Thursday, April 18, 2019

Glasgow, Scotland Day 1

Today was our first full day in Glasgow. Unlike Edinburgh, Glasgow to us is more city and convenience and less old style buildings and tourist traps. We passed about 200 restaurants we would like to try. We started our day with a tour of Glasgow University (Arlington is also considering this college, so we pre booked a tour). It was beautiful. Then we went to the Hunterian Museum that is part of the University (free admission and really cool). Our next stop was the City Chambers for a tour ( it was beautiful inside). We saw the Duke Wellington statue and the Gallery of Modern Art ( they had a Warhol). We finally made it to a Scottish pub so I could try haggis ( it was delicious!) and then went to a show about moving art (it was different!). Very full day.

Fountain we saw on our walk to the University

 Glasgow University was built in 1451 and is the 4th oldest university in the English speaking world.

 Our guide told us that JK Rowling used this as inspiration for Hogwarts

 Our guide told us this is the oldest staircase of the University.  And actually the University used to be located somewhere else, but when it was moved to the city center, it was moved stone by stone
This was the home of William Thompson who was Lord Kelvin. He was a famous physicist that went to Glasgow University

 This is the library.  The LIBRARY.
 After visiting the University, we went to the free museum they had called the Hunitarian.  Displayed were these stones they discovered from the Roman period almost 2000 years ago.
 The museum was beautiful
  Big tower of the University
 This is the Glasgow public library.  It is enormous
 City Chambers.  We took a guided tours.  This was NOT something we could book in advance.  You can show up with one or their two daily scheduled tours and it is first come, first serve.  We didn't have any trouble getting onto a tour.  And it was free.
 This is the local government building of Glasgow.

 Inside the City Chambers.  It was quite beautiful.  

 Next we went to the Modern Art Museum.  The building was quite large
 This is the Duke Wellington statue. Capping the statue with a traffic cone has become a traditional practice in the city. Has been on his head since the 1980s

 Inside the museum we found a Warhol.  By the way - this museum was free.  Actually most museums in Glasgow are free
 My haggis dinner. We ate at a restaurant called The Drum and Monkey. Food was really good
 The Drum and Monkey
 Cool building
 The Shamanka Kinetic Theater. It was weird. But we enjoyed it because this artist got his inspiration from Jean Tinguely who is from Basel, Switzerland. We have been in the Tinguely museum many times
 This one is based on the book “The Master and Margarita” which is one of my favorite books

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