Being something of a comic book geek (understatement of the century) the thought of a trip to the art haven of Angoulême, named the International City of Comics and Image, had me swimming in a sea of Aquaman back issues.
But the French city is not simply a hot spot for comic collectors, with its rich history of visual arts, there's far more than first meets the eye.
‘Take this opportunity to rest before the baby comes, you’ll never have another chance to just focus on yourself.” So the prevailing wisdom goes — and it’s advice that I’ve been given by family members, colleagues, even the man at the post office. So I decided to listen and booked a babymoon.
One. This is the unassuming name for what must be one of the world’s most interesting roads.
Its 832 miles encircles Iceland and offers some of the most dazzling experiences that nature can muster. This single road brings you brooding mountains, tortured lava plains, thunderous waterfalls, jagged icebergs, boiling mud pools and glaciers.
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.