|Downspout, Krakow castle.|
|Downspout, Wilanow Palace, Warsaw.|
|Old Warsaw shop sign|
|Closeup of previous dragons on Krakow castle.|
|Chinoiserie was evidently popular in Poland in the 18th|
century, as it was in other parts of Europe.
So one also sees Chinese dragons.
|Protector of Warsaw: an armed mermaid.|
The Warsaw mermaid is another popular figure, with this statue in the Old City as the model for many other representations of mermaids. She originally lived in the Vistula river, bothering the fishermen, but was convinced to become the city's defender. Given how often Poland has lost wars, I wonder if they should have looked for a more effective fighter?
|The official mermaid taxi logo in Warsaw tells you the cab is licensed.|
|Old City shop sign|
|Here's a sphinx from the garden at Wilanow Palace.|
A change from dragons and mermaids.
|Beautiful, fanciful angels decorate Maria's Church in Krakow.|
|Maria's Church, Krakow|
|Wall decoration, Wilanow Palace|
|And at the farmers market: a different fanciful animal.|