We got back Monday night from a weekend in Wales staying William’s sister and her husband. We always look forward to going to stay with Brenda and Arthur because we always, always have a good time with them.
We set off as planned at around one o’clock on Saturday afternoon when William came home from work. This in itself was a miracle because Victoria had asked me if I would put her hair colour on for her before I went and then Caroline rang at the last minute and asked if I would trim her hair for her before I went. I managed to do both of these things and put my own hair colour on too, pack the suitcase and tidy the house all before William came home!
Anyway, onto the weekend. On Sunday, as planned before our visit, Brenda and Arthur took us down to Portmeirion. A place I had known about for a long time but had never ever visited.
We started the afternoon with the obligatory picnic. There is something just so nice, for want of a better word, about eating a picnic lunch in the great outdoors. Then into Portmeirion itself. Portmeirion is a little piece of the Mediterranean right in the heart of Wales and what a beautiful, unique place it is!
The village was the brainchild of architect, Clough Williams-Ellis, who had a dream of building a coastal village. His dream began to take shape when he purchased this land in 1925. More info can be found at the official website here.
The village has a beautiful hotel in the grounds and this is the resident’s pool, not open to the public.
There are great photo opportunities at every turn, like this one on the right with stunning views over the estuary.
I half knew what to expect of Portmeirion, I’ve seen photographs of it here and there and I’m happy to report that the reality of it does not disappoint. Not one little bit.
We had a great time wandering around, having a coffee outside one of these beautiful buildings, surrounded by wonderful scenery, in good company and what’s more in glorious sunshine. What more can one ask?
One last thing. To Brenda and Arthur who will read this sooner or later – thank you for a great weekend!
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