A Wee Guide To Glasgow




 
It started as a the faintest of feelings. Like a single strand of hair that brushes across your face as a breeze wafts in through the window. It was so small, it almost didn’t even exist. I ignored it at first, but as the moments accumulated, I noticed the feeling building within me; getting stronger and stronger until I could no longer suppress it. I can't put into words how homesick I am for Glasgow.

I just miss it. I miss the smell, the feeling, the people, the places. There’s a certain colour that the sky goes when the sun sets over Scotland. The clouds turn pink, and they have an orange lining. Soon the sky transforms into a mix of those colours. I miss it. Indian sunsets are a glorious thing to behold; but a Glaswegian sunset will always be my favourite. I miss seeing the light on the church steeple when all goes dark. I miss the way the seagulls swarm in tangential directions.

I miss the feeling of that ground, of that rain in my hair. I miss the comfort of hot showers in that water after walking home in a downpour of rain. My chest fills when I realise how much I miss Glasgow. As much as my home is changed each time I see it, there is a magic that hangs over the city. It's the place I will forever think of when I think of home.

I wanted to write about Glasgow today, just because. I know we've been apart for many months now, and these pictures were taken a year ago nearly (gahh) but I think having lived there for 18 years, I think I'm still okay to write this little guide to my home. I wanted to do this now, as my lovely and extremely talented friend Sara, is headed there this month, and since I can't guide her around in person, I thought a little virtual tour might be handy.






1. The West End

I think I'm officially a west end girl, and the thought of spending most of my time in that end of the city again come September is extremely exciting. If you're a newbie, go to visit the University in all it's Hogwartian glory, before going for a wander down the cobbled streets of Ashton Lane under the fairy lights. Then, get yourself down to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, where my younger self was taken every single rainy weekend. Housed in one of the city's most gorgeous buildings, it’s really one of a kind. When walking around, you never know what to expect, as there’s everything from the Glasgow's history to French Impressionism and modern art.

If it's dry, spend an hour or two in Kelvingrove Park, where there is always something to discover. Go and visit the beautiful botanic gardens, and if your visiting in summer try and get yourself a ticket for Bard in the Botanics and pray it doesn't rain (but bring a raincoat just in case!)The botanic gardens are the perfect place to wander around with your thoughts, and there are plenty of benches to sit and relax on. The two greenhouses are wonderful, but I actually prefer the outside garden. There are winding paths, a wide variety of trees, plants and flowers, and the atmosphere is just really calming and inspiring.

If it's wet run across the road and get a ticket for ‘A Play, a Pie, and a Pint’ at the Oran Mor. Otherwise, walk down the road and have a look around in the Oxfam Bookshop on Byres Road.





2. The City Centre

If you're looking to do some shopping, or just love old buildings, get yourself into the city centre. Take the underground from Hillhead (West End) into St Enoch and just let yourself wander around. Don't worry about missing your tube stop either, as it's perfect circle means if you stay on, you'll get where you want to be eventually! Go and see George Square, which is always interesting; hence why I've included so many photos from it!

Go and meet friends at the Duke of Wellington Statue- the one with the cone on his head- which you can find outside of GoMA - Glasgow's Museum of Modern Art. The statue is a landmark of the city, hence why I love it and it's in my header. Basically, a long time ago, some very drunk folk thought it would be funny to put a traffic cone on the statue, and despite efforts by the police and city council ever since; the tradition has continued.

From GoMA, walk up to the Lighthouse, designed by Glasgow's favourite architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Free to enter, there's a shop, a cafe, and various galleries to wander around. The real highlight though, is getting yourself up the spiral staircase to the outside viewing platform. Or, the lower down inside viewing deck, for rainier, winder days. It's free, too, which is why I can often be found hiding away up there when I need a moment away from the noisy city.( Although after all these months in Hyderabad I have a feeling Glasgow will seem insanely quiet when I return)












3. Central Station

Okay, so I know a train station won't strike you as the ultimate place to be, and it isn't, but it's a bit of a landmark. Historically, and I suppose even now. If you're meeting someone, you meet them under the clock, it's just tradition. Something I'm definitely going to do when I get home, is go on the tour. It's supposed to be amazing, and the history of this place is one I'm dying to find out more about.





4. The Clyde

It's our river, the reason Glasgow exists, and you'll always find something to do down by the river. Concerts, events, interesting people abound! It's a good place to cycle along, or, if you're comfortable enough going at night - this view is a pretty famous one. You'll find teams of photographers trying to get a wee photo of the squnity bridge a night, and it's obvious why.








5. Glasgow Green

If you're in the mood for a good wander, get yourself down to Glasgow Green. See the People's Palace, and find out an in-depth history of the city and it's culture. See the Winter Gardens, and maybe you'll begin to understand why I love this city. You'll probably catch a busker or two, and if it's nice enough, bring snacks and enjoy a picnic on the green. It's in the east end of the city, filled with more locals than tourists, and I really like it.



If you go to Glasgow and don't fall in love a little, I will be surprised. It's an amazing city and I hope anyone who visits will love it. Just writing this post made me a wee bit jealous that I couldn't be there, but I can't complain. I'll be back soon. Look after my city while I'm gone though, won't you?

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  1. Love this city, such a vibrant mix of culture, good humour and fun - even if it is a wee bit grey and rainy today!

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    1. Ahh it is! I'm so jealous, even if it is grey and rainy! <3 x

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  2. AWW ANNE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WRITING THIS!! We're currently in Galway, tomorrow we're leaving for Dublin, then Belfast and then we're taking the ferry to Scotland and I'll finally be in your hometown! I honestly can't wait to see everything you mentioned, the pictures look beautiful and I just know I'll love it there :) I really hope I'll get to see one of those sunsets you described and I'm already looking forward to visiting the university. Maybe one day once you're back home I can come to Glasgow again to visit you. Or you can visit me in Switzerland! Sending you a big hug & much love x

    Sara’sChapters

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  3. Even though I was actually born in Scotland and quite close to Glasgow. I've pretty much spent my whole life in England and never really explored my birthplace, but I really would like too!
    I hope you don't mind me saying this, it is just a suggestion, but I think it would be a good idea if you made your text font bigger. I'm reading this post on a laptop and it's quite small and hard to read. I really hope you don't take this in the wrong way, I just thought I would mention it in case other readers are having the same problem.
    Aleeha xXx
    http://www.halesaaw.com/

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    1. Hey Aleeha! You should defs come and visit :) Not at all! There was actually a bit of a bug with blogger and it kept making my font ridiculously small (ughh so frustrating!) xx

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