Aberdeen, Granite City

Aberdeen, the third biggest city of Scotland, is known as Granite City. Because granite mines were present here, it was used a lot. But no more because it is not economic.

Before, they were dealing with whale hunting and ship building, but after the start of operationalization of oil and natural gas reserves from the North Sea, it all started to evolve in a new way. Since 1965, Aberdeen is getting richer in both economy and population.

The structre of city is very neat, there is no sign of urban sprawl at all. The streets are horizontally and vertically equal, just like grate systems. Very organized and clean.

We were in Aberdeen in August. So the white nights were still going on. At 23.00, the sky is just beginning to darken. Around this hours, it is parliament blue.

There are lots of young girls with tank tops, mini skirts and flip-flops. Of course they are adapted to this climate, so they are not cold. But we were wearing coats and scarfs.

The night life at Aberdeen is also colorful. Streets are full with young people going from one bar to another.

The City Council Building, built on city walls from the middle ages, is also a place worth seeing. Catholic churces were banned by Henry the 8th. After that, these churches were converted to pubs.

The next morning, we started the city tour from St. Nicholas Church. St. Nicholas, lived in the 4th century, was the saint of sailors. This is both a church and a graveyard. St. Nicholas also planted a vegetable garden in the cathedrals garden, on the purpose of giving those to the sailors.

After our cathedral visit, we ate our lunch in a cute fishing town and went to Fraserburgh lighthouse. It is the only lighthouse built on a castle. A white, plain structure. After taking our photos, we settle in our bus to head to Iverness.

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1951 İstanbul doğumluyum. Yıl içinde dönüşümlü olarak Sinop, Bodrum ve İstanbul’da yaşamaktayım.Küçük yaşlarda babamın mesleği gereği, Türkiye’nin pek çok farklı şehirlerinde yaşadım.