Here are some more general pictures of Schwetzingen garden. It is almost impossible to take a bad picture here, even in the winter. Protective boxes were placed over most of the statues but this lion didn't get one. Maybe that's why he's sad. We got to see some of the maintenance work being done but it didn't make the experience any less impressive. There are hundreds of trees and each one gets individual attention.
I saw this statue as a child, in a book about European gardens. It was such a surprise to see him while wandering in a maze. At first I wasn't sure why he seemed so familiar. I realized he was another one of those things buried deep in my mind. The experience of those things coming out is like waking up from a dream just to realize you are still dreaming.
This is the bath house where Voltaire and Karl Theodore discussed Candide. Unfortunately there are no pictures of the inside but the room with the giant white marble walk-in bath has an amethyst encrusted ceiling and walls, There is a gorgeous Chinese tea room in the other half of the building. Following that are some precisely trimmed tree arches and some pictures of the peach palace itself.
I almost forgot to mention one of the biggest highlights. Here is a peacock strutting around near the Chinese Garden who was kind enough to let us photograph him.