Here are my feelings, after my first month in Glasgow, at the half of my trip to Scotland.
We have a better weather than the beginning of our trip, what permit to Yassine and me to be more motivated than the beginning of the trip.
A real mix between classic and modern architecture!
From the street, I saw a corridor, on the Buchanan street, I thought it was a cinema… But when I arrived at the end of this corridor, I saw a very huge and beautiful Shopping centre.
The fact is that this shopping centre is the Princes Square Shopping Centre. I had never seen a shopping centre like that, with these wood-stairs, and this architecture.
However, I bought nothing: it was essentially luxury shops. (Mont Blanc, for example)
Our 1st day of visit:
As the big worker I am, I woke up at 11am, took my brunch, then I took my time.
We met up with Yassine, to go to the Gallery of Modern Art, we saw a lot of arts, some of them were incredible, some other were a little bit strange for us.
It was great to see that there were French artists’ pieces of art in this gallery.
After that, we go across the city, where we discovered a new part of the street, we found this place so beautiful, so we stopped for a picture.
George Square, one of the most important places in Glasgow
When we arrived at the Glasgow Green Park, we discovered a very huge, and very beautiful garden, truly, I didn’t expect to find a garden as huge and as beautiful as the Glasgow Green Park, in the town centre of Glasgow.
After a twenty-minutes’ walk across this park, we arrived in front of this very beautiful fountain, called the Doulton Fountain.
This fountain has been created for the Glasgow Exhibition of 1888 at Kelvingrove Park, due to the fragility of its materials, this statue has been particularly vulnerable to damage. The statue has been struck by lightning in 1891. Moreover, during the 80’s a lot of vandalism acts were the cause of its damage.
Now, this fountain is in front of the People’s palace museum. And it is a really piece of art.
After that, we went to the People’s palace museum, but we found this museum not really organized, without a real sense. Maybe we don’t have the art sensitivity, but for us, this museum was not interesting.
Although, this day was a great first day of visits, and we were happy of our tour, and of our weekend.
The Buchanan View’s Summer festival:
This day was organized the Buchanan View’s Summer festival (in our student residence), to celebrate the end of the school year, the end of the exams, and the beginning of the summer.
For this day, we have been very lucky, the weather was great, and permited us to eat our free slices of pizzas, and our ice cream in sunny conditions.
We talked with a Tai student, who were here for studies, and we shared our first feelings about Scotland.
Our 2nd day of visits:
With Yassine, Eirhnh (my roomate), and Panos (a friend of Eirhnh), we went again to the Gallery of Modern Art, and then I remind myself it could be great to take pictures of this horseman, with his building site cone on his head, which is a big emblem of the city of Glasgow.
This day, I took more time to watch the different pieces of art in this gallery. It permits me to better appreciate this museum.
After this (re)visit of the Gallery of Modern Art, we walked across the city, to the Glasgow Cathedral, as known as the “High Kirk of Glasgow”, we visited this cathedral, I thought it was huge and very beautiful, the architecture, the different decorations.
We went to the crypt, it was the first time for me I was going in a crypt. The crypt was beautiful, and there was a chorus who was singing religious songs, and prayers, it was very beautiful.
We visited a room where priests could meet other priests, or other members of the clergy.
I really liked this visit. The only thing I didn’t really like was the fact that it was a shop, inside the nave of the cathedral, I thought it was not the good place to trade.
The central nave of the cathedral
The high of the cathedral, and the archicture
The lower side of the cathedral
The chorus, in the crypt of the cathedral
After this cathedral, we went to the St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life & Art, I think it is a very interesting museum, but I was so tired to really enjoy this visit.
This museum is on a lot of Religious arts from all around the world.
By coming back home, I found these two pieces of art in the street, I really enjoy street art generally, but these ones were meaningful, for me, a lot of significations, in one painting, I think that it is real pieces of art.
What a beautiful view!
An evening, I ate at the Yassine’s flat, and I discovered the beautiful view on the city he could see, and I really liked it.
My 3rd day of visits, the Kelvin Groove Museum, and the Riverside Museum:
This day, I went to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum with Eirhnh, and we saw a lot of different things, animals, paintings, and other pieces of art.
Then Maria, a friend of Eirhnh joined us, and continued the visit with us. She suggested us to take pictures with the faces, so I would like to share to you, my best pic, with those funny faces.
Then, we met Audrey (a student from our school), who, in front of the Kelvinhall building, to go to the “T-rex in town” exposition. This exposition was expensive, near £10, just to see this T-rex, and to do some activities around the theme of the T-rex. These activities could permit us to learn facts about the T-rex life, etc.
It was good, but the value of it was not £10, for me.
After that, we decided to take the Subway, to go to Riverside Museum, which is a museum about the evolution of the transport, where we can find cars, motorbikes, trains, bicycles, and boats.
In total, there are more than 3000 pieces of art.
This museum was my bigger crush of the Glasgow City. I really liked it, I fell in love of these cars, and of theses motorbikes.
Usually, I prefer motorbikes to the cars, but this day, in this museum, I thought that cars were amazing, we could see ones of the first cars, to the new ones, and it was great.
I took some pictures for you:
My 4th day of visits, attempt of visit for the Glasgow Science Centre, and Riverside museum again:
This day, with Yassine, we went to meet Carla (a student from our school), with 3 of her friends who are living in United Kingdom (Connor, Mitch, and Liv).
We begun by going to the Glasgow Science Centre, but Carla and her friends were not very interested about it, and told me it was more for children, so Connor went to the reception and… asked for a refund!
So, we walked across the bridge, and came to the Riverside Museum, the second time for me.
On our way, I saw this view of the Glasgow Science Centre building, I wanted to take a picture of it since the beginning of my trip, so I did it:
Our 5th visit, in the Glasgow Science Centre:
This day, we went, with Yassine, to the Glasgow Science Centre, where we discovered a lot of science experiments, and a lot of facts on it, and we also saw a lot of optical illusions.
This Centre was not just a museum, in which you are just looking at paintings, and other pieces of art, but you have to be active to understand the aim of each experience, it was a very great place to understand our environment, and every existing element.
One of my favourite one, this “body” is a representation of each part of the human body, proportional to the size of the linked cells on the brain.
Edinburgh, a very beautiful city
With Yassine, we went to Edinburgh, the last Saturday, and we did a lot of things.
Do not count on me to share too much information about it, Yassine already did it on his article, based on this day, to Edinburgh!
I just share a few photographs of this day.
A little House in the Prince Street Garden
Some of the barrels of the Edinburgh Castle
This view on the Edinburgh Castle
This fountain, in the Prince Street Garden
A view from the Edinburgh Castle
I really like this signboard
The Scott Monument, in the center of this picture
I saw young married people, who were, I think going to a photo shooting
This beautiful statue represents a famous Scottich Architect : William Henry Playfair
See you soon,