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Sunday, 25 March 2007

The Prisoner........

We got to talking about the cult television programme from 1967 called The Prisoner starring Patrick McGoohan. The series deals with the predicament of a top-level government agent who resigns his job and is kidnapped and imprisoned in a mysterious place called the "Village". His captors attempt to break him, while he resists and tries to escape. This conversation led to us looking through our photographs of our visit to Portmerrion in Wales, which is actually the "Village" from the series.

All photographs copyright 2007
Portmerrion was built by Sir Clough Williams Ellis in two stages: from 1925 to 1939 the site was ‘pegged-out’ and its most distinctive buildings were erected. From 1954-76 he filled in the details. See here .










It is a truly remarkable place with architecture mainly Italian in design, but with lots of quirky additions such as the stone boat in the harbour.

The Human Chess game










The mini mokes used in the series.









Here's the beach where they filmed the scene of Patrick McGoohan being chased by the giant ball.








There are also spectacular gardens and you can even stay there in the Portmerrion Hotel










There is a shop selling memorabilia from "The Prisoner" and a shop selling the famous Portmerrion pottery.











So, as you can see it is a beautiful and interesting place to visit, you can walk round for hours and spend lots of money, if the mood takes you.


My knee
Sunday 25th March
Not much change today - no better but no worse - so that's OK.

16 comments:

Queenie said...

Math here, see she has passed on the news, will be back posting in a couple of days, when some of the swellings gone down. see yah

Akelamalu said...

Hi, yes it's good news. Talk soon.

Catch said...

this was very interesting....I remember Patrick McGoohan....you have some great pictures too! I do hope your friend Queenie is up and around very soon. Hope you are enjoying a pleasant weekend!

Akelamalu said...

Hi Catch,
Thanks, glad you like the pictures. I wasn't sure if you got "The Prisoner" over the pond, but Portmerrion is a lovely place regardless.

Queenie has a badly sprained and bruised wrist,not broken thankfully.

Vita said...

My MIL had a new knee last June, and got a scare Friday that it was infected.

Hey, this is a fun post. That was once my favorite show.

Congrats on loosing all that special stuff and your fabulous knee bending abilities.

Tammy said...

I'm not familiar with the show...but the village looks very interesting...a beautiful place to visit...I'm glad you got to so we could see the pictures!
:-D

Akelamalu said...

Vita
Oooer, I hope MIL's knee is OK? I know it's an ongoing thing after knee replacement to be careful not to get any infection because it goes straight to the bones!

Akelamalu said...

Hi Tammy glad you like the pictures. If you get over to England make it one of the places you visit you will love it.

Elween said...

u took those picture yourself? love the scenery :) that pisture of the chess garden somehow reminded me of Alice in the Wonderland..(?) haha

msg to queenie (if akelamalu doesn't mind...)--> hope you are feeling better now. get well soon :)

Akelamalu said...

elween
MWM took the photographs and yes I see what you mean about the chess game. Actually the whole place is a bit Alice in Wonderland!

I'll pass the message onto queenie if she doesn't see it, thanks for thinking of her. :)

Nea said...

I really enjoy getting a glimpse of your life and the countryside, and the places that are available to visit and places to eat. I watch a lot of BBC productions, and have always had a fascination to visit someday.

Nea said...

by the way, very nice playlist, I enjoy the songs. I probably stayed a lot longer than needed, but I wanted to hear the music. :) Very much enjoyed "Simply Red"

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