My husband has a mistress. Her name? Aberdeen. More specifically her architecture and history. Many evenings a week he can be found enjoying what he playfully calls "Dr. Holloway's Constitutional". You might think it odd to take a walk in the dark, but according to him, "I like to see the buildings illuminated at night." Here's a little overview of where he goes.
He walks down our street to University Road and over to High Street. He then proceeds up to his favorite building in all the United Kingdom, King's College Chapel. He'll stop and admire the chapel's crown and Elphinstone monument wandering into the internal quadrangle for a closer view of the armorial bearings all of which he has photographed. Back on High Street, he proceeds up to the Old Town House ever mindful of the uneven cobbles, something of a pitfall for someone who is constantly peering down the side alleys for a glimpse of a new, undiscovered building. Past the Old Town House he proceeds on up to the Chanonry, the road which leads to his second favorite building, St. Machar's Cathedral. Once there, he turns around, retraces his steps down High Street, past the University, and continues on to New Aberdeen and Marischal College. At Marischal he likes to count the spires, touch the granite, and otherwise fully experience the majesty of the building. After spending some time at Marischal, he'll move on to the Sheriff's Court and then over to Castlegate. Tonight he disocvered the names of all of the Scottish kings and one queen carved at the top of the Mercat Cross, a gazebo-like structure built in 1686 situated in the center of Castlegate, which he recited for me with great relish upon his arrival home (James I-V, Mary Queen of Scots, James VI, Charles I-II, and James VII). The final leg is a straight shot home up King Street and back to 30 Orchard Road all the while admiring the numerous stone walls that can easily be found throughout the Granite City.