Happy Sunday Folks, I hope your weekend is going well!
Right, so here’s a confession to start off with! (Great start Neil)
In last weeks “what’s not cooking” I said I would be celebrating a year since I started this blog, today and that I would re-cap on it. Well, when I started to write that post during last week, I checked and it was actually February 9th 2014 when my first blog post went up. Doh! So, I’ll be celebrating and re-capping on that NEXT week. I promise!
So, this also meant a dilemma for me in that I wouldn’t have anything to bring you that might be of interest today.
Fortunately, yesterday, as the weather here was nice, and Lynne needed some things in town, it gave me a chance to take a day practicing my photography around Glasgow’s City Centre. Trying to capture some of the stunning architecture of the older buildings as well as some of the iconic tourist attractions. Plus, it was far more interesting than shopping! 😉
Having had this smoothie as our post gym nourishment we headed out.
Our nearest railway station is Mount Florida. Glasgow has the second largest suburban railway network in the UK, after London, so it’s easy to get about. Glasgow, by the way, is also the fourth largest city in the U.K. Taking the train always means the
excuse opportunity for a weekend afternoon glass of wine in one of the many excellent drinking establishments in the City Centre!
Plus, at the moment taking the train really is the only option for us! A neighbour accidentally ploughed into the back of my parked car last Saturday morning, after skidding on black ice, and I’m currently waiting to hear when the insurance will repair the damage…..
It’s a long story. No one was injured and the insurance will take care of it. It’s just more of a complete hassle and another of life’s challenges at the moment!
Anyhoo, onwards with the day. I left Lynne to get on her shopping and spent a good bit of time in George Square, where the Glasgow City Chambers building is situated. There are daily free tours of this impressive building, finished in 1888 and built to an Italian renaissance design, of marble and granite at considerable cost. At that time Glasgow was the second city of the empire, and was rich from its exports of coal, heavy engineering and shipbuilding so could easily afford it.
The statue of Wellington with the traffic cone stuck on his head, which is situated in front of the Gallery of Modern Art, is typical of Glasgow humour and is on a list of top 10 most bizarre monuments in the world! Wellington didn’t do anything specifically for this city so rather than damage or vandalise the statue in anyway, a cone has sat on his head for many years, despite the authorities trying to have it removed!
Indeed, it’s completely true that when Glasgow council announced they wanted to raise the plinth of the statue and remove the cone for good, a huge social media campaign was launched to “keep the cone”! The council soon backed down with the statue becoming an even huger tourist attraction!
I took many shots to try and get one with as few people in it as possible, and even tried to remove the people in editing, but that’s still ongoing practice for me so I left the people in. I think the woman with the blond hair thought she was modelling for me! 😆
St Columba’s Church dates way back to 1770. It was established to cater for the spiritual needs of the large number of Gaelic-speakers from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland settling in Glasgow in search of employment. The church still has a service in Gaelic every Sunday, as well as three weekly services in English.
Blythswood Square was originally intended to be the new centre of Glasgow when the city had begun to expand westwards. Now that centre is George Square. The flowers, when in bloom in summer, look particularly stunning.
The building in the background is the 5 star Blythswood Square Hotel and was originally the headquarters for the Royal Scottish Automobile Club. The Monte Carlo Rally started from here in 1955!
And finally, Glasgow has many theatres and such a vibrant culture of shows and entertainment of all kinds. I love The Kings Theatre. Lynne and I have seen several shows here including Wicked, one of our all-time favourite musicals.
The Kings Theatre was built in 1904 and fortunately has stood the test of time. Whilst many other theatres closed down as cinema and TV took over from live entertainment this place is still the home to many touring shows and plays. It even hosted The Jackson Five in the late 1970’s and it’s still very much a popular Glasgow event to have something to eat “pre-theatre” then go to a show!
So, the above are the best pictures of the day. I finished at The Kings Theatre to meet up with Lynne at The Maltman for a spot of lunch and wine. 🙂
Hope you enjoyed the pictures and a very small history lesson of Glasgow. Much more in the future!
Now it time to hook up with Ms Spoons for her Sunday update where she always has some fantastic recommended blog reading.
I’ll see you all for Tuesday’s recipe.
Comments always welcome. Thank you.