My first view of Warsaw wasn't promising. I emerged from the central into a sea of concrete and a skyscraper that looked just like one of Stalin's Sisters in Moscow. But after locating my B&B and walking up to the Old City I was pleasantly surprised.
But I get ahead of myself. Warsaw Central stations platforms are all underground, and you have to climb up past an array of subterranean kiosk shops before getting to the large booking hall, and the out into the daylight. And the concrete.
My B&B was to the south of the old city and was in a bight and airy old apartment building. There were some great photos of the neighbours in the block hanging on the wall, but my favourite was the one of the owner with a copy of American Gothic in the background holding a broom in the style of the painting!
Warsaw old town is quite small, but does have a nice feel to it, and is a series of cobbled streets, which always seems to have something interesting around the next corner.