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Last weekend these two travelled across the North Sea to spend the weekend with me. Mamma and pappa!!! On the Saturday we took the bus out to Stonehaven.
On the Saturday we took the bus out to Stonehaven...
... which is an adorable little fishing town about half an hour away from Aberdeen. This particular Saturday there was a carnival held at the city square.
It was of course far too crowded for us northern Swedes so we took the path down to the harbour.
We proceeded up a hill...
Passing by coconut-smelling flowers...
... and grass-munching beauties.
By the time we actually reached the castle, we did not really feel like paying the entrance fee to enter (me and Julien already went a few months ago and both felt like the surroundings were the better part of the experience). So instead we ate our packed lunch and watched the castle and its tourits from a distance.
Afterwards we decided to be adenturous and climb down the steep hills to that gate through the cliff as you can see on the right.
Yes, this one!!
I took this and showed my mother saying "you can go back to Sweden and claim we took a quick visit to Austria".. I mean, how Sound of Music does this not look??
Then it was definitely time for a strong cuppa coffee, so back to Stonehaven we went.
Back in Granite City, I cooked up a 3 course-meal including the sweet potato and black bean burgers with the infamous mango + ginger salsa. Holy yum!
The following day we walked around Aberdeen and I got a sunburn on my nose, but that will be a post for another day.
The other week on my day off, the sun was shining (which is a rare occurrence here in Scotland) so I decided to carpe the diem and go out for a walk along river Dee.
With a coffee in one hand (obviously), camera in the other - I finally ended up in Duthie Park.
My aim was to explore the David Welch Winter Gardens that are located within the park - and to my great delight I discovered there was not even an entry fee to be paid at the door!!
(I was thinking one would have to pay a pound or so, and thus darned myself for having not brought my Student ID, but that was clearly not needed = pleasant surprise!)
Now there are way more than funny looking cactuses (what is the plural of cactus?! #helpaforeignerout)in there, but for whatever reason the photos from my DSLR seems to have vanished into thin air, so what is left is a bunch of iphone-photos. Amongst them these little creatures -- turtles!!! Which I by the way do hope don't get hit in the head when those coins are being thrown down there...
... It must be a rather Scottish things, these Winter Gardens? I am fairly sure I have seen both Glasgow and Edinburgh having one too... It is a really cool concept though! 4/5 toasters for the Winter Gardens!
At present I should be in the air on my way to the motherland, but meanwhile – let’s have a look at the rest of mine and Julien’s day trip out to Stonehaven and Dunnottar Castle.
So we waved the castle goodbye and continued to walk along the cliffs. It was far fewer tourists to bump into.
Along narrow pathways…
“Make a panorama!”, Julien urged. Voila, here’s your panorama.
I don’t think we walked much more than half an hour before Stonehaven appeared behind a creek. So pretty!
Hey ho, down to the fishing boats we go.
It turned out to be a real cute little town. It reminds me a little of Aberdeen’s own Footdee, with all the peculiarities going on – like this Homer Simpson head watching over the washing machine?!
Whenever boats are involved I am like *mental note: bring dad here if he comes to visit!!*
I had literally just learnt one can adjust the brightness on the iphone camera (late to the game much??) so I was really enjoying playing around with it.
I would have loved to explore some more of Stonehaven, but the combination of myself + low blood sugar and boyfriend that had been at work since 4am, we were a little grumpy and decided to look for the next bus back. But c’est la vie – luckily it is only a short bus ride away!
Waiting for the bus, we had coffee and then bought some special price sandwiches to eat at the bus stop.
All in all, it was a great day out - we returned back home with rosy cheeks and fatigue from all the fresh air. I wish I could just wander about exploring places and natures all day, every day! (But with plenty of snacks of course) x