‘Out of the loop!’ Top Gear’s Paddy McGuinness details post Brexit travel experience

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Last week’s episode of Top Gear saw petrolhead presenters Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris take a trip to Iceland. The duo set out on an expedition across the Nordic island nation, with the help of some temperamental old British cars. In a recent interview, the stars spoke out about their experience travelling to Iceland for the hit BBC motoring show. However, while chatting about their adventure abroad, Paddy confessed it felt “weird” travelling again after Brexit and multiple Coronavirus lockdowns.

Speaking to Express.co.uk and other press, Paddy revealed his journey to Iceland felt a little unusual.

The presenter exclaimed: “Firstly I didn’t know what colour passport we needed!

“We’re that out of the loop now. Is it a red or is it a blue, I didn’t know,” he joked, referencing the new design of British passports since leaving the European Union.

However, Paddy confessed it wasn’t just Brexit that made his travel experience feel different.

He also commented on how strange it felt to be travelling abroad again after the UK’s Coronavirus lockdowns.

The presenter explained that travelling in the pandemic meant there was some added paperwork.

“We did all the proper tests and it was just weird,” Paddy remarked.

“It was just weird being up there again. Just experiencing an airport and everything else.

“It’s masks all the way there and back,” he explained.

However, Paddy insisted that despite the unfamiliar travel experience, he had a great time in Iceland.

The presenter explained that it felt especially nice to be abroad after not being able to travel for so long.

“It was really good, it was just lovely to be somewhere else for a change and the weather was nice,” he added.

Paddy continued: “It was lovely to get out and about but I’ve never been to Iceland before and it’s a stunning country.”

However, the star confessed while out in Iceland he had an encounter that reminded him of home.

The presenter explained: “It is very rare for us but we had a few hours of downtime.

“I said ‘I’m gonna go for a coffee, I’m just going to soak up this place a little bit. Beautiful views.’

“I sit down, get my coffee and three lads walk in with Bolton Wanderers shirts on.

“I’m like ‘F***ing hell, you can’t write this,’” Paddy laughed.

He continued: “But, it turns out they were Icelandic because we’ve got a few players from Iceland who play for Bolton Wanderers.

“So, it was just quite nice actually chatting to them. They didn’t have a clue who I was and we had a few photos, put them on Instagram,” the presenter added.

Top Gear continues Sunday at 8pm on BBC One.

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