Sunday, April 30, 2006

Soccer Ball Tree

Wiesbaden is getting read for the FIFA World Cup which is gonna start June 9th in Munich (Germany - Costa Rica) and Gelsenkirchen (Poland - Ecuador). The tree downtown which was decorated with Easter Eggs before is now covered with soccer balls (I actually didn't notice until Sam from Montchauvet, who was visiting Wiesbaden this weekend, pointed it out to me). Also check out what Berlin did to get into the FIFA mood!

Theme of the City Daily Photo Bloggers today is to post a symbolic picture from our city that can be linked to another city/country. Since Brasil won the FIFA Confederations Cup 2005, I'm linking to Sao Paulo, Brasil.

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16 Comments:

At 12:08 PM, Blogger Anne said...

Hehehe I like that tree!

 
At 12:42 PM, Blogger Maya said...

an interesting idea for sure...

there have been quite few reportages in French TV about Berlin etc. as a host of World Football event this year, in getting ready for the season...all sectors like hotels, commerce, amusements (entertainments), etc. very interesting to watch...the positives or the negatives effects :-)

 
At 1:33 PM, Blogger Kris said...

really makes me think..who hang these up ? It really put you in FIFA mood :)

ps. i took the ducks shot from a moving truck outside the poultry processing plant :)

 
At 2:30 PM, Blogger Nicola said...

Yes, it's really getting a bit crazy here already. All the shops offer soccer related products and you see it in newspapers and magazines all the time... No idea who put these soccer balls up. And I'm actually wondering how long they're gonna stay there ;).

 
At 4:16 PM, Anonymous lagatta à Montréal said...

Nicola, I live in La Petite Italie, the old Italian neighbourhood of Montréal (though nowadays there are many people from Latin American countries, the Maghreb, Southeast Asia and... everywhere). All the bars, cafés and of course a sport supply place are festooned with Italian and German flags...

It is very much an event here to go watch matches in a café or bar, and then the supporters of the side that wins parade around, especially through my neighbourhood...

When Brazil won last time, everyone became Brazilian, and even the Germany supporters came out and were welcomed warmly - with a bit of mock booing, but it was all in good fun. I do hope there are no violent hooligans as alas there were in France - some actually killed a policeman.

I guess tourists attending the matches in Frankfurt will fill hotels as far as the Rheingau - and there is another stadium in a small town on the other bank of the Rhine, not so far away...

 
At 4:21 PM, Blogger Natalie said...

That's a funny picture. I'm going to have to pay attention on June 9th. I'm half Costa Rican and I know all of my cousins are going to be watching.

I was looking on the map to see where Wiesbaden was because it sounded so familiar (My German geography is pretty poor). I had a college friend from Mainz and a couple of friends and I stayed with his family for 2 or 3 days before going to the airport in Frankfurt am Main. Of course, Wiesbaden is very close right there. One of these days I'm going to have to take my husband and kids to Germany.

 
At 4:44 PM, Blogger Mohammadreza said...

It's a big event. So nothing is too strange!

 
At 6:06 PM, Blogger Vancouver Daily Photo said...

Cute and original. Great shot, great opportunity.

 
At 6:26 PM, Blogger Seesaw said...

Cute and cool!!!

 
At 8:07 PM, Blogger Mark said...

I am so looking forward to the world cup.

 
At 8:14 PM, Blogger Eric said...

Silly me, I thought that spring had REALLY come to Wiesbaden and the blooms were exploding. Washington, DC Daily Photo looked down to find her photo...and you looked up!

 
At 9:43 PM, Blogger Sam said...

Whoo -hoo! Great photo!
LOL - glad you posted it!
(I was there! I saw her take it, lol!)

Sam - back in France now!

 
At 10:26 AM, Blogger Marieta said...

Fifa fever is in South Africa too. - And of course, Coke is having a competition (on its cans) to win a trip to Germany...maybe I should enter!

 
At 1:38 PM, Blogger Kala said...

This is such a great picture of the mood in town - I just read about the FIFA world cup FIFA in our paper - hidden away in the "Island Life" section on a hidden inside page - that tells you how out of it we are when the rest of the world is screaming with excitement! It wasnt even in the sports page. I am surprised people dont take those balls. They could come in handy in some youth parks. =)

 
At 5:33 PM, Blogger Nicola said...

lagatta - over here a lot of people will have to watch the games on TV as well since they couldn't provide as many tickets as people would have like to. I really hope that there won't be any incidents like the one in France either!

natalie - yes, come and visit! It's a beautiful area, as you see me going on and on about it... ;)

mohammadreza - haha, you're absolutely right. And I'm sure there will be lots more strange things happen...

Vancouver DP, seesaw - thanks for your comments!

mark - you're certainly not alone with that...

eric - :), yes, you have to look everywhere to see the interesting things - that's what I learned through this blog.

sam - Thanks for pointing it out to me!! If you hadn't told me, I'm not sure how long it would've taken for me to see it... :)

marieta - yes, try your luck and enter. You never know...

nicholas - you'll see, once they started, I'm sure they will appear even in your newspaper... I was wondering about the balls too. I'll have to go and check how many are still up there from time to time...

 
At 9:46 AM, Blogger Gerald England said...

12 months on and Hyde DP is revisiting those that took part in the "other city" theme, with links to the other participants.

 

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