"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."

From "Auguries of Innocence"

by William Blake

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

North Wales - Day 3 19th October - Portmeirion Part 2

After a picnic lunch we went back into the Village.

Just past the gatehouse there is a little round observation tower to the left of the path which gives lovely views of the estuary.

Then along a wooden path and down some steps onto the sea wall

which leads to the Hotel (used as the Old People's Home in The Prisoner)

Looking back towards The Village

Snowdonia from The Stone Boat

White Horses - once a fisherman's cottage. Patrick McGoohan stayed in this cottage during the filming of The Prisoner in 1966 and 1967

The Observatory Tower which contains a Camera Obscura


If you walk further alongside the estuary you come to a pretty little folly lighthouse marking Portmeirion's most southerly point but as it was looking like rain we retraced our steps and entered the woodland

Views of the Estuary from the edge of the woodland

The woods are beautiful and there are many footpaths through them - you can find all sorts of quirky features such as a Chinese Bridge, a Classical Temple, Pools, a Dog Cemetery, a gazebo etc. Its worth going there just to try out the best swing ever. I didn't take too many pictures today as the light within the woods was really poor but here are a few record shots.

Rainbow over the estuary

We eventually came back to the Village - it was after 5.00 p.m. now and the light was going as will be evident in some of the photos below!

Triumphal Arch

Salutation (used as the cafe in The Prisoner)

Several of the cottages are available on a self catering basis or as suites/rooms of the Hotel. I must admit I would love to stay here - one day perhaps..........

The skies were clear tonight and with little light pollution we looked at the stars and planets. The telescope revealed 3 of Jupiter's moons and you could see the Milky Way with the naked eye - it always makes me feel exceedingly insignificant!

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