Scotland: Rediscovering Dundee

Dundee’s renaissance started in the 1980s when the ship Discovery, built in Dundee and used by Captain Scott on his Antarctic trip, was returned to the city as a visitor attraction. The city is now a renowned center for biomedical research and the development of computer games. The View, one of the UK’s hottest bands at the moment, are from Dundee as well.

Dundee’s not trying to obliterate its past, either. There’s a award winning industrial museum, the Verdant Works. Some of the best known characters from the Beano and Dandy comics—published in Dundee since the 1930s—including Desperate Dan, Minnie the Minx, and Gnasher the Dog, are celebrated in bronze sculptures in the city centre.

Many of the Victorian facades in the city center have been renovated, the quayside has been developed, and Dundee has become a leading Scottish retail center. A couple of miles east of Dundee there’s a lovely beach at Broughty Ferry.

Best of all, as Dundee has changed it has become neither too gentrified nor too pretentious.

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Karen Bryan started her UK based travel Web site, Europe a la Carte, in 2002 to cater for the growing numbers of people looking for something different to the traditional package holiday. Europe a la Carte highlights the benefits of visiting less well known destinations in Europe, in the belief that by venturing, even slightly, off the well worn tourist track you can experience a more authentic flavour of your destination and get better value for money. With the advent of low cost airlines, if you travel off peak, do a bit of research and choose a less popular destination, you can have a great trip on a low budget. The Europe a la Carte blog is now online for you to read and comment about travel in Europe.
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