Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Watch out for the big white ball!

If Charles and Camilla had visited Portmeirion last week instead of yesterday they'd have had the pleasure of meeting us. Their loss. Although they probably wouldn't have waited until after 3.30 in order to get in for half price anyway.

Portmeirion gained fame in the late sixties when it was used as the setting for the television series, The Prisoner. It's a tiny village/tourist attraction, designed and built by Sir Clough William-Ellis in the first half of the twentieth century. He wanted to show there was an alternative to the usual way of building a town. Often described as Italianate architecture, on the official website it says the first stage was built in the Arts and Crafts style, with the second stage being more classical or Palladian. I don't know what that means but it's a very pretty little place.
With many strange and definitely unusual features.
The village is built on a hillside.
Overlooking the estuary.
The village of Portmeirion is pretty and interesting but the views across the estuary and out to sea are the real stars for me.

3 comments:

Rose said...

What a beautiful place! I used to watch "The Prisoner" all the time, because I had a secret crush on Patrick McGoohan after watching him first on "Secret Agent." I always just assumed this was some stage set created on a film lot in London.

Too bad Charles and Camilla didn't get a chance to meet you. But you saw Paul McCartney in concert?? Ohhh, now I am jealous! I'll take seeing Paul over Charles any day!

NitWit1 said...

I love the "sea" view too, but the "ram' (?) and urn sign? were fascinating. Do they have any significance, like a business?

Liz said...

Me too, rose!

No, not that I could see, nitwit. It was a real mix of Italian-inspired sculptures and golden buddhas and all sorts.