavel Market right opposite of the castle.
We stayed there for a bit and had a cold drink and listened to a couple songs from a band that played medieval/gothic rock style music before we couldn’t procrastinate it any more. We had to drive home and keep packing our stuff. We’d have to have everything ready by 9am the next morning.
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