OF THE WHEATEN PRINCESS
UK and SPAIN
BY A P
Portmeirion is a popular tourist village in Gwynedd, North Wales.
Williams-Ellis designed and constructed the village between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village.
He incorporated fragments of demolished buildings, including works by a number of other distinguished architects. Portmeirion's architectural bricolage and deliberately fanciful nostalgia have been noted as an influence on the development of post-modernism in architecture in the late twentieth century.
The Hotel Portmeirion and Castell is a private village set on its own wooded peninsula on the coast of Snowdonia. It was built by visionary Welsh architect Clough Williams-Ellis in order to show that one could develop even a very beautiful place without defiling it. The Hotel Portmeirion has a total of 53 bedrooms, accommodation includes 14 rooms in the main hotel building overlooking the beautiful Dywryd Estuary, 28 rooms and suites in the surrounding village and 11 contemporary style rooms and suites in Castell Deudraeth.
Surrounding the village on three sides are 70 acres of woodland gardens and to the south the estate is bordered by sandy beaches
Portmeirion has served as the location for numerous films and television shows, most famously serving as The Village in the 1960s television show The Prisoner.
There was a real holiday atmosphere as they entered Portmeirion. It was like nothing they had seen before in the UK. They could have been at an Italian coastal resort!
Excitement bubbled over as their coach drew up at the Portmeirion Hotel. This WAS different!
After they had unpacked, they set out to explore. What a wonderful view, and everyone was so relaxed. Nothing formal here!
Several couples were getting more intimately acquainted, and plans were made to spend the day doing sea-side type things.
Some took a stroll along the beach. They were surprised to see that even though the weather was quite cool, there were still people in swimming.
As was to be expected, several of the girls went shopping. They were captivated by the cute buildings and the sculpture and art, which definitely possessed a Mediterranean flavour!
Some braved the cold water at the beach, while others were keen to go fishing or sailing. Jimmy was surprised to discover that someone could outrun him, and Brady was receiving a health lecture from a concerned Becky! The children were enjoying the beach, and Barnaby had high hopes of going sailing, or fishing!
Hurley wasn't in the picture, because he was taking it!
They found the quaintest little streets, and even quainter buildings. Some had difficulty telling who was real and who wasn't, but it was all part of the fun of exploring a village that was unique.
There were plenty of Souvenir Shops, but Morgan was looking for something more feminine. She had to look after her complexion!
Finnegan had picked up some Aussie slang too. (Is Hurley perhaps giving lessons in 'Strine'?)
There was a marriage proposal from one smitten lad, while Boomer was up to his old tricks.
Hurley was getting his best shot!
Later, lunch was being served at the restaurant, but only the early bird catches the worm, they say, and there were quite a few who would have either to wait, or find somewhere else to dine!
Emma M illustrated her Aussie repertoire. (I wonder if Hurley is charging for 'Strine' lessons?! If so, he must be making quite a tidy little profit!)
The 'Rich and Famous', along with Molly and Felix, were having better luck finding a place to eat that wasn't fully occupied by hungry tourists.
Miss Hannah was considering becoming a property owner in Portmeirion! Well, if you've got the cash .....!
Though the surroundings appeared to be from the warm Mediterranean, unfortunately the climate was not. This was WALES, and it was cool. However, this did not stop our Matador from taking his exercise. This time, it took the form of paddling in the sea.
Boogie and Emma Y had observed Dasher's reflective mood and decided to do a bit of match-making! The results of their endeavours should prove interesting!
A group of shoppers found a novelty shop with lots of things to spark their interest. But Teddy's main interest seemed to be the ship's RN - Kelsie D! But oh, how embarrassing it is to be shy!
Morgan seems definitely to have had a calming influence on Nico. Or perhaps she has just brought out some maturity in the lad! It would seem that they are quite serious about each other.
The relationships between Captain Sydney and his Entertainment Officer, Lt Kelsie G, is deepening, and it would appear that Jake and Brandi L are 'going steady' too!
Romance is definitely in the air!
The fishing trip ended with a few surprises. Who would have thought that the boys (expert fishermen that they were) would be left 'holding the bait' while all the biggest fish were reeled in by --- Guess who?
So concluded their first day at Portmeirion. They had just one more day before boarding the plane for SPAIN.
They planned to spend it along the country walks and just relaxing in this delightful village.
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