Saturday, September 17, 2016

Two earthquakes

As, I alluded to photographically in my last post, we stayed at Portmeirion, a hotel set upon the hillside on the coast of Wales in the local jurisdiction known as Gwynedd.

It was conceived of and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village and is now owned by a charitable trust.  It has been used for several films and was "The Village" for those of you who remember the TV show "The Prisoner".  There is a Disneyland like quality as it is fantastical to find a setting like this on the wild coast of Wales.  Views from our room:

And a view back at our room.  We're the ones with the open windows.  You can see the little bow window in the room itself.  The tall, single window to the right of it, is the bathroom window.  The toilet is right next to that window and offers a grand view of the Plaza below from there...hmmm.  'Nuff said.

As you can see from this picture, these buildings are built on the rock face of the cliff.

Now, as I see it, being built on a rock is a good thing, isn't it?  Wales does experience earthquakes, in fact two earthquakes in the last 5 years.  I looked it up.  A 3.0 in May 2015 and a 3.8 in May on 2013.  Luckily it's September And none of the 14 earthquakes around the UK in the last 50 days occurred in Wales.

We enjoyed an excellent dinner at the Castle Deudraeth and hit the sack.  The next morning, we had breakfast and then went for a walk along the coast walk.

After our walk, we packed up the car and headed out.  I'm going to leave you with a few oddities discovered at Portmeirion.  Below is a tree stump with various coins wedged into the cut face of it.  These coins are in there right and tight as if the wood grew around the coins.  Some were bent over as if pounded in.  Some were new, some old, some rusted.  It was intriguing and has no answer as to how the HECK?

Last, but certainly not least, is the picture of the maintenance guy here at the hotel solving the issue of mold/moss on the wall of the building across from our window. A new coat of paint apparently solves everything.

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