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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 29, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, October 59, 1971 Dream-like scene in north Wales Mediterranean transplant? By CAROL KENNEDY LONDON (OF) Down on the rocky rim of Cardigan Bay in north Wales, Uie un- suspecting tourist may hap- pen upon a dream-like scene that looks as though some wizard lias transplanted il bodily from a Mediterranean shore. This dazzling, many-colored mixture of Italiauate domes, campaniles, balustrades, foun- tains and eye-deceiving perspectives, all tumbling down a wooded headland, is Portmcirion, a resort village conjured out of the cliffs 45 years ago hy veteran archi- tect Clough Williams-Ellis. Before the Second World War, Portmeirion did not ap- pear on maps or gazeltcers of Wales. It slill is listed in many atlases as Pcnrhyndcu- draeth, its old-established neighboring village. Williams-Ellis, now, R8 ac- quired I he site in J926, a rocky peninsula near his own ancestral homo, Plas Bron- danw. He started from scratch, clearing the tangled forest and turning a cliff-edge mansion into a hotel. JACK-OF-ALL-TRADES As he writes in his autob- iography, Architect En-ant, recently published by Consta- ble, he was in the happy posi- 2 71-room luxury hotel for Halifax HALIFAX Halifax Devel- opments Limited and CP Hotels announced plans for a mil- lion, 271-room luxury hotel in Scotia Square in downtown Halifax. The hotel, as yet unnamed, will be open for business in the spring of 1973. Construction starts next month. Passport troubles in Tonga NUKUALOFA Some Tongans who wanted to go overseas on holiday had to 5lay at home this summer. The kingdom ran out of pass- ports. When the Immigration De- partment found itself out of stock, .it placed an order for more but the printer was snowed under with other gov- ernment orders. The immigration office said 741 passports had been issued and stocks were exhausted. Meanwhile, more than 50 would-be travellers, the majority bound for New Zealand for a holiday, had to wait for weeks with their bags packed. Yellowstone open for winter for first time As the first snowflakes fly over our nation's oldest and largest national park, exciting news is also in the air. Yellow- stone, thermal wonderland, wildlife sanctuary and summer playground f or vacationers from all over the world, will open her white wonders to vis- itors this winter. For the first time in the park's 100 year his- tory, guests may enjoy winter- time adventures, food and overnight accommodations in the very heart of the park at Old Faithful. Appropriately named "Snow Lodge" the newly offered win- ter facility will serve up rest and relaxation spiced with hearty meals and a host of win- ter activities. Snowcoach ex- cursions and snowmobile, sn o w s h o e and ski-touring jaunts will emanate from Snow Lodge. The new hotel will be a major conference and resort centre in the heart of the Halifax busi- ness district, combining meet- ing and banquet space for more than 500 people with an indoor-outdoor swimming pool and other recreation facilities on a landscaped plaza. Halifax Developments Limit- ed, owner of the million Scotia Square project, and CP Hotels will be joint owners o! Uie hotel. The property will bo managed by CP Hotels. Halifax is a centre of tourist and business activity, the largest retail market in the Maritimes and a leading trans- portation centre, said H. M. Piekard of Calgary, chairman and president of CP Hotels, "Our aim is not only to meet the immediate demands of this rapidly expanding market but to make a significant contribu- tion to t h e future growth of tourism and business in Nova Scotia." The new hotel will be built on a plaza above six floors of park- ing and shopping malls. It will include a seven-storey main tower and twin two-storey wings grouped in a U-shape around a free-form, heated swimming pool. Cupid upsets Donegal CROLLY Cupid has up- set almost 25 per cent of the labor force of an industry in this tiny Gaelic-speaking vil- lage of Crolly, Co. Donegal in northwest Ireland, the home of the famous Crolly doll in- dustry, where two girl em- ployees were married and seven others got engaged during one week recently. Said the factory manager, Fergal MacAoide: It all happened so quickly. Before we went off for the annual holidays, only two of the girls were engaged. But after we got back, I seemed to see en- gagement rings everywhere." Forty girls are employed in the factory which was set up in 1940 to r e d u c e unem- ployment in the area. The Crolly dolls are dis- tinctively Irish. They are dressed in native Aran sweaters and costumes and are of particular interest to tourists. lion of being "landowner, clerk-of-works, architect, client, paymaster and builder, all rolled into able to indulge all the baroque fan- cies of his imagination on a virgin site. Itight from the start, Porl- meirion attracted a following of creative artists wrighls, novelists, painters and of whom rented its picturesque villas for a summer season. Noel Coward wrote the whole of his wartime comedy Blithe Spirit there in a single week. More recently, the BBC used thif Welsh version of It- aly's Portofino as the setting for a television thriller series called The Prisoner. Each year, more than tourists from Britain and abroad trek to Cardigan Bay to see what author Lewis Mumford, writing in The New Yorker, called "a gay, delib- erately irresponsible reaction against so much that passes as modern architecture." 