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.
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.