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DUNDEE

A true story: DARLINGTON: late 20th century: Diane Brownlea, aged three and a half, said to her granny, "I'm going to visit my granny in Dundee now."

"You don't have a granny in Dundee," said granny.

"No," said Diane, "I mean my other granny that I used to go to see in Dundee when I was a little girl before, when I went on the train over the big bridge."

Granny tried to explain that Diane had absolutely no connections with Dundee or Scotland.

"I lived in Scotland," said Diane, "when I was here before and my granny lived in Dundee."

A month later, Diane said to her Darlington granny, "I fell into the water when I went to see granny in Dundee. I was with my other daddy and we all fell into the water when we were on the train."

On 28 December 1879 part of the Tay Railway Bridge collapsed and a passenger train fell into the river. 75 people died.

(Source "Life Before Birth by P and M Harrison, Futura.)

Dundee is like Athens, a city of hills.

A world class view can be had from the LAW HILL in the centre of Dundee. You can see the wide majestic silvery River Tay and its two incredibly long bridges. You can see Fife and Tayside, purple hills and dreamy spires, ships and the sea.

Dundee is a place for poets and dreamers.

Jute used to be brought here from mysterious India.

Jam making is connected with the nearby fruit gardens.

Journalism means Dundee's D C Thomson and hordes of comic characters.

Dundee also means Investment Trusts, and medical research, and universities.....

Dundee means the SNP. And William Wallace's old school and a lot of history.

WHAT TO SEE? HOW TO GET THERE?

Dundee is one of the few places in Scotland that still has a railway station. It's a short hop from London's Kings Cross.

Dundee is crammed with wonderful evocative Victorian and Edwardian buildings (plus ugly tower blocks which should be torn down).

Dundee is a place for walking up and down hills, like in San Francisco.

Have a look at the High School and St Paul's Cathedral and Caird Hall. Could be St Petersburg.

Camperdown Park has a grand mansion built by Admiral Duncan, the victor of Camperdown (after the French Revolution). This is a place of tall trees and ghosts.

Caird park has the 16th century Mains of Fintry castle. More ghosts.

In the Nethergate, look for the 15th century Old Steeple.

Visit HMS Unicorn, built in 1824 (Britain's oldest British warship).

Tour the DISCOVERY, built for Captain Scott's voyages to Antarctica!

Dundee HAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRLS IN SCOTLAND. True!

From Dundee you can visit St Andrews and the beautiful coastal towns of Fife.

From Dundee you can visit Arbroath and other fascinating coastal towns in Tayside.

WHERE TO STAY? The ANGUS Hotel. or in Broughty Ferry, the Beach House.

Eat at the ROYAL OAK, 167 Brook St.

www.angusanddundee.co.uk has some details.

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