I went to Aberdeen for a couple of days…
I’ve only been to Scotland once before (in Glasgow, a long time ago), so I didn’t really know what to expect. I suppose the stereotype is that it rains a lot (hardly a drop during my visit), and the people are friendly and unpretentious (that was also my impression).
Anyway, in the best Bad Tourist tradition, I’m going to share with you some snapshots of what caught my eye, or interest (pretty much the same thing). True to myself, I didn’t photograph anything that could be described as an ‘attraction’, ‘must-see’, or ‘well-known’… Why? Well, because I’m more interested in the less touristy, everyday stuff: architectural details, colours and shapes. And my idea of sightseeing is walking aimlessly around, soaking in the atmosphere and admiring local design. So, I suppose we could call these pictures random impressions by a lazy observer…
And what was it that caught my attention in Aberdeen, then?
Aberdeen is grey. But not grey in the sense of boring and ugly; the grey granite is the perfect backdrop for details such as simple white window panes. This makes the facade of an ordinary building more interesting, reminiscent of a painting or an illustration.
But granite also suits more impressive buildings with quirky architectural details:
Aberdeen colour palette
Of course, there’s more to Aberdeen than massive grey buildings; there are quirky shops, excellent restaurants and green parks. But I since my intention here is to convey my impressions of Aberdeen, I’m going to end this post with a picture that for me illustrates the colour scheme of this town:
I hope you enjoyed the tour.
Next time Bad Tourist will fly south…
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