In the park of Warmer Damm I encountered a busy group of chess players feverishly shuffling pieces about on boards both great and small, while drinking copious amounts of beer from bottles cooled in the shade of the big evergreen trees overhead. Here there were all kinds of people, arabs, Russians, Germans, both young and old, although no women. Everyone played or watched intently, and took matters extremely seriously. I spent half an hour watching the two guys pictured on the big board. They were both Russian.
The guy on the left, lets call him Kasparov, was loud and animated, stalking all over the board making quick, sometimes showy, moves. The guy on the right, Spassky, was quiet and unemotional, keeping to the edges of the board except to move pieces. Shortly into the game Kasparov made a error, causing the structure of his right hand side defence to fall apart. I predicted he would lose at that point, and although I was to be proved right, the number of twists and turns in the game was amazing, with Spassky finally giving Kasparov a rook advantage so that he could push his far back pawn up to the backline and exchange it for a queen.
It was great fun to watch, and it would have been even more fun to join in. Even though my chess skills are pretty bad I've always wanted to spend some time in these open air chess games, as it is something we lack in England.
Climate in Wiesbaden
Rainy season: There is no special rainy season
Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 11 – 21°C ( 51 - 70°F ); min: 4 - 10°C ( 39 - 50°F )
Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 23 – 26°C ( 74 - 78°F ); min: 13 - 14°C ( 55 - 57°F )
Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 7 – 21°C ( 45 - 70°F); min: 3 - 12°C ( 38 – 53°F )
Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 5 – 8°C ( 41 - 48°F); min: 0 - 1°C ( 32 - 34°F )
Shop Signs - 1 - Restaurant "Zum Schwejk"
Have you ever bothered to look at Shop signs?
Here in Wiesbaden they form part of the historical street scenes. Not only the buildings itself are old and worthwhile to see, but also the small details.
These pictures are the shop signs from the Restaurant "Zum Schwejk", a Czech traditional figure. So no surprise the beer served in the restaurant is the Czech Pilsner Urquell and Budweiser/Budvar.
Restaurant "Zum Schwejk"
Alfons Paquet Straße 4
A Cafe with a view!
One thing I noticed in Wiesbaden is that after businesses closed for the day cafes would spread out in front of, for example hairdressers or electronics shops. In this cafe the cafe existed during the day but, after the old city hall closed would spread out to cover the whole front!
From this cafe you can see the fountain, the new city hall and the State of Hesse building. There is also a market here several days a week.
Palace Square (Schlossplatz)
"..areas like the Palace Square (Schlossplatz) represent the intact cityscape, the lively cultural scene, and Wiesbaden's fascinating flair.."
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