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Spielwarenmesse 2020 V: A Tour of Nürnberg Outside the Messe

W. Eric Martin
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For this Sunday post, I thought I'd show a few pics taken outside the Spielwarenmesse trade fair as Lincoln and I didn't spend every moment inside the Messe looking at games — only 86% of our moments.

I'll continue with more pics from the trade fair on Monday, with some of those games still needing registration in the BGG database.

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Each year when you arrive at the Nürnberg airport during Spielwarenmesse, you're greeted by one or more LEGO displays by the luggage carousels. What is LEGO focusing on this year? You'll get a first glance at the airport, which is helpful since you won't be able to enter the LEGO pavilion near Hall 12 unless you have an appointment.

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A glance into what I think is the sole bookstore at the Nürnberg airport gives you an overview of which small games are selling — or which small games stores think are selling, which is not necessarily the same thing. Look at all those EXIT titles!

A toy store elsewhere in the terminal had a spinning display of travel-sized HABA games.

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Here's the view from inside the U3 each morning. Each station along this line has a different aesthetic to it, with Rathenauplatz having tiled walls with images that can be seen only as you're entering the station because they're elongated horizontally. (Look for the man's portrait above the woman in the middle of the image.) If I were a child, I'd want to sit in that window, too, but since I'm not a child, I can't push those children out of my way for a better view...

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"The Way of Human Rights" (Straße der Menschenrechte) is an artistic memorial by Dani Karavan that's integrated into downtown Nürnberg. Each column behind this gate has one of the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights embedded in it in German and one other languages, with those other languages differing on each column. (Not shown: The teenage couple making out while leaning against the backside of column #5 — "No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment." Kids...)

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From gallery of W Eric Martin

From gallery of W Eric Martin

From gallery of W Eric Martin

If you visit Nürnberg, try to stop by Ultra Comix, which is a fantastically good game, comic, and kitsch store. Games in all forms are in the basement, with comics on the first floor and manga, imported items, statues, and many other things on the ground floor.

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I don't know plants, so I'm at a loss to name this tree, but I was impressed by its spikiness and the spikiness of its many neighbors. I salute you, spiky tree!

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Never do I regret being celiac more than when I'm in Europe staring at incredible-looking bread products — and this is what you'll find in every REWE supermarket in Nürnberg, never mind all the little bakeries that stand on block after block, each filled with fabulously crusty bread that I must keep at a distance, being married to the idea of a long-term functioning intestinal system over a brief flight with a chocolate-filled croissant.

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From gallery of W Eric Martin

Apartment décor, thanks to a good find on Airbnb. That rug is crying out for a game system to be created for it!
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