Where is it? Portmeirion, Gwynedd, North Wales What do you love about it? Quite simply, blink twice and you might start to think you are strolling through a romantic town in Italy. This exceptionally picturesque little village was intentionally built with this very thing in mind by the Welsh architect and conservationist, Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. He bought a peninsula in North Wales on a whim and started building in 1925. Owing to some disruption brought on during the war years, the village was finally completed in 1976. I like to think Sir Clough was an old-school romantic at heart having followed his dreams to build a coastal village on a clifftop close to his home. To build something so beautiful, he must have had a love affair with architecture and design from an early age. With coastal views and beautiful gardens and woodland to wander through, as well as vibrant and colourful Italianate architecture,…

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Where is it? Menai Strait, Anglesey, North Wales What do you love about it? It’s a striking welcome for visitors to the Isle of Anglesey after crossing over from mainland Wales. The Menai Suspension Bridge was the biggest suspension bridge in the world when it was built in 1826 and through its design, Thomas Telford was able to take away the significant danger people faced when crossing the strong tides and currents of the Menai Strait by boat. I found it breathtakingly beautiful the first time I saw it but I appreciate it so much more knowing the significance of the Bridge and the impact it had on people. Why does it make you smile? The bridge is a large man-made heavy structure which at first seems like it should dominate the photograph. Instead the bridge looks as if it has simply been picked up like a piece of lego and dropped in the middle of…

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