My Life In Travel: Chris Addison, comedian

'New Zealand was completely bewitching'

First holiday memory?

Sitting on the cannon in Fishguard, Pembrokeshire. We used to go every year for our holidays and stay in Newport. A few years ago, I walked the Pembrokeshire coastal path with a friend; it was the first time I'd seen the cannon in 20 years. I'd completely forgotten about it and all these memories came flooding back.

I also remember visiting Carningli hillfort, an ancient stone monument, which my brother and I once set out to climb with nothing but a mint Club biscuit. We were so small that we got lost in the bracken and had to clamber onto rocks to find our way out.

Best holiday?

Rome. I went last Easter with my family. We stayed in an apartment just off the Piazza Navona so were right in the centre and there was no big production about taking the kids out for the day. You walked out the front door and there was ice cream and excitement – everything they wanted.

Favourite place in the British Isles?

Bristol is a fantastic city. It feels like there's a lot going on and looks very impressive. It's a maritime city, without being a strictly coastal and feels like it's got a proper sense of itself. I also love Lyme Regis in Dorset. It's perfect for visiting with young kids.

Ideal travelling companion?

My wife. When I'm on tour, I'm very aware of her absence when I see something that I want to go "look at that!" to somebody. We're both into the same things: taking long leisurely lunches, dragging our kids around museums and going shopping.

What have you learnt from your travels?

To appreciate home and keep a sense of excitement about where I live. Whenever I cross the Thames coming into Victoria station on the train, I put my book down and imagine that I am seeing it through the eyes of people who've not seen it before.

Beach bum, culture vulture or adrenalin junkie?

Culture vulture. I found Florence absolutely staggering in that respect. I couldn't quite believe how beautiful and strange it was. Somebody gave us a tip before we went: get up really early, buy a coffee and an ice cream from a café, and go up the Duomo in the early morning light. You sit up there and watch as the square gets busy. It's one of my favourite memories.

Greatest travel luxury?

Buying fresh food at local markets. One of things I love about Italy is the quality of the produce there – especially in the south. It's exciting waking up in the morning, buying fresh bread and fruit, taking it back to the villa, and working our way through it. It's a luxury having the time to do it.

Holiday reading?

A thriller or a historical novel set in wherever I happen to be. So in Venice, I'll read something by Donna Leon. In Sicily, it might be the Inspector Montalbano novels by Andrea Camilleri. In Rome, there's thousands to choose from, but Robert Harris is excellent. I love reading things that make sense of, or add a little sheen to wherever you are.

Where has seduced you?

New Zealand. We went for our honeymoon and it was completely bewitching. We started in the North Island, which is beautiful, but the more you carry on south, the better it gets.

We stayed on Lake Taupo in this nice little B&B where the door opened onto the lake. It's totally quiet and the water's really blue because it comes off the glaciers. We also flew in a light aircraft over Mount Cook, which was fantastic.

Better to travel or arrive?

Arrive if you're travelling with children. But at other times it's something of a treat being removed from the ability to do anything else except watch films, eat food, have a drink and nap.

Worst travel experience?

A gig in Dundee about 15 years ago, when I was travelling with Ed Byrne. He doesn't like to be organised, so we pitched up at this rather grand looking Victorian hotel. The reception had a bullet-proof shield, which should have been the first clue. We went up the threadbare staircase, where there was a vase of dead flowers at the top. I couldn't find the towel in my room, until I realised it was rolled up in the window, blocking a hole. There was definitely an element of The Shining about it.

Best hotel?

The Park Hyatt overlooking Sydney Harbour. It's the poshest place I've ever stayed in my life. I got put up in a Diplomatic Suite. When the receptionist confirmed the price, I saw my wife's face drop. It was only when the butler had delivered us to the suite that I told her it had been paid for by someone else.

Favourite drive?

Along the coastal road from Weymouth to Bridport. On your right is beautiful English countryside. On the left it's like being on a magic carpet above Chesil Beach. It's absolutely glorious.

Best meal abroad?

A meal in Brittany when I was younger. My dad ran into a work colleague, quite by accident, at the local fish market and he invited us to his house for a traditional Breton meal with his family. It was one of the most astonishing things: a table piled high with shellfish, ratatouille, and then this enormous butter cake.

Dream trip?

I'd love to do a road trip from San Francisco all the way to Los Angeles. That would be amazing.

Favourite city?

New York. When I was last there, I had dinner with a friend on the Upper West Side and then I walked back through Midtown, along Broadway. I stopped at The Peculiar Pub on Bleecker Street for a beer. They've got a great jukebox and it's completely unpretentious.

Where next?

To Manchester to visit family. I'll also see my godchildren who live just outside the Peak District. I love it there – the air is fresh, the walks are good, the pubs are snug, and you can see Manchester in the valley below.

'Chris Addison Live' is available on DVD from 14 November. His tour, 'The Time Is Now, Again' starts on 16 November (chrisaddison.com).

Suggested Topics
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
Teeth should be brushed twice a day to prevent tooth decay
education
News
Bryan Cranston as Walter White, in the acclaimed series 'Breaking Bad'
news
Sport
footballChelsea 6 Maribor 0: Blues warm up for Premier League showdown with stroll in Champions League - but Mourinho is short of strikers
News
Those who were encouraged to walk in a happy manner remembered less negative words
science
Arts and Entertainment
Princess Olga in 'You Can't Get the Staff'
tvReview: The anachronistic aristocrats, it seemed, were just happy to have some attention
News
Renee Zellweger as Bridget Jones
i100
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Life and Style
tech

Board creates magnetic field to achieve lift

News
There have been various incidents of social media users inadvertently flouting the law
news

Life and Style
Stack ‘em high?: quantity doesn’t always trump quality, as Friends of the Earth can testify
techThe proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
News
Bourgogne wine maker Laboure-Roi vice president Thibault Garin (L) offers the company's 2013 Beaujolais Nouveau wine to the guest in the wine spa at the Hakone Yunessun spa resort facilities in Hakone town, Kanagawa prefecture, some 100-kilometre west of Tokyo
i100
Sport
CSKA Moscow celebrate after equalising with a late penalty
footballCSKA Moscow 2 Manchester City 2: Premier League champions let two goal lead slip in Russia
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    SCRUM Master

    £30 - 50k (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a SCRUM Master to joi...

    Franchise Support Assistant

    £13,520: Recruitment Genius: As this role can be customer facing at times, the...

    Financial Controller

    £50000 - £60000 per annum: Sauce Recruitment: A successful entertainment, even...

    Direct Marketing Executive - Offline - SW London

    £25000 - £30000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: A fantastic opportunity h...

    Day In a Page

    Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

    A new American serial killer?

    Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
    Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

    Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

    Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
    Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

    Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

    Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
    Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

    Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
    Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

    Want to change the world? Just sign here

    The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
    Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

    'You need me, I don’t need you'

    Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
    How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

    How to Get Away with Murder

    Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
    A cup of tea is every worker's right

    Hard to swallow

    Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
    Which animals are nearly extinct?

    Which animals are nearly extinct?

    Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
    12 best children's shoes

    Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

    Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
    Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

    Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

    Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
    Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

    Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

    Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
    Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

    Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

    Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
    British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

    British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

    Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
    Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

    Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

    UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London