I know that when you say Aberdeen, a lot of people think, cold and grey! But you know what they say, “home is where the heart is” and a serious part of my heart has been in Aberdeen- the granite city for a while now. Anyhow, once upon a time, I visited! And I have nothing but fun, beautiful and warm memories- by warm I mean about 16 degrees at the height of summer! Coming from a climate where the coldest harmattan is about 24 degrees, this was not funny!

I share a few pictures and a few fun facts below:

One of the many granite buildings! Did you know, that 13. 640,000 cubic feet of Aberdeen granite went into the construction of the Forth Rail Bridge.
One of the many granite buildings! Did you know, that 13,640,000 cubic feet of Aberdeen granite went into the construction of the Forth Rail Bridge.
Yet another granite building, but they do look very stately- there was some history to this one, as it was being renovated while I was there. Anyone recognise this building and wants to share?
Yet another granite building, but they do look very stately- there was some history to this one, as it was being renovated while I was there. It is the Marischal College!

The Marischal College is the second largest granite building in the world and is the seat of the Aberdeen City Council. The construction of the modern college building began in 1835 and was completed in the 1999’s.

The Marischal College at night! Photo courtesy Wikipedia.
The Marischal College at night! Photo courtesy Wikipedia.

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A former church building now housing a pub. I saw a number of those in Aberdeen, I wonder why?
A former church building now housing a pub. I saw a number of those in Aberdeen, I wonder why?

It wasn’t all granite though! We went In search of treasures for the little one and found this delightful, though far out-of-town place called the “Story-book Glen”, where the Disney and Enid Blyton characters could be found! See:

Story-book Glen! It was a 30 minute walk from the bus stop to the Story-book Glen! Boy, was I glad to see these gates. Hoping what lies beyond will be worth the effort. (Photo courtesy flikr.com)
Story-book Glen! It was a 30 minute walk from the bus stop to the Story-book Glen! Boy, was I glad to see these gates. Hoping what lies beyond will be worth the effort. (Photo courtesy flikr.com)
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Make way for Noddy!
Do you see Snuffilofigus
Do you see Snuffleupagus from Sesame Street? Wink, wink!
Cinderella and he horse drawn carriage (photo courtesy flickr.com)
Cinderella and he horse drawn carriage (photo courtesy flickr.com)

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A note of warning: Story-book Glen is only fun if you make it so; large grounds, have a picnic, run with the kids… but it is no Disney Land and if your kids are not very young and just love being around you, you are likely to get a lot of whinning about the lifelessness of the characters. We had an absolute blast though, it was scenic and beautiful, the characters reminded me of my childhood and lunch at the restaurant overlooking the pond was good!

Okay! Just sharing! What have you been up to? Leave a comment and don’t forget to be awesome!

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