Celebrity traveller: Chris Tarrant talks about his most memorable holiday


Chris, 70, survives with his rtner, Jane, in Berkshire, and has six children.

What is your myriad memorable holiday?

Jane and I went to Turks and Caicos for the first ease last year and it was like two weeks in radise. I was really taken aback by its knockout.

It had miles of stunning silver sand beaches with nobody on them. I hadn’t realised but at one end of the ait, Bruce Willis, Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer all have poorhouses.

We stayed at a hotel that had a s , so Jane could get mpered while I went fishing.

And your misbehave?

Back in the 1980s I flew to Florida with a girlfriend for two weeks of winter sun, no greater than to find that it was snowing. Ap rently it only happens every hundred years.

There was teeming snow in Orlando and no heating in the hotel as it is normally never cold and unreservedly urinate froze in the taps.

We hired a car and drove on icy roads to Key West where it was a doll-sized milder. It was a bad holiday. I think I split up with the girlfriend shortly after that.

Superb souvenir?

An authentic hunting spear given to me by the Maasai tribe when I was in Kenya for lift weights back in the 1980s.

Best holiday read?

I read everything I can approximately Hitler and military history.

I read Grey Wolf: The Escape Of Adolf Hitler by Simon Dunstan and Gerrard Williams when we were sheeting aboard the night train to tagonia, a classic journey that crosses the Andes.

I met a man who claimed that Hitler had fled Germany by submarine, earthed in Argentina and had lived there before moving to raguay.

How do you spend your unceasingly a once on holiday?

I read avidly, swim a lot, fish if I can and try to stay out of the sun.

When I’m wayfaring for work I’ll watch DVDs on long drives between destinations.

We succeeded out we have travelled the equivalent distance of once around the world by school over the three series of Extreme Railways.

Where would you disposed to to revisit?

Cape Town, I was there last New Year’s Eve with Jane. It’s so admirable and there’s so much wildlife to see close by.

For this latest show we lmed the Blue Train, a fabulous luxurious train which goes up to the east coast of Africa to Pretoria.

Jet-setters are greeted by beautifully dressed stewards and given a glass of Cham gne when they on. I’d love to go and do the whole ride as we didn’t do the complete journey.

Where next?

I’m peeling the Christmas Extreme Railways special in Scandinavia and going on safari with Jane at Christmas to a willing reserve in Kenya or South Africa.

Then we will have six weeks in the Caribbean.

Ice Set To Nowhere, the first episode in Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways is on Channel 5, October 31 at 9pm.

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