Chris hodgson


Chris hodgson


Former TravelPod Member: chris-roisin

Joined: February 12th, 2010
From: lives in Widnes,United Kingdom
Favorite Book: She says anything by Jonathan Kellerman. He says "the World". And I'm half way through chapter 3 (see favourite quote!!)
Favorite Movie: Some of his favourite movies are Pulp Fiction, the Bourne trilogy and the Godfather movies. Some of her favourite movies include Doctor Zhivago, True Lies and the Terminator movies
Favorite Music: She likes listening to Runrig, Saw Doctors and Ian McNabb and he listens to anything she has playing in the car at the time!!!
Hobbies: He likes taking trips away with her. She likes ORGANISING trips (without him!!)
Languages: He likes to think he can speak German and Swedish. She can count to 10 in Gaelic!!!
Profession: He's a lowly paid Civil Servant (and so is she!!!)
Amazing Event: He says I don't do amazing moments, every minute of life is amazing. She says I'm gonna be sick!!
Description: He's said to look like Young Mr. Grace. She's is and always will be best described as the voice of reason!

"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail" "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page." (read on!!)

Oceania » Tonga » Tongatapu April 17th 2019

! would rather own little and see the world than own the world and see little of it!– Alexander Sattler The day after our trip to Hobbiton was spent at a leisurely pace, strolling down to the Auckland waterfront, checking out the yachts we’d never be able to afford, lunching in the sunshine of Viaduct Basin with its wall to wall restaurants and bars before spending the afternoon wandering through the city centre. We passed the Auckland Sky Tower, the tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere. I visited the observation deck last time we were here in 2010. I didn’t want to spoil a once in a lifetime experience by ascending the tower again!! Auckland is known as the city of 1,000 sails. Well, we walked down the main shopping centre and I ... read more
What can we call the parade of retail outlets onboard
Quite a swell in the South Pacific
A carpet in one of Maasdam's elevators

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland April 11th 2019

“It’s a dangerous business going out of your door…You set out in to the street and if you don’t keep your feet there is no knowing where you might be swept off to…’– Gandalf . It was an early(ish) start for us today as our flight from Sydney to Auckland was at 09:55. Or so we thought!! We woke up at 06:45. In the old days, Roisin would have reached for her ciggies but in this modern day the rectangular shape of a cigarette box has since been substituted for a mobile phone. She immediately tapped on the email icon. ‘You’re having a laugh’, she said to no one in particular (although there was only me and her in the room!!) The next line was directed at me, though: they’ve ... read more
Welcome to Hobbiton
Now, who lives in a hole like this
A Hobbiton butterfly

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales April 10th 2019

“Traveling. It leaves you speechless, then turns in to a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta Due to a full programme yesterday, we decided to have a lazy sort of day today as we were out again tonight. The sun was shining so, after a leisurely breakfast, we decided to head up to Circular Quay, where most of the tourists seem to head for. We took the short train journey from Museum to Circular Quay and headed over to a small grassy area with a few trees scattered around. This was known as First Fleet Park. From Circular Quay we saw ferries come and go taking their customers to practically anywhere in the Sydney Metropolitan area; from Manley to Taronga Zoo; from Watson’s Bay to the Olympic Bay. This just sounds like I’m reeling off names and probably ... read more
The Sydney Underground
What's the view like up there?
Sydney Opera House from The Bridge

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney April 9th 2019

If you think adventure is dangerous, it is better than routine, that can be lethal– Paulo Coelho I woke at 07:30 this morning after another decent night’s sleep. Roisin had already been awake since 06:30 but she did go to bed an hour earlier. Our first activity today was to join a free walking tour around the city. Roisin and I always check for free walking tours if we are staying in a city for more than a few days. Most cities accommodate this sort of tour and we find they are excellent value for money. They’re free after all so you can’t get more excellent value for money than that!! (unless the tour guide pays you!!) It is customary to just pay the guide what you think the tour is worth. The tours normally last ... read more
The sky tower - Sydney
St james Church - once the tallest structure in Sydney
The Lucky pig

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales April 8th 2019

- Travel is more than seeing the sights. It is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living - Miriam Beard When the Commonwealth Games came to Manchester in 2002, Roisin and I were lucky enough to attend the opening ceremony. Among the big guns of the likes of Canada, Australia and the UK paraded a small team of a dozen or so. It was their debut at the Commonwealth Games. Blink and they’d be swallowed up in the masses. This was the small Pacific Island nation of Niue. At the time, we had to dig out the reference books to identify that Niue is an overseas territory of New Zealand. This was very much a case of, ‘It’s not the winning that counts but the taking part..’This edict was very ... read more
A typical shack in the outback
Sydney metro - a similar vibe to London's underground
a small kangaroo looking for a fight

