Newcastle Photographer and Content Creator, Mandy Charlton, Always on a quest for adventure, often seen on buses, trains and planes. On a quest to be happier and healthier. Lives in Newcastle with her 3 cats, Iris, Maggie and Arthur. Loves good vibes, musicals and cakes. Full time professional wedding photographer in the north east of england alongside content creator on Tiktok, Instagram and Facebook

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Aberdeen, City 18/69 in the UK Cityscapes project

For many years I'd wanted to visit Aberdeen, the granite city and coming in on the train from Inverness where I'd just spent 2 nights I wondered what delights Aberdeen would throw up, it was to be my last Scottish city in the UK Cityscapes Project and it was also my very first AirBnB experience so I was a little nervous.  No need though, Pat who I stayed with was the loveliest lady, she even offered to come and rescue me when a rain shower hit and on the day I left for home she met me at the station with my backpack so I didn't have to carry it all day, I have to say that I love AirBnB and have no problems with using it again in the future, I think all you really have to look out for are the properties where the hosts have lots of good reviews, it's a much more personal service than a traditional B&B though they still have their place but when we have our late summer holidays we'll probably look at renting a house on AirBnB for a week.

Aberdeen is a strange city I found, there's nowhere I've been with such an odd juxtaposition of old with new, industrial with beautiful, for instance a tiny quaint fishing village which backs on to the industrial harbour of Aberdeen (Footdee) or if you walk just a mile or so out of the city centre you get to old Aberdeen, they even have their own language (Doric).

I loved that the beach is so near to the city centre, they even have a theme park and it's just about 5 or 10 minutes walk from the shops, I've been to a lot of cities and there's none with such a mish mash of old, new, industrial, heritage, ugly, beautiful...

I think the images explain so much more than my words.  I'll definitely revisit Aberdeen and I'll probably take my daughters, I know they'd love the theme park but I'd love to know what they think of the rest of the city.

So there you have it, I hope you see what I mean, all of these images were shot within the city of Aberdeen and yet it could easily be three or four different cities, on the whole I loved the old, the quaint and the beautiful, I've never been a fan of massively industrial and of course Aberdeens main trade is that of oil so it was always going to be an industrial place, I'm glad I got to experience it though and I'll look forward to coming back again.


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