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Harmonious with macaroon coloured walls of Portmierion, this pastel co-ord I made was the perfect outfit for a mannerly meander through the romantic village.

Simple, soft and clean cut- I tailored a fit and flare skirt with a box flared crop using a light scuba fabric.

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Our mission was to climb Mount Snowdon; to increase our pulse, to tire our muscles and then revel in the satisfaction of conquering the highest peak in Wales. But our first mission was finding mighty mountain.
An area of narrow, tall hedged winding roads is a hazardous feature for the urban tourist. Accustomed to concrete forests, the abundance of greenery becomes indistinguishable, as do the unpronounceable signposts to the English monolinguist.
The mountainous backdrop soon began to arise from the exhausting labyrinth and compass us towards its direction.
Like sitting front row in the cinema, the mountainous scenery was on full screen, we were at Snowdon’s base. And as it turned out, so was everyone else…
With the car parks full, we decided to do the driving tour of Snowdon. Hilly roads provided an exhilarating roller coaster ride, with stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
So I guess this is a lazy guide to Snowdon, but it gives me all the more reason to return!

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Staycations have prevailed this year, and although I am an advocate for UK adventuring, I can’t help but pine for sun kissed, Mediterranean meanders through a pretty white washed village.
Portmeirion did not disappoint. My lust fulfilled, we left behind the rural backdrop of Wales for an hour or two and became captivated into an Italian-esque, fantasy village.

Influenced by the Baroque movement, designer Sir Clough Williams-Ellis has manipulated this artificial village with sublime opulence.
It is beautifully constructed upon the landscape, with dramatic architecture accentuating the hillside that gazes down onto the River Dwyryd estuary.

Portmeirion succeeds at seducing you into this pursuit of perfectionism of macaroon coloured buildings embellished with romantic Renaissance art, stucco sculpturing and peeping arches that overlook the river.
You become part of the idealism, playing a role as you stroll along the cobble stoned paths, pretending you are Lucy Honeychurch in ‘A Room With a View’.

So, after a pleasant wander through the gardens, a ponder in the fountain square and an alfresco dine outside the gelato shop we were ready to head back to reality.

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Historic town Caernarfon boasts a grandiose status with its medieval castle overlooking the river Sieont. Whilst it’s town reveals a quaintness, intrinsically built around the relic walls and with it’s intimate streets that lead you to the harbour.

An array of pastel washed townhouses and brightly hued shops mellow the stern grey walls of the fortress.
It’s photo snapping tourists (including myself) and friendly cafe culture, leave no hint of the austere and intimidating medieval town that once stood.

After a curious cycle around the area, the lure of the colourful gelato shop enticed us in. And so we stood, in the shadows of Caernarfon Castle happily licking away our gelato’s!
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