Asia » Singapore November 25th 2018

The Civic District We arrived at the MRT station, Raffles Place, south of the Singapore River located in the Downtown Core of Singapore’s central area where we met Adeline. She led us along the riverside for a few minutes before entering, what is now, the Fullerton Hotel. This neo-classical building was built in 1928 by the British to commemorate their centennial celebrations. Before it was converted to five-star luxury, this building was home to Singapore’s General Post Office. However, the hotel has a somewhat checkered past being used as a hospital for the wounded in the last days before Britain surrendered Singapore to the Japanese in 1942. Indeed, the Japanese even used the building as their Headquarters for their military operations for this part of the world. We passed the fluted two storey colonnades and entered ... read more
Roisin with two post office workers
A cool refreshing drink - me thinks!
An ice cream buttie close up!!

Asia » Singapore » Raffles Marina November 24th 2018

Marina Bay Hotel We had a feeling this was going to be another long day. Roisin and I had a relaxing morning in our apartment as we hadn’t arranged to meet Adeline and Ashton until 2pm down by the Gardens by the Bay. We had a choice to either eat lunch in the neighbourhood of our apartment or nearer to our meeting point by the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. We both looked at each other and uttered those immortal famous last words in unison; ‘I’m sure there will be something to eat down there!!’ (In the same vein that Napoleon had said to his starving army: ‘Don’t worry men, I’m sure there will be something to eat when we get to Moscow!!’) We had arranged to meet Adeline and Ashton somewhere near ... read more
Catch a boat through the shopping mall underneath the hotel
The Financial district - Singapore
Looking down on the Supertrees - Gardens of the bay

Asia » Singapore November 23rd 2018

Sentosa island Today started off dry and what’s more, sunny. Now there’s a first. It was still pretty humid but not oppressively so. Checking our itinerary, Sentosa island was our first stop, and not, as I incorrectly said, Semosa Island, thinking there would be lots of tasty stuff to eat!! After breakfast we walked the short five minutes (still in the sunshine!!) to little India MRT station. It is very easy to buy ‘metro’ tickets. There are ample ticket machines on each concourse with simple instructions. The cost depends on the distance. There are day cards that can be purchased for 24 and 48 hours travel but one has to pay a deposit. As we wouldn’t be spending all day travelling by metro, this option wasn’t cost effective. On this occasion we took the North East ... read more
...more water cascades on Sentosa Islan
Sentosa Island - the Christmas trail
The Merlion - a symbol of Singapore

Asia » Singapore » Little India November 22nd 2018

Since our return from Cuba it’s been four weeks of UK TV; wall to wall soap operas, reality shows and a damp climate. The time had come to leave all that behind once more. We both managed the biggest smile when we knew we’d hopefully be rid of the biggest soap of them all – Brexit!! The only reminder we may have in the weeks to come is when we meet non-Brits and, once they realise where we are from usually start the conversation by politely asking: ‘What do you think of…’ We are going to be away for four weeks first flying to Singapore via Warsaw on LOT Polish airlines. Why LOT? During our original research we found that flying LOT, business class was not much more than flying British Airways, Premium Economy. ... read more
Roisin settling in to her long haul flight
The LOT survival kit
The damaged suitcase

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana October 14th 2018

The day after Belize we arrived in Cozumel, a small holiday resort on an island off the Mexican Yucatan coast. The plan was to hire a taxi to take us to the nearby Mayan ruins, wait for us then bring us back to the ship. However, there were four cruise ships in Cozumel today. It was also another hot and sticky day. We had vison of the ruins being absolutely heaving with impatient tourists, those part of a ships tour and those independent travellers, probably all queuing to buy tickets!! All this, whilst tackling greedy taxi drivers and greedier little biteything bastards that take the piss when feasting on my ankles!! Having been to Cozumel less than ten months earlier we’d seen all there was to see in the town so we just stretched ... read more
Outside our accommo in Havana Centro
Deana, our hostess in Havana Centro
Breakfast in Havana Centro

Tot: 0.447s; Tpl: 0.018s; cc: 17; qc: 93; dbt: 0.0338s; 1; m:saturn w:www (; sld: 1; ; mem: 1.7mb