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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen July 22nd 2018

Days 28 and 29 - By Car, Boat, and Train After breakfast we checked out and drove over to the beach. It was another lovely morning in Scotland, meaning the sun ALMOST came out. We stopped at the amusement park from last night and rode the VR roller coaster Michelle had been eyeing before we left. Then we headed to Innoflate, a new inflatable fun house. We got a nifty pair of lime green antimicrobial socks, and tickets for a half hour of bouncing. 30 minutes was PLENTY. After the first 15 minutes of bouncing, sliding, bouncing, climbing, bouncing, running through inflated obstacles, and more bouncing were ready for a break and wondering just how long we had been in there. Tony showed off his ability to launch small children into the air as well as ... read more
Scotland East Coast
Super Green
Bouncy Bouncy

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen June 21st 2018

With the sun rising just after 4am and curtains that did not block out the light, we stirred early, packed speedily and even with a leisurely cooked breakfast, were on the road to Aberdeen by 9am. We had missed the Cairngorms National Park on the last leg because it was pouring rain, so with that route still an option we decided the sun would entice us to take the scenic route. Trusting ourselves to the capricious Google maps we set off - realising as soon as we hit the mountains and thick forest that we only had a quarter tank of petrol! Carr Bridge was the first little town and we pulled in thankfully to the service station. So the little red Clio was fuelled for 80 something bucks but I struggled to find good food ... read more
Views in the Scottish highlands
Peter heading into another burn to find another ancestral mill!
Our accommodation at Ardoe House castle, a Mercure hotel

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen May 26th 2018

We arrived in Aberdeen Wed 23 May after driving through the picturesque fertile farming region of Angus/Aberdeen. And, yes, fields of gold everywhere. We checked in to the Great Western Guest House. The proprietors, Paul & Wanapat, were very welcoming and friendly. Our room had a big photo of Sydney Harbour on the wall. Cute! We teed off at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club at 8am the next day. A little cool. Light jumper and jacket stayed on for 18 holes. Royal Aberdeen is a reciprocal club of Royal Canberra. The club and the course lived up to our expectations. A typical links course and quite tough. I was advised to play the Green Tees - thank goodness! I lost no balls (possibly because I was in so many bunkers lol). Bill only lost one but not ... read more
Great night at Blackfriars Aberdeen
The Grampian Pride March Aberdeen
Balmoral

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen July 27th 2016

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 ... read more
Remembering a Viking past
Off he goes!
Statue of Robert the Bruce

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen July 21st 2016

Well it's all over! But what a fantastic Dickens Fellowship International Conference it turned out to be. Sincere thanks to Paul Schlicke, Chairman of the DF Aberdeen branch; Gillian, Marian, Sally, Neil, Sandy and all other members of the Aberdeen DF who helped to make the conference such a roaring success. They were all friendly, helpful and enthusiastic, looking after any requests and sorting out any minor glitches for us all and were greatly appreciated. With our accomodation in the student digs of Crombie Hall and many of the lectures taking place on campus at Aberdeen University it was all very convenient. For those events which were off campus buses ferried us there and back. The official welcome and dinner took place at Elphinstone Hall with an introduction by Paul Schlicke and the welcome reception hosted ... read more
Michelle at Powis Gates
Crombie House which was our home away from home
Michelle and the Scottish piper outside Elphinstone Hall

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen July 19th 2016

Aberdeen is known as both Granite City (which most of the buildings are made of) and Grey City (which is the colour of all those granite buildings). Scotland's third most populated city, the area around Aberdeen has been settled for over 8,000 years so it has a very interesting history. With a full day free before the conference started this gave us time to discover some of what Aberdeen has to offer. The weather on our first day was just perfect too; hardly a cloud in the sky and no sign of anything as miserable as rain which apparently Aberdeen has had a lot of recently. We soon found this out for ourselves as there was a thunder storm during the night and it rained for most of the next day which did restrict us somewhat. ... read more
The entrance to Crombie Hall
Aberdeen Maritime Museum
View from the Maritime Museum over the wharf area

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen July 18th 2016

Thomas Cook (1808-1892) began his international travel company - now the world's best known name in travel - when he organised a special train to carry 500 passengers from Leicester to Loughborough to attend a temperance meeting. A distance of 12 miles there and back, Cook charged one shilling for the return journey which took place on 5 July 1841. Four years later his travel business was showing a profit by which time he had expanded the services offered. By 1851 more than 150,000 people from Yorkshire, Derby, Nottingham and Leicester travelled through Thomas Cook's agency to London to visit the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park. Four years later Cook offered his first continental tour. And so a travel business was born. To honour Thomas Cook there is a statue of him close to the entrance ... read more
Leicester's Campbell Street Railway Station
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Soon the Railway companies were into the hotel business

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen August 23rd 2015

Geo: 57.1475, -2.09539The ferry docked in Aberdeen at 7am, after a comfortable 12hr crossing. We were temporarily flummoxed by a lack of Internet connection (the ferry wi-fi was rubbish) and no downloaded Google maps to use. We (Robyn) got talking to a gent while we were looking at the Aberdeen Castle Gate. This fellow was a local who had an opinion on everything, and barely drew breath between sentences. He was entertaining and his stories sounded true. He did deliver on wi-fi though, and gave us the password for a local private network that got us up and running again.So we visited Aberdeen's Trump International Golf Course that apparently had heating under the resorts roads so they remained passable in icy weather. £215 green fees, but there were plenty of people playing. Then we drove south ... read more
Aberdeen Castle Gate
The white Carnoustie Hotel
The Kelpies near Falkirk

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen November 30th 2014

Last week I made the decision to step away from work in 2015. Many thanks to my bosses Peter & Ian for their patience in giving me the time to consider the available work options, however the call of trying something a bit different was just too strong. I will leave work at some stage in January 2015, head on a ski holiday the first week of Feb & then strike off to another part of the world to kick start a year (or so) of adventure. So, now what? In no particular order I plan to sort out the following: Sell or rent out my house; Follow up an initial plan of spending 2 months in Nepal (mid Feb to mid Apr); Book a trip to New York - part of 40th b'day celebrations with ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen April 21st 2013

I arrived via the train between Edinburgh and Aberdeen on a Sunday. For some reason my reserved seat was occupied by an obstinate woman who couldn’t seem to understand why she wasn’t allowed to sit with her family. Instead of arguing the merits of “reserved seating” I decided to find a different coach and deal with the substantially more appealing option of sitting next to someone other than this woman’s husband, daughter, and mother-in-law. After all, I was sick and in no mood to listen to a family bicker. This illustrates the importance of two critical perspectives when traveling: remain flexible; always look on the bright side. The train ride itself was pleasant enough and had some great scenery. I am very impressed with the amount of stone walls. I expected the tradition of stone walls ... read more
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