GLASGOW

Saturday, August 18.

Have spent the last two days in Glasgow, enjoying the city and that liquid Scottish sunshine. Linda, you don’t know what you have missed out on. Jumped on the bus to look around the city.

Queen street station.

Corner of the Royal Infirmary, where X-rays were first used for clinical diagnosis, and Joseph Lister developed carbolic sprays for anaesthetic.

Glasgow Cathedral.

The oldest building in Glasgow, built around 1614.

Mural depicting a modern St. Mungo.

Known locally as the Armidillo, is actually a down sized copy of our Opera House.

Convention and Sports Arena seating 16,000. At night it light up and is known as the Flying Saucer.

The last of what used to be many of the cranes which dotted the banks of the Clyde. There used to be 37 ship yards, now there are only 3.

The tallest free standing structure in the world, standing 237 metres high. At the top is an observation pod, and the whole tower can rotate through 360 degrees.

One of the two rotunda located either side of the Clyde. They formally had hydraulic lifts which raised and lowered pedestrians and horse drawn vehicles down to the tunnels which ran under the river.

The Royal Crescent.

Wouldn’t you know it, a bit blurred, but they have used my life’s motto, ‘Life is not a Rehearsal.’

Looking across George Square towards the council building.

Court house which apparently is over used.

One of the iron bridges crossing the River Clyde.

Statue of the Duke of Wellington. Student prank placed the traffic cone on his head. Authorities removed it and the locals complained. It was then placed back on and remains there to this day. There has been up to 14 cones on the statue at one time.

Former residence of a tea merchant, now the Museum of Modern Art..

Former building of the Anchor Line.

Wrought iron toilet block.

Interesting iron work.

The Church of Scotland.

The ceiling of the the Counting Room, which was a former bank, where we had dinner on Friday night. The place was absolutely jumping.

Dinner done, train back to Bess for a good nights sleep.

Saturday, and we passed these on the walk to the station. Reckon they like German Shepard’s. Off to the Transport Museum.

More of the above bridge from yesterday.

The former Fish Markets, now upmarket shops.

Building with the paintings is a pub, where a police helicopter crashed into it killing the three crew and fourteen people in the pub. Pub is still in operation.

Supposedly the oldest pub in Glasgow. Around 1718.

The largest glass roof in Europe.

Some of the many grand old buildings.

New reflecting the old.

Central Station built over the roadway.

Reinforcing plates under the bridge. They had to be added when the bridge moved 50mm south.

Interesting building.

The Radisson building is interesting. It changes colours as you move around it.

Finally arrived at the Transport Museum. Building has that wave pattern as it sits on the confluence of the Kelvin andClyde rivers.

Great exhibits inside.

Remains of the first steam car.

Supposedly the worlds oldest push bike.

Bit bleak looking down the Clyde.

Wouldn’t want to ride in this, a hearse.

The girl was in heaven.

Does this fit?

Boys toys too.

What was fashionable in the 50’s and 60’s.

Two wheel, push and motor.

What a Glasgow street would look like 100 years ago.

The local.

One of the many fire engines.

Fairground stuff too.

Back on the bus and off to the Kelvin Grove Museum and Gallery.

Great entrance hall.

Love a Spitfire.

The gum boot dog.

A selection from the Egyptian section.

Not quite Da Vinci’s man.

Pity they are all stuffed, but reflects a time gone by.

The mighty albatross. Around 3.5 metres across.

Great sculpture.

Highlight was the amazing Salvador Dali.

This shows a sign of the times.

It wouldn’t be Scotland without Robbie Burns.

The house where he was born.

Had lots of different miniatures attached to hand rails.

What great door handles.

Kicked out at 5.00, so back on the bus to Queen Street Station.

Past the Sikh Temple on the way.

The water monument to obviously water.

Three of the statues in George Square, furthest away, Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and foreground, James Watt of steam engine fame.

Train back to Bess after an amazing two days in Glasgow. Heading further south tomorrow.

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