Saturday, 10 August 2013

"I am not a number, I am a free man!"

"I am number two, you are number six." "Who is number one? " said the Prisoner.

Today we walked to the amazing Portmeirion, created by Clough William-Ellis. He spent 50 years working on Portmeirion, starting with a hotel on the estuary, and gradually designing buildings and follies.  He also bought or was given sections of existing buildings and statues to add to his Italianate village in mid Wales.
However, nowadays it is probably best known as the setting for the brilliant tv series The Prisoner starring Patrick McGoohan. Download an episode or two if you have not seen it.
We read that we could visit the village for free if we had lunch at Castell Deudraeth, which is a fancy restaurant on the edge of the village. So it was a great excuse to eat out in a lovely place with good food.
We followed it up with a wander around this fascinating place.

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