Well, this trip almost never happened. The doctor decided I needed another surgical procedure a week before the scheduled departure and just as she agreed to postpone it, the husband’s office created confusion. Poland Tourism had invited me to visit their country and I decided that I needed a break and hence had planned a last minute trip to a few other European countries before landing in Poland. Just as I thought I defeated Murphy’s intentions by landing in Paris as scheduled, he struck just as we were leaving Amsterdam. The husband’s office called him back and lo, after much chaos and confusion, he left for India, while I continued travelling solo to Barcelona and then onward to Krakow. The trip did have its highs and lows…Paris was beautiful as ever…it drizzled a bit as the sun warmed us up. Amsterdam looked colorful , although it rained. Vienna was quiet and unassuming but Barcelona was sunny and vibrant. We had to give Prague a miss though . Poland was a surprise. It was quaint and the old towns were charming. The castles, however fairy tale like, resonated with tragic historic tales as we walked, explored and took in huge doses of history, revisiting wars and battles lost and won. I am now back in Bangalore..reminiscing and recouping and will post longer updates in a bit.