Given that Warsaw has been destroyed many times in its history (most recently and thoroughly by the Nazis during World War Two, when it was literally decimated) an amazing rebuilding program has successfully reconstructed this district.Old photographs and the paintings of Canaletto were used and now tourists and locals happily mill here and judging from my brief transits between hostel and meeting place, many wedding parties celebrate their ceremonies here too.
The balloon is tethered near the football stadium and forms one of the viewing platforms above the mainly low lying city. The Old Town sits on a hill and also has its own view point (below).
|The symbol of the city - Mermaid plus sword|
|Could this be a whale? Its a adornment on the corner of a block but there is definitely a blow and a tail.|
|Wildlife in the City|
There are few animals in the Old Town - some European sparrows, a few feral pigeons and the occasional northern form of the crow (with neat grey waist-coat). The one in the pictures was chatting away to itself in a fine specimen-tree in a quiet square of Old Town.
The buildings are decorated with reconstructions of their original ornamentation, including statues and ironwork monsters.
|The 'whale' is perched on the corner of the gable to the right.|
|A great bell that was shattered and now stands reconstructed but silent in a small square.|
(The bell is on the right.)
|Old Town Reflections.|
|A tourist trap|
|Those haunting faces|
And one happy lady - below, Heidi Frisch the Secretary of ASCOBANS after the meeting has ended celebrating with an exquisite Lody.
|Heidrun Frisch and her celebratory ice cream|