Aberdeen City in Bloom
Favorite thing: Aberdeen has won the coveted award of Britian in bloom competition many times - the city comes alive with colour from Cherry blossom and daffodils in spring time to fall colours in Autumn. The city has many parks and greenspace and the local council gardeners work hard to keep the city a very green place indeed.
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Favorite thing: Quite early on in my time at Aberdeen I made a point of going to Allanvale Cemetery because I knew my maternal grandfather was buried there. He was one of the victims of the Influenza epidemic that swept across the world after WWI. He was only 33 years old. I managed to ask at an office for directions and found the grave, although it had no stone on it. I find cemeteries very tranquil places , and frequently wander around them,.
I find some of the inscriptions very informative, others moving, and one belonging to an Italian woman very romantic. her husband had had inscribed beneath her photograph set in glass, "Life with you ,dear,a glorious [or was it wonderful] adventure."
Fondest memory: I suppose my favourite memories are meeting my husband, and getting married in Aberdeen.
Castle of Echos
Favorite thing: Ensure a visit to the ancient castle of Dunnottar.
The best hour is around midnight. The stars blaze like jewels, while the sea still has it's say. Build a fire and sing celtic songs with friends. Pure passion.
Go to see Kings College - now...
Favorite thing: Go to see Kings College - now the main Aberdeen University Campus. Especially on a sunny day it looks absolutely lovely. And if there's a wedding coming out of Kings College Chapel......well, you can probably imagine the scene!
Fondest memory: Belmont Street is a great wee place, with all sorts of pubs, cafes, clubs and shops - and all on one small street! There's also The Belmont - an independant cinema which shows foreign films as well as the more mainstream British and American ones. And a great wee chip shop that I always end up in at the end of a night out! Even once they've closed they'll sometimes sell chips through the door..! At one end of the street you come to Union Street, the main shopping street, and at the other is Aberdeen Art Gallery. This is a nice place to take a stroll around, no matter how much or little time you have.
You must visit the Strathsisla...
Favorite thing: You must visit the Strathsisla distillery in Keith. It is only a couple of stops on the train from Aberdeen. Strathsisla distillery is part of the Chivas Brothers distilleries and is the largest whiskey that comprises Chivas Regal.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Aberdeen is something that could be said about every place I traveled in Scotland. The people were amazingly friendly and not at all put out by a couple of American tourists catching a glimpse of their lives and their homeland.
The Granite City
Favorite thing: Aberdeen is called the Granite City. This is because many of the buildings were built out of grey and sometimes kind of sparkling granite. Still it is not a grey city as one could suspect, in the contrary: Aberdeen has won the "Britain in Bloom" contest for several years - beautiful!
- Historical Travel
Home to a population of...
Favorite thing: Home to a population of 211,250, Aberdeen is a thriving, cosmopolitan port in the North-east of Scotland.Built at the mouth of two major Scottish rivers, the Dee and the Don. The Granite City owes its distinctive appearance to the famous, locally quarried and widely exported, building material. Traditional industries such as fishing and farming still flourish in and around the city but Aberdeen's buoyant modern economy - reflected in unemployment rates consistently under 2% - is fuelled by the oil industry, earning the city a new epithet as 'Oil Capital of Europe'.With bustling shopping malls, a wide variety of entertainment and leisure amenities, and a vibrant arts scene, Aberdeen is a major retail, leisure and cultural centre. First class road, rail, sea and air communications .
Fondest memory: I live here so I have many fond memories. Mostly I like long slow walks with my dog along the river , down at the beach or through the parks.
I worked on this platform for...
Favorite thing: I worked on this platform for 2 years.
It is the Brent Delta owned by Shell.
Fondest memory: NOT THE FONDEST MEMORY BUT GETTING OFF IT AND COMING HOME WAS ALWAYS A RELIEF.
Some men I worked with got killed when the Chinook helicopter crashed into the North Sea.
THIS IS A VERY DANGEROUS ENVIRONMENT TO WORK IN !
THIS LOOKS SMALL IN THE NORTH...
Favorite thing: THIS LOOKS SMALL IN THE NORTH SEA BUT IT IS HUGE WHEN YOU ARE ON IT.
This was on a pretty calm day but in the Winter it is wild with huge waves and gail force winds to contend with.
Fondest memory: Arriving in Aberdeen and getting off the helicopter after spending 2 weeks offshore is a good feeling.
Favorite thing: Definately take a walk around King's Colege. This is where I mainly studied, and it is a brilliant place - if the weather is right - to explore, there is a small visitors centre and a brilliant coffee shop which can give you advice and maps etc.
Fondest memory: Has to be the endless picnics (and drinking sessions!) that we used to have on the beach - yes Aberdeen does get some sunny and warm weather too....
- Historical Travel
Favorite thing: Visit the Museum in Marischal College. This is another one of the buildings that belong to the University of Aberdeen and is pretty spectacular in its own right, you can easily spend an hour or so here. Though it is soon going to be turned into office buildings.
Fondest memory: I miss Aberdeen and the whole of the north east in the winter, when it has been snowing heavily, it looks so much more pretty then.
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Favorite thing: Take a trip to Balmoral Castle. There are some great walks around here, and good fishing (if that is your thing) the countryside around here really is fantastic and it is all only about 2hrs drive from Aberdeen.
Fondest memory: I miss the friends that I have made during my time at University, many of them have now moved on elsewhere through work, but we still all keep in touch...
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The Queen in Aberdeen...
Favorite thing: We were very lucky that on the 28th May 2002 the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh came to Aberdeen as part of the Golden Jubilee tour of the UK - she spent a quite a while in Kings College at Aberdeen Uni adressing the Scottish Parliment (pic from the Aberdeen Uni gallery)
Fondest memory: I also miss the shopping when I am away from Aberdeen, it is great for quite a small city.
Aberdeen and Grampian Infomation
Favorite thing: Before you visit this area, it would be worth your while to visit their website. Request their free trail maps for the castle and coastal trails.
The have some nice materials available for free.
Web address: www.aberdeen-grampian.com
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Visit Dunnottar Castle at...
Favorite thing: Visit Dunnottar Castle at Stonehaven, just outside Aberdeen - it reminds me of Tintagel in Cornwall and is quite dramatic!.
Fondest memory: The quaint sea-front cafes (some of which need a good lick of paint) have such a heart that modernisation would be a crime. Visit the Canale-Parola family's Washington Cafe where they still hand-make their own delicious icecream. You can sit on bench seats and eat from 1950's ice cream bowls if you ask nicely!