Trip Start Aug 12, 2012
Trip End Sep 26, 2012

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Seeing Glasgow seemed easier to achieve from Edinburgh than Inverness. First of all we wouldn't have to navigate though the streets as we had for Aberdeen (we could take a train), and the tour of the city might be easier once we reached the city centre. In fact that was the case as a train from Edinburgh to Glasgow.

So that’s what we did. Trains ran from Edinburgh to Glasgow every 15 minutes. The train journey was only about 45 minutes so we had plenty of time to look out the window, not that there was much to see. Scenery changed from suburbs to rural and back again very quickly.

So reaching Glasgow we got off and looked around, of course, for the toilets on the station. These you have to feed them with 30p, which we didn't have, so we proceeded out of the station to a nice little pub next door. We had a coffee and asked the barman where we could go for a tour of Glasgow. “Just across the street.” he said “Look for the man in the red coat”. We thanked him and walked across the road. We paid the man in the redcoat £9 each. Melien and myself got on the bus. Where we left from was called George Square it was probably named after King George.

According to the guide, Glasgow has the greatest number of Victorian buildings in the UK. It certainly seemed that way. It also had the most theatres that burned down. I don’t know if there is any correlation.

There are many unique structures in Glasgow, one of which was the “Wiggly Bridge”, because it went across the river Clyde diagonally. Then they built a bridge that was constructed of twisted steel, which they called “Wriggly Bridge”. Also the Transport Museum building is quite unique as well as being beautiful. The display inside makes great use of the space and allows visitors to wander around from type to type.

Glasgow also has a conference centre which looks almost like the Opera House. The guide swears that they didn’t copy the Australian structure although it has the same fine accoustics. The large glass conservatory in the Botanical gardens is also startling.

At the Transport Museum, I encouraged Melien to get of and have a look around. As I said earlier it was impressive, the building cost over £100 million and best of all, it’s free, a most important thing to most Scottish people. We had lunch at the bar and grill outside the building. Beware, they have the most insulting and surly way of dealing with strangers who don’t know what the what the foods in the Bain-Marie represent. Not a smile between both of them! Foolishly I asked for the steak sandwich, which I didn’t wan’t put in a roll. “It's a banquette!” the older woman snapped. “Could you put it in a bun, please?” that was a bad decision as the bun was opened and the server spooned some kind of soup and meat onto the bun. That was my steak sandwich! I sat with soup dribbling down my chin angry at the discourtesy I had experienced. Never mind, other people in Glasgow more than made up for those two, in their kindness.

Back to George Square and on the train to Edinburgh again. A delightful day!
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