Today, we can see Chinese copies of Venice, London and other European capitals - but what makes Portmeirion unique is that it was conceived soon after the First World War. I've visited the village eight or nine times, each visit is a great experience, each one offers new glimpses and vistas.
Like last year, I was here with Eddie and Cousin Hoavis; we spent a long day at Portmeirion. Below: Eddie strides towards the Council Building.
Below: the post Portmeirion Hotel, which consists of the buildings in this picture, as well as many dotted around the village itself.
Below: yet another folly - non-functioning lighthouse overlooking the estuary
Below: the smaller of two fountains that grace the village. Note the light-blue on white colour scheme.
Below: a cannon guards the approaches from the sea.
Below: general view of Portmeirion from the Gazebo feature up on an opposite hillside
This time last year:
Beach day, Llyn Peninsula
This time two years ago:
Down with cars in city centres!
This time three years ago:
8am and 26C already