The Warsaw Mermaid, the official emblem of Warsaw.
Early morning on the way to the Old Town'.
An hourly changing of the guard. The grave is in a small section of a wall that was mostly destroyed during WW II.
Gardens behind the grave of the unknown soldier.
Grave of the unknown soldier.
Full changing of the guard happens once a week.
The ceremony was very moving.
The three types of uniforms are for the Army, Navy and Air Force.
The old and the new.
Many buildings were very interesting with inset statues.
Farmer's market. Many people come to sample, cheeses, breads, sausages etc.
Market square in the 'Old Town'. During WW II 80% of the city was destroyed so most of the city is not that old.
Very strong honey mead seemed to be effective at curing a soar throat. My friend had two shots and her soar throat was gone.
Lard is made by the farmers, used like butter on bread. It is very flavourful.
There are many outdoor restaurants and caf's in the market square. It is very pleasant on a warm day.
An interesting looking restaurant.
The Warsaw Mermaid.
Her history is available at http://www.e-warsaw.pl/miasto/herb-1.htm
Many restaurants are in basement and lower levels.
Pickled herring with three different sauces. Very tasty.
There were lots of artists selling painting and wood carving.
The church interiors were are intricately decorated.
One of the oldest churches to have survived the wars.
Even pillars are interesting.
Built during the soviet period.
In June strawberries are plentiful, very sweet and flavourful.