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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Our UK Getaway

As mentioned before we like to have at least two UK holidays and the first part of the one we planned for November had sentimental value because the first leg of our journey took us to North Wales.  I was brought up in Liverpool until I was 11 and most of our holidays and school trips were spent in Llandudno, Rhyll, Colwyn Bay and Colomendy. Furthermore, I have always wanted to visit Portmeirion having been a huge fan of the TV series The Prisoner as a youngster.  We set off for Wales on Wednesday 1st November with a flask and packup arriving mid afternoon in Porthmadog to glorious sunshine.  After settling into our hotel for our first night  we donned our coats and walked into the local town for a meal and a look around. The port was beautiful and we spotted that there was a traditional steam railway so decided we would have to return the next morning before going to Portmeirion. The Ffestiniog & West Highland  Railway is a volunteer-manned, narrow gauge steam train running through 14 miles of rural pasture and forests. 

Our first glimpse of the beautiful hills of Wales


Beautiful
Porthmadog
Beautiful views towards the mountains

Unfortunately we caught  a glimpse of the steam train just as we pulled out of the car park were queuing at the crossing next to a petrol station.. The photos aren't brilliant, but the cloud of steam it left in its wake was very impressive. 


Next came Portmeirion 'our' blast from the past.  The Prisoner starred Patrick McGoohan (Number 6) a former government agent who resigns abruptly.  He finds himself imprisoned in a bizarre mysterious seaside Village isolated  from the mainland by the sea and mountains. He spends his time trying to escape but is thwarted by big balloon like 'rovers' that thwart his attempts.  Looking a the huge and I mean huge estuary devoid of any sea water at low tide I can see why those scenes were filmed there.  



A huge expanse of beach and humongous jellyfish too!



Portmeirion village was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village. Of course Portmeirion is also famous for its China and here is a shop in the village.  But my fascination was with the village itself that was surrounded by beautiful woodland and great walks.  We spent 5 hours walking the length and breadth of  its stunning surroundings before heading towards  to our next hotel in Colwyn Bay. After settling into our room and having a cuppa we once again set out to have a look around and find food.  We chose OAP fish and chips @ £5.85 each with bread and butter and a cup of tea. Not only a bargain but delicious providing much needed fuel after 10 miles of walking! Back tomorrow with more. Tx 


21 comments:

  1. We visited North Wales earlier this year and we loved it. We'd never been before but it's somewhere we'd both love to go back to.

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    1. I will definitely be going back in the future.

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  2. We love Portmeirion, we've been 3 times when holidaying in Wales. It's fascinating - the buildings I mean, never mind the Prisoner connection.

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    1. It's beautiful and I'm so glad it's being preserved. We watched an episode of the Prisoner on YouTube the other evening being able to recognise all those buildings etc. Beautiful.

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  3. Long time ago......We got on the railway in sunshine in Porthmadog and got off at the slate place in pouring rain with no coats!
    Proper North Wales weather

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    1. We had almost two days of sunshine and half a day drizzle. But it didn't dampen our spirits. Next time we will stay longer and do the railway trip.

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  4. How lovely for you, we had our holiday in Wales this year and visited the same places, it is a beautiful place, who knows maybe we will be putting our roots down there, it is high on the list. x

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    1. I envy you. We saw lots of lovely homesteads and it all looked glorious. If I could have the Essex weather in Wales I'd be there tomorrow.

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  5. It's lovely to see your photographs Tania. It looks so beautiful.
    The fish and chips were a bargain and I find they always taste so much better when eaten near the sea. X

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    1. Although I love cooking, food always tastes better when someone else has cooked it.

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  6. It's a shame you didn't have time to go down to Black Rock Sands, just outside Porthmadog - it's a brilliant beach that you can drive onto - then leave the car and go for a great beach walk - Criccieth is another nice place to visit and have a stroll - glad you had a good holiday xx

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    1. Thanks for the info Trudie, I am keeping notes because we definitely want to return. Perhaps have a cottage in spring.

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  7. Thanks for the photo's of fab Portmeirion.

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    1. It is beautiful and quirky to. I believe you went recently to.

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  8. I've always wanted to go to Portmeirion too. Loved watching the Prisoner. It didn't really have an ending though.
    xx

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    1. I know what you mean but it was a bizaar program. There is a plaque in memory of Patrick McGoohan there.

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  9. I love that area = I am envious (especially of the fish and chips)

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    1. It is beautiful and getting fish and chips at a concessionary price was great.

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  10. Beautiful!!!

    You had lovely weather for exploring and finding that jellyfish is something beyond amazing.

    God bless.

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    1. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the size of it.

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