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
In Paris you can have a perfectly wonderful weekend just wandering the streets indulging in the fine Parisian art of "flanerie" (strolling around). But if you are looking for a deeper connection to the City of Lights then I suggest you give your trip a soundtrack.
As we are now entering the "magic tunnel", Rob - our tour guide - tells us coach-load of sceptical holidaymakers: "It may look dull and overcast here, but when the coach emerges, the sun will be shining."
The great William Shakespeare aka The Bard of Avon, will be commemorated across England this year to mark 400 years since his death in 1616. During his short 52 years on earth he penned stories that are still loved today. Here we round-up some of the best ways to celebrate Shakespeare's life and works, and where to discover the untold stories of England's Bard.