I have been trying to find the perfect venue to include from Wales. Mainly because my husband is Welsh, but also because we got engaged here….well almost. My, then boyfriend, planned an amazing weekend trip for us to Wales (we go every Spring) which included a Triumph Stag! First stop was a stay in Betws-Y-Coed. In Betws-Y-Coed you’ll find Fairy Glen which is a secluded gorge in a natural beauty spot. It is well worth a visit if you are in the area. Especially if you have kids and have grown up on fairy stories. I was about 8 weeks pregnant at the time and made a wish to the fairies to have a healthy pregnancy and baby. He was certainly that! (9lb 15oz if you’re interested)
That mist-clad land of whims and spells,
Floating music and tinkling bells;
A door lies hid beyond night’s pale,
Wrapped in a glimm’ring, shifting veil.
Portmeirion is a sight to behold and situated on the estuary of the River Dwyryd. It really is magical place, it’s the only way to describe it.
Portmeirion was created by the architect Clough Williams-Ellis from 1925 to 1976.
He wanted to show how a naturally beautiful site could be developed without spoiling it.
He hoped the village would make people to think about buildings in the landscape.
The village was built as a place people could enjoy for its own sake. It was supposed to be a place where events, concerts and exhibitions could take place.
So there we were standing in the bay, the sun was setting and as we looked into each others eyes….. “BARBARA, BARBARA!” (a husband calling to his wife) the moment was gone. An amazing weekend, but no ring. Where did we finally get engaged? That’s a story for another day.
I’ll be posting Portmeirion as wedding venue later today.