Last weekend, while sitting at the breakfast table, my husband and I decided to take a spontaneous trip to celebrate his birthday. The weather was beautiful and sunny and we just had to be outside for the day. Schloss Schwerin, once home to dukes and grand dukes for centuries, is only about an hour and a half from us. Since the grounds boast of a wonderful walking path and outside scenery, it was the perfect place for us to end up for the day... just the three of us.
Cafe tables and chairs lined the outside of what used to be the orangery, similar to a greenhouse, where the nobles would keep their tropical plants like oranges and other citrus trees during the winter season.
Inside had been beautifully restored and was the perfect place to enjoy a fresh fish and white wine meal. Exotic flowers adorned the tables and the wall of windows provided a bright and warm natural light.
After lunch we took advantage of the walking paths that followed along the lake that surrounded the castle. I grew up near a lake, and there is just something about the smell of the air... somehow so fresh.
It was easy to be swept away by all the splendor of the castle... truly breathtaking.
What a truly pleasant and relaxing day... just the way a birthday should be.