Thursday, June 24, 2010

Day 11 - Glasgow

Arose to a damp dull morning. Decided we would drive to Glasgow for the day.
First stop, though was to check out the town of Blantyre that Blair's mother had immigrated from as a small child with her family. This was the birthplace of David Livingstone.
 It was also here on 22 October 1877 that the Blantyre mining disaster took place, where 207 miners (men and boys) were killed when a coal mine exploded due to methane gas. Christy Moore (an Irish singer) and Luke Kelly recorded well-known versions of the traditional song about this disaster.

Interesting name on ths pub

Did I say it was rainy?

Rainy cold weather calls for comfort food at the Counting House which also was originally a bank.

Sausages and mash!

Time to board the Hop On Hop Off with our first stop at the People's Palace.
I just loved the Doulton Statue out front.The Doulton Fountain was gifted to the city by Sir Henry Doulton, and first unveiled at the Empire Exhibition held at Kelvingrove Park in 1888. The fountain was then moved to Glasgow Green in 1890. The largest terracotta fountain in the world and the best surviving example of its kind, it has five tiers, is 46 feet high and 70 feet across the base – the third of the width of a football pitch.

Once again, my favourite queen

 I had heard about the Palace from a blogging colleague Mangocheeks back in February. We had fun chatting about steamies. The Palace has a wonderful exhibition about Glasgow life.

The sun started to come out as we decided to head back to Edinburgh.
All in all glad we visited but equally glad we chose Edinburgh as our base for the week.

Glasgow (pronounced /ˈɡlæzɡoʊ/ (GLAZ-goh); Scots: Glesga Scottish Gaelic: Glaschu) is the largest city in Scotland and third most populous in the United Kingdom. The city is situated on the River Clyde in the country's west central lowlands. A person from Glasgow is known as a Glaswegian, which is also the name of the local dialect. It is an industrial city not nearly as pretty as Edinburgh. There are far less tourists in Glasgow.

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