Today I visited Schwetzingen gardens which are full of follies. I am slightly confused about how I should feel about these. They are fake yet they are now actually old, so I guess they are ruins after all. In the photo below, I am inside the cave that is hidden under this temple. I really love the idea of playing hide and go seek amongst these wonderful structures.
The following are a roman another roman temple type thing. In the summer there is a stream of water running through the center. It really is quite beautiful even though it doesn't make any sense. The fact that there is an Egyptian obelisk right next to a Roman(?) thing makes it even better because it's more surreal.
I think the mossy fountain (no water because it's winter) looks wonderfully like a Gustav Klimt woman wearing a gorgeous green dress embellished with leaves.
The following is a view from the top.
The last one is a temple to Minerva, unfortunately the sun was setting so we only managed to get one decent picture. These follies are set far apart with gorgeous gardens separating them so that it feels like they are separate worlds. One of the towers of the mosque is visible amongst the branches