July 20, 2013

Portmeirion ....

Hi Everybody,

Today for this trip we got up early and drove to visit Portmeirion.

This beautiful village  clings to the hillside and was the vision of one man in the 1920's.

Clough William-Ellis  wanted to bring some Italian architecture to the Welsh countryside and this was his dream.

It cascades down the hill side and has many parts to it with different themes ... each as beautiful as the other.

The village itself became very famous in the 1960's as it was used as the setting for the  fictional adventure series  "The Prisoner"  ... starring  Patrick McGoohan

It was a mysterious series and one that could never be worked out ... but it became one of those cult programmes  that attracts followers for many many years.

Clough William-Ellis  was the master of recycling long before  it ever became popular.

He  had bricks  and buildings ...  from other dis-used places ... that he bid for and then had brought to Portmeirion to be be re assembled.

Many of the houses are just facades with nothing behind ... just like film sets.

But there are apartments and a hotel   if you wanted to holiday there.

It was a wonderful day and if you ever get the chance to visit I promise you it is well worth it.

You may never get to find out what The Prisoner was about ... but the village is something not to miss.
On the way back we stopped off at several other places including a Black Rock where we drove the car directly onto the beach.

We had a lovely meal before returning to the cottage to watch yet another beautiful sunset over the Menai Straits

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


  1. Yes, I remember that series Christina. I couldn't make head nor tail of it but I never missed an episode! Beautiful photos, you will have so many lovely memories when you return. Pat x

  2. I remember The Prisoner well back in the day! LOL Looks a beautiful place xXx

  3. Your pictures are all lovely Christina, I don't remember the Prisoner, but the place you visited seems absolutely beautiful. Keep the pictures coming. Hugs, Jen :-) xx
    Krafty Keepsakes
    (My laptop is broken, which is why I am just typing where I come from. lol)

  4. Great pics, glad you're enjoying your break, Portmeirion looks lovely but I was always sent to bed when The Prisoner came on and was so desperate to watch it. The fact I couldn't watch it is the mystery to me.


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