On Saturday, Elise and I met up in Dundee.
Why Dundee? Because it's roughly halfway between us, because Elise had never been there and because I had passed through it often enough to know that it was photogenic but not to know my way around.
Our entire To Do list was:
- Photograph penguin statues
- Eat cake
Beyond that, our plan was just to wander around, cameras in hand, taking photos of random bits of architecture and seeing where we found ourselves.
We started with a wander along the Nethergate where we found a fountain filled with so much foam it looked like icing dripping off a mountain of cupcakes.
We also found four of Dundee's other famous statues:
Behind the dragon, you might spy The Auld Tram where we stopped to buy (lovely) takeaway tea and hot chocolate. The man working there had grown up in the area so told us about the old fleapit cinema which used to be just down the road (Elise's and my friendship was founded on having both been projectionists so we share a love of old cinemas) and pointed us in the direction of some of the city's more architecturally striking buildings.
We so wanted to get inside that old ballroom. We peeked through the doors on the off chance we would see something significant but, alas, we could just spy shabby stairs.
Then we stumbled across a Christmas Fayre going on in a local church. We paid our £2 and came away with bags of toys which we're both planning to do something crafty with... *looks mysterious*
Next, we found ourselves at The McManus art gallery and museum so we went in for a wander and a bite to eat. We also took part in what was probably supposed to be a children's art project.
After lunch, we had a wee wander around some charity shops then headed along to Perth Road where we looked at the quaint buildings near the university, the shop in Dundee Contemporary Arts and then down through the dockside area where all the computer graphic-y companies are based.
By then, we were both getting a bit achey (me especially - the buttons started popping off that jacket the very next day; I'm onto my enormous tent of a maternity duffle coat now) so we headed towards the station, stopping for a quick drink in the cafe beside The Discovery.
But, on the subject of Elise, I want to quickly show you the amazing baby gift she made for Steve and me. How cute are these?!
And thank you also to everybody who has commented on, shared or emailed in response to my last post. I think you're all absolutely wonderful.