Glesca:Glesga:Glasgow

What to do with 48-ish hours in Glasgow, apart from a Detour with Elvis Costello? A * denotes was done for free. Loads of amateur photies ahead.

Thursday:

The 10:15 train from Edinburgh: It’s beginning to look a lot like summer.

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George Square* with City Chambers in background: The pink banners read “People Make Glasgow” (and also strange marketing campaigns)

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City Chambers*: Mosaics and marble all around this civic building.

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A bit of sprucing up: a tradesperson's brush and gold paint.
Outdoors, a bit of sprucing up: a tradesperson’s brush and gold paint.

Elevenses at Cranberry’s: The List suggested we’d find “top-notch cakes.” Agreed! This was our cherry almond frangipane, served a wee bit warmed-up.

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Trades Hall*, Robert Adam, architect (1791): A bench in the front hall features these carvings.

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Weavers
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Bakers
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That’s right. Maltmen.
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Where the term a school of fish originated?

Bench picnic of our packed pieces in Kelvingrove Park*: Sunscreen was slathered.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum*: A civic treasure

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A post-modern Classic! And now, a few paintings we liked or that stood out.

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Of course, he might just be a boy sitting in a meadow focused on his iPod.

Along with the art, the Kelvingrove has lots of other stuff. Yes, that is a real Spitfire, apparently menacing those stuffed animals.

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At least there isn’t a giant squid hanging up there. Now, supper at Hutchesons:

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This isn’t an enormous lemon posset (if only!); it’s a wee coffee.

ELVIS COSTELLO wuz here — and so were we.

Warm temps mean people are out in their figures.
Warm temps mean people are out “in their figures”, meaning without their coats and jackets. Credit that bit of Glaswegian to our friend Boots Thomson.

imageFor an account of the Elvis Costello concert, see our previous post. For the record: R successfully predicted the opening song – “(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes” – and E called the finale – “(What’s So Funny Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding.” Both with parentheses – cool!

 

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