Portmeirion - Wales
3RD attempt loading this. 1st attempt failed and lost the lot after spending 2 hours on it, 2nd lost all narrative. Almost decided not to bother. Grab a cuppa and digestive,and your sunglasses 'cos the suns out, almost 50 pics.
Portmeirion Village was the setting for the 60's TV series 'The Prisoner', starring Patrick McGoohan, who played the part of 'No 6', and a big white balloon called 'Rover' that tried to stop people leaving the village by swallowing them up.' Many of the buildings are now used for holidays and short breaks.
The village was built by architect 'William-Clough-Ellis'. As well as the village, there are extensive woodland walks through rhodedendrons, camelias and tree ferns with the occasional unexpected building thrown in, and walks along the beach when the tide is out, watch out for quicksand.
Through the arch to the village.
Under the arch you can see tree roots and rock.
View down the River Dwyryd.
View back to the village.
Under the viewpoint from above.
Ceiling covered in shells.
View across the river.
Walking to the harbour.
Thrush sunning itself. It was 23C, I even left my coat in the car.
Hotel and pool.
Sign warning of dangers. Wait a minute. Is that what I think it is is on the beach?
Yes it is. 'Rover' has made an appearance and has swallowed someone trying to escape across the river. Just as in the TV series, you can still see the string.
Would love to have a look under the hotel, but you can't.
We'll just have to go for a walk along the coast.
Tower on the side of the river.
Looking back to the village. The boat at the bottom is made of concrete and is part of the harbour.
Building looks a bit like a lighthouse.
View out to sea. Harlech around the peninsula.
View right. Porthmadog hidden here.
Back into the secluded bay. Watch the tide and look out for quicksand, or you may not make it back.
Rock formation with lichen above the high tide mark.
Big chunk of quartz.
Back to village along one of the trails. Gorse in full bloom.
Weird trees grow here. Often wonder what made the branch do that.
Saw three of these money trees. Must enquire where I can get one. They must be growing a fortune.
Pond with japanese style bridge and pergola.
Screen at end of pond.
No idea what they are. Just liked the colour against the sky.
Lets look at some of the artwork and signs in the village.
Always do a double take when I see this one. This guy looks like he can tie a certain body part in knots.
One of the shops.
Ceiling of another archway.
Baa baa black sheep. Looks like he is the real black sheep of the family hung out to dry.
Some of the buildings in the village next.
This one looks precarious.
In centre of village.
Looking up and across the square.
Looking up again.
Art gallery. Never been in it.
Looking along the centre of village.
This place is a real photographers dream. You could easily use a few packs of batteries here with all the things to see. I find Things I've never seen before every time I visit, and the colours of the buildings rival the Welsh town of 'Tenby'. There are many routes through the woods that again you will have loads of oppotunity to click away. For a change we actually had a full day of sun and came away a bit red in the face.
Hope you enjoyed the blog and it wasn't too long. As I said I nearly gave up, took 4.5 hours in the end to complete. Hard to make my mind up which pics to put in and which to leave out as there were so many.
My 'Black Country Living Museum' blog: http://www.myfinepix.co.uk/blog/2002/446726
My 'Moel Fammau mountain' North Wales blog: http://www.myfinepix.co.uk/blog/2002/443725
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