As we sailed out of Venice, my love of cruising went up a notch. It was a beautiful late September afternoon and the sight of a buzzing St Mark's Square a few hundred yards away soon had me on cloud nine, albeit there was not a cloud in the sky.
The Piz Gloria restaurant, 10,000ft above the Swiss village of Mürren on Mount Schilthorn, is still welcoming Bond fans nearly half a century after it became the villain's hideout in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
It was here that Blofeld (aka Telly Savalas, complete with white cat) plotted to destroy the British establishment.
Skiing in Austria is hardly an unknown quantity - to many it's almost as familiar as "do-re-mi".
After all, Salzburgerland's claim
to fame is the cinematic blockbuster Sound of Music, and for me, its ski region- the Gastein Valley - does offer some of my favourite things that make up a fabulous ski holiday.
A new bridge linking Hong Kong and Macau should make a two-centre trip combining these former British and Portuguese colonies a reality. The project, linking the cities' colonial charm and cosmopolitan buzz, is due to be completed in 2016. We take a closer look at both destinations.
Ski resorts normally resound to the constant hum of shuttle buses, the excitable shouts of tourists racing to be first to the lifts and the unbearable boom of Eurotrash pop echoing from a myriad of bars.
If a two, or even three centre holiday is not enough, then how about a three nation afternoon? It's one of the intriguing possibilities thrown up by a short break in Basel. On a walking tour of the pretty, compact city on our opening morning, our guide explains that Germany is just a couple of miles away (a tram takes you there) and France is equally close.
There was a time when the best view over New York was to be had from the Empire State Building. First timers to the Big Apple would traditionally head to Fifth Street and West 34th Street where this iconic building rises up seemingly into the sky, to take a lift to the 86th or 102nd floor observation decks.