Yesterday (1st March) was St David’s Day, (The Welsh god of rock n’ roll) so as a treat I thought I’d take a visit to the cultural capital of North Wales (and I don’t mean Rhyl!) 😉
“Where am I?……..In the village…..what do you want?…….Information?………you might get it!”
Yep! I’m in the lovely little Italiana village of Portmeirion created by the eccentric but wonderful Clough Williams-Ellis. Made famous to the world through the 1960’s sci-fi/fantasy TV adventure series THE PRISONER.
Pormeirion is basically a home for fallen buildings, an eclectic mix of architectural styles….buildings rescued from demolition and lovingly recreated on this little Welsh peninsular known as Aber La (Frozen mouth)
Clough originally wanted to establish an ‘idealised’ township on a mythical island off the coast of Spain/Portugal. He renamed the peninsular ‘Portmeirion’ and set about restoring a variety of Mediterranean and classical style buildings collected from all parts of the UK. The effect is one of brilliance and genius. It’s like walking onto a film set…..an unearthly place, familiar yet surreal at the same time.
As a child I remember seeing and loving The Prisoner with Patrick McGoohan in the 60’s not realising and amazed to find in my teens that ‘The Village’ was Portimeirion less than 2 hours drive from Liverpool…..it seemed to me to be from another universe. To my young mind I couldn’t understand how anybody could ‘create’ a place like this?
The village first appeared on television in the classic first episode (View from the Villa) of Danger Man starring Patrick McGoohan in 1964, another childhood favourite of mine! 😉
I do love Portmeirion and try to visit as often as I can, tis a great day out and you can also stay overnight at the hotel!
“I will not be filed, stamped, indexed,briefed, debriefed or numbered…..my life is my own”
Find out more from the Portmeirion website here!
And for more about The Prisoner and the official ‘six of one’ appreciation society here!
BE SEEING YOU…………