Thanks to the disaster of being at Anglesey and the hell-hole that is HolyHead, I was sated enough to visit the longest place-name in Europe just before we headed on over the Menai Bridge to get back to mainland Wales. I think the bridge in itself is a feat of wondrous feat of engineering and just goes to reflect that even though there is the natural beauty of the country just west of England, there is also manmade beauty. Check this out.
Over the bridge, we stayed in Caernarfon for an extra night before heading to a taste of Italy right in the corner of Wales. I needed my sunshine fix right now and surely Italy can give me that, right? This place, my friends, is called Portmeirion!
Famed for its blue and white stripy pottery on its premises, it also adds to another fame of being built in the style of a rustic Italian village built between 1925 and 1975 by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, and now currently owned by a charitable trust.
Based on the town of Portofino in Italy, this has served to be the set of many films and shows, most notably the television show ‘The Prisoner’. This delightful and extremely colourful Mediterranean style village definitely brought the goofiness in me as I explored the sea annotation influence throughout my afternoon there. Check out the pics.
It truly was a nice afternoon to spend at a place where it was truly different from the Welsh traditional style of life but again, Wales has its quirks and weirdness. However, my attempts to buy some pottery for my mother was destroyed when I would have to pay another fee to get into the pottery itself so I had to make do with buying some Welsh piccalilli myself. Ah, if in doubt, buy a yorkshire lass some food for the house.
Meanwhile, goofiness was over and back on the road to visit more of North Wales but that means going through Snowdonia like what we did before with Tom of TomarHawk again. Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Have you been to Portmeirion? What were your thoughts?
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