Holiday Report – 16 June 2015

Steps taken: 4,821
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Today’s fun started with a trip on the other railway that departs from Porthmadog’s Harbour Station: the famous Ffestiniog Railway, which took us to Blaenau Ffestiniog and back. Pictures of that later[1]. Before we caught the train we watched the Welsh Highland Railway train depart for Caernarfon. This is quite a sight, as to get from the station to the main part of the line, the train runs along the road for a short distance:

Crossing the road

Crossing the road

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/9
Shutter speed 1/200s
Focal length 22.4mm
ISO 640
Taken 09:43, 16 June, 2015
Location 52° 55.4881′ 0″ N 4° 7.6675′ 0″ W

Once back at Porthmadog, we headed for Portmeirion, the delightfully bonkers Italian-style village designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. It’s a hotel (you can stay in some really special buildings), a tourist attraction and of course, it was the setting for the 1967 TV series The Prisoner. It’s got some lovely buildings like these:

Portmeirion

Portmeirion

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/11
Shutter speed 1/400s
Focal length 34.5mm
ISO 400
Taken 15:48, 16 June, 2015
Location 52° 54.8014′ 0″ N 4° 5.8981′ 0″ W

And this:

Portmeirion

Portmeirion

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed 1/1250s
Focal length 26.6mm
ISO 400
Taken 15:41, 16 June, 2015
Location 52° 54.8056′ 0″ N 4° 5.9024′ 0″ W

And various odd bits of sculpture, art and, well, things like this:

Hanged Sheep

Hanged Sheep

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed 1/1900s
Focal length 116.1mm
ISO 400
Taken 15:42, 16 June, 2015
Location 52° 54.805′ 0″ N 4° 5.9018′ 0″ W

If you head down to the beach level, not only will you see a stone boat:

Err, Friends Reunited?

Err, Friends Reunited?

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/9
Shutter speed 1/600s
Focal length 18mm
ISO 400
Taken 15:15, 16 June, 2015
Location 52° 54.724′ 0″ N 4° 5.9359′ 0″ W

but you can also enjoy the view of the estuary (large balloons not in evidence today):

The Estuary

The Estuary

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/11
Shutter speed 1/280s
Focal length 58.9mm
ISO 400
Taken 15:04, 16 June, 2015
Location 52° 54.6582′ 0″ N 4° 5.9623′ 0″ W

There are various cafes and shops around the village, and we stopped at one for lunch, where I had a nicely thin and crispy pizza[2] while Geoff had a lasagne. A glass of local(ish) beer may have been included.

After that it was back to Porthmadog for supplies and then back to the Wenallt for our last night in North Wales.

More photos of all the places we’ve been will be appearing once I’m in front of a big screen and can choose and edit more easily.

Oh, and I would like to point out that I am not a number. Though if I was, I’d go for 42.

[1] Subject to usual disclaimers about tuit supplies
[2] Pepperoni, salami and chilli. Nice.