Ready to be tempted? Seven days of cruising around southern Norway's spectacular scenery on an adults-only ship, avoiding flights with a round trip out of Southampton - and kosher meals at no extra cost? What could be better? In my case, nothing.
From the moment we arrived at the dockside to board P&O's Arcadia, everything clicked into place.
The rhythms of harvest time may not dictate our lives any more but with autumn's festivals and their symbolic foods approaching, as well as Slow Food week from October 1-7, it's a good reminder to take the time to enjoy the best of nature's bounty.
And where better to indulge than Piedmont in northern Italy, the birthplace of the Slow Food movement in 1986 and an area that's still a foodie deli
I'm sitting on the edge of a fishing boat, dangling a rod in the sea for the first time in my life, when my line suddenly pulls tight. To my surprise - and slight horror - an eel thrashes in the air. I throw it back, lean in the sun to relax and pray I don't catch anything else.
As I dangled my feet in the cool, salt water of the L-shaped infinity pool on the roof of Villa 28, the sun warmed my face while a breeze from the Andaman Sea below tickled my hair. On the rocky outcrop of Koh Fann, the 12-metre high Golden Buddha with its palms up in Mara posture was so alive with sunlight that it seemed to wink at me from the mountainous horizon.
It's with some irony that the check-in desk for Qatar Airways at Heathrow is just round the corner from the one for El Al. Given that the Emirates don't recognise Israel, and given that we were connecting to our second flight in Doha, I had fretted that my regular visits to Tel Aviv would set off alarm bells somewhere.
It's a shame green and pleasant Jutland is linked in history with a naval battle which took place off its shoreline a century ago. For the westernmost province of Denmark is a tranquil land rich in culture right from its less-travelled south, whose coastline has earned World Heritage Site status, to the northernmost tip at Skagen, where the extraordinary light takes on a heavenly quality.