'HAPPY RELIEF' Mumford, an expert on modern architecture and town planning, described Portmei- rion as "a folly in the 18th century sense relaxing and often enchanting, a happy relief from the grim absurdi- ties of our thermo-nuclear strategists." Writer James Morris, who lives at nearby Criccieth, once wrote: "You can expect to meet al- most anyone there, from a re- tired prime minister to a tele- vision actor learning his lines. It is hostile only to prigs, bores and despoilers; its ec- centricity is all genial; and its charm Is partly the serenity of a lost society with time, money and hospitality to spare." Today, a couple of Portmei- rion's restaurants arc in Brit- ain's Good Food Guide anH the little community does a thriving year-round trade in pottery and other folkware. Outside Portmeirion, Wil- liams-Ellis is probablv best known for his L'oyd George mausoleum in Caernarvon- shire. Elsewhere his works in- clude such unlikelv bedfellows as the Battersea Dogs' Home in London, a Christian Science church in Belfast, mansions for British merchants in pre- Communist China and the conversion of S'towe, a mag- nificent 18th century stately home, into the boys' school that bears its name. IN KNEE-BREECHKI He is one of the fa- mous Anglo-Welsh characters in the country, invariably dresses in knee-breeches and yellow stockings and still has almost total recall of his col- orful nine decades of life. In his autobiography, he re- calls seeing Queen Victoria's first jubilee in 1887 and, as a schoolboy, shaking hands with the legendary Dr. W. G. Grace, the grandfather of English cricket. He was at Cambridge Uni- versity with Charles Rolls, later co-founder of Rolls- Royce, who hung up in his roo'm a police summons he had received for failing to have 'he requisite man with a red flag walking in front of his car. Married for 56 years to the former Amabel S t r a c h e y, daughter of a famous editor of The Spectator, Williams-Ellis asked for a ruined tower as a wedding present from his Welsh Guards regiment. His life has been full of such quixotic whims. Polluted skies worry Arizona By LES SCJILANGEN PHOENIX, Ariz. (API Vapor trails from high-flying jets and emissions from auto- mobiles and copper smelters are polluting the clean air which has been the trademark of Arizona and its abundant sun- shine and sparkling desert vis- tas Arizona has tapped a mother lode of tourism yielding more than a half-billion dollars an- nually. But a growing number of Arizonans are beginning to question the merit of dangling this bait before outsiders, espe- cially industry. There's a grow- ing anxiety about horizons blurred by the haze so fa- miliar to residents of industrial cities. Last October, the semi annual meeting of Town Hall, a gather- ing of leaders representing most shades of Arizonans, adopted a resolution to "stop soliciting out-of-state industry to move here." Delegates even rebuffed a powerful in-state industry by calling for an end to the bill- board blight along main high- ways. Legislators, goaded to action by the concern of residents of Phoenix and Tucson, the state's most populous cities, approved a stringent air pollution code in 1970. Arizona's most widely-known citizen, Republican Sen. Barry Goldwater, has become increas- ingly concerned over the murky haze that all too frequently veils an imposing view of Phoenix from his hilltop home. Sitting before a picture win- dow overlooking the city, he said, "I call it 'smust.' It's not real smog like LA.'s." Goldwater is cautious about blaming the copper smelters and mines, still an important c.ntribuior to Arizona's econ- omy, for the blight. He wants speedier research to divert the nation from conventional meth- ods of generating electricity. Korea booms Korea, the ancient "land of morning has reached a busy high noon of modern eco- nomic activity, and today shares some of the sort of mushrooming prosperity that Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong have enjoyed in recent years. Seoul has grown in only 25 years from 'ess than a million to fiv- and a half million peo- ple. Construction of a subway is under way. The rapid growth of the city ,ch Korea's centre of business, finance, transportation and industry as well as its capital is a gauge of the entire country's growth in population, technol- ogy and trade. RESORT VIUAGE Porlmeirion, Wales, is a resort village thai attracts more lhail tourists from Britain and abroad each year. Conjured out of the cliffs 45 years ago by veteran architect Clough Williams-Ellis, it is a mixture of Italianale domes, cam- paniles, balustradss, fountains and perspectives. Portmeirion attracts a following of creative novelists, painters and of whom rent its picturesque villas for the summer Special cruises offered Christmas in Caribbean P and O's 42.000-ton liner Oriana, which first brought winter cruising to Canada's west coast in 1868, this season will make two 10-day runs to Mexico, followed by two month long voyages to the Caribbean and return. Both Mexican cruises begin in San Francisco on December 1 and December 10. Connecting air fares from Vancouver are included in the price of the tick- et and the second voyage does terminate in Vancouver on De- cember 21. Ports of call include Los Angeles, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco. The popular Caribbean: Christmas cruise begins in Vancouver on December 211 I with an itinerary which in- Canadians urged to spend more vacations at home VANCOUVER (CP) Cana- dians were urged here to spend more vacations in their own country to help reduce a travel trade deficit that last year hit ?235 million. F. G. Brander, president of the Travel Industry Association of Canada, said if Canadians would divert one out of every 10 trips they usually take out- side the country, it would in- crease Canada's travel income by about S50 million. He told the Vancouver Board of Trade that between six and seven per cent of Canada's to- tal income is made from for- eign tourists. While this is the country's second largest source of for- eign exchange, Mr. Brander said Canadians continue to spend more in other lands than visitors spend here. Hi said Canadians are cur- rently the world's greatest in- terna'tional travellers per capi- ta and will spend more than j billion on vacations this year. eludes San Francisco. Los An- geles, Puerto Vallarta, Balboa, Cristobal, La Guaira, Barbados, Martinique, St. Thomas, and Curacao. It features gala Christmas and New Year cele- brations at sea along with all the excitement of the sunny Caribbean, and it doesn't end until Oriana once again steams under the Lions Gate on Jan- uary 17. It's carnival time in the Caribbean for the second month-long voyage departing on January 20 for California, Mexico, Panama, and six dif- ferent ports in the Caribbean. Voyage end is February 17, back in Vancouver. Fares for Mexican cruises start at and for Caribbean holidays at Magic mile NASSAU, Bahamas Bay Street is the Champs Elysees, Fifth Avenue and Bond Street of the Bahamas capital. It runs from the eastern end of New Providence Island to the west- ern end but tire magic mile for shoppers is right in the middle. 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