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Leaving Scotland

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All good things must come to an end and eventually it was time to leave Scotland. Dundee had been good fun and there was even time to squeeze in a visit to Edinburgh as well. Despite much of the city being dug up as part of the construction of a new tram system, there was still plenty of shopping and sight-seeing to be done.

The weather was bright and very un-Scottish for the trip back to England, which made for a pleasant journey. As the train was destined for Kings Cross, it was quite crowded, but thankfully the coffee and sandwiches kept on coming – which helped to sustain me until we reached home. Despite all the national news suggesting that we’d find something that resembled the movie ‘Waterworld’ everything was just as we’d left it.

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2012 in Food, Holidays

 

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Discovery

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Upon waking this morning the sound of the howling wind outside made me think that Dundee might have blown away overnight. Luckily the weather wasn’t quite as bad as it sounded, so a trip into town could be managed. When the rain came down there was thankfully a little coffee shop to hide in (@henryscoffee – follow them on Twitter and try their hot white chocolate). The main attraction of the day though was seeing the fantastic Discovery, spending its retirement in a purpose built dock. It’s incredible to look up at the boat then see pictures of it in the thick Antarctic ice and think about it being the very same one. Even on a damp day like today, you can’t help but be impressed.

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2012 in Food, Holidays

 

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Better Than Being At Work

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The weather forecast for this week had promised to be typically Scottish (cold, wet and windy) but upon peering out through the curtains this morning, it thankfully wasn’t as bad as the previous night’s news had suggested. Plans for the day were minimal and after a light breakfast it was time to wander into Dundee to see if the place springs to life on a Monday. Like any reasonably sized UK town these days, the same chain stores clog up the centre and a couple of large retail outlets flank either end of the main streets. However, there are some lovely historic buildings and churches that are impressive to see. There are also a lot of statues, sculptures and monuments dotted about the place which bring back any sense of character taken away by Cafe Nero/Next etc. The weather is expected to get more Scottish as the week progresses so indoor attractions will be called for, I reckon.

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2012 in Holidays, Outdoors, Shopping

 

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Misty Morning

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Waking up this morning in Dundee, I was surprised to see thick ‘James Herbert’ style fog rolling in from the sea. Normally I wouldn’t leave the house before breakfast, but since I’m on holiday the normal rules don’t apply so I went for a walk to check out the mist and to build up and appetite. The Sock Mistress had decided to try out the hotel’s gym facilities so I took my Nike+ pedometer with me to track my exercise. Unfortunately my iPod battery ran flat, so that didn’t work so well. I had my camera with me to take some snaps but the battery on that ran flat to. I really should remember to charge my electronic devices before setting out… Luckily my trusty Nokia N8 was with me so I managed to get a few pics before the fog cleared.

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2012 in Equipment, Food, Holidays, Outdoors, Sport, Technology

 

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