Exploring Aberdeen and a trip to Orkney


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July 27th 2016
Published: July 29th 2016
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I spent Wednesday exploring a little more of Aberdeen. The way to go is on foot as much as possible. So, after catching the bus into Union Street - the Main Street running through the city from Union Square - I ventured to see Robert the Bruce, King of the Scots whose statue was in front of Marischal College which now provides corporate and council offices. The construction of Marischal College, which began in 1835 is considered by many Aberdonians to be an icon of the Granite City and is the second largest granite building in the world. From there I set off on the walk to Duthrie Park. Taking in a coffee stop along the way it took me about an hour to arrive there to find lots of families enjoying the facilities the park had to offer. Amongst these was the Winter Garden which showcased some beautiful flowers. Amongst these were many geraniums which would have delighted Dickens since they were his favourite flowers.

It was a day on my lonesome as Kev had left to explore Orkney, having caught the Northlink Ferry there which left Aberdeen on Tuesday evening at 5pm. With a sailing time of six hours, in view of the fact that I get seasick and the North Sea can make it a rough journey sometimes, I decided not to go. It wasn't worth the risk so deciding not to go seemed the sensible thing to do although when Kev rang me on Skype in the morning he reported that the sea had been like a millpond. Them's the breaks!

Since I won't be able to download the photos of his Orkney trip from Kev's camera until we get back home I'll do an Orkney travel blog then.

Later on Wednesday afternoon I set off on another walk, this time to walk across the Brig o'Balgownie, Scotland's oldest medieval bridge dating from 1286. There were some lovely old houses in the area around the bridge.

Kev arrived back from Orkney around 7.30am Thursday morning in time for breakfast before heading to Aberdeen station to catch the train to Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire for our next little adventure.


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Time to say goodbye Time to say goodbye
Time to say goodbye

To our Scottish friend who looked after us at Crombie House
About to catch a train to Huntingdon About to catch a train to Huntingdon
About to catch a train to Huntingdon

Via Edinburgh and Peterborough


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