Day Two - Glasgow - Riverside Museum of Transport & Kelvingrove Art Museum
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On our first morning at the B&B we enjoyed the 'full English breakfast', which can be a large meal. Nine out of sixteen nights we stayed at B&Bs and each breakfast, usually at 8 am, was spot-on perfect in quality & flavor. This must be one of the best 'comfort-related' pleasures of touring in the UK & Ireland. (Pubs w/ Rooms, where we spent the last five nights, are exactly like a B&B as regards breakfast).
After a short drive to a Park & Ride, we took a City bus to the ScotRail station, and had a 45 minute train ride into Glasgow, most of it through rolling-hills farmland.
We emerged from Queen Street High Station, across the street from George Square, the political center of Glasgow. The cabs were lined up 14 deep. After an ATM visit, we took one to the Riverside Museum of Transport, on the River Clyde, a Zada Hadid design. (Zada Hadid, an Iraqi-Brit, was the most highly-decorated woman Architect in UK history & I think her Wikipedia page - showing samples of buildings she designed - is worth a look)
|map of Glasgow sights|
RIVERSIDE MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT
Once at the Museum we stopped at the cafe, which looks out on the River Clyde, and an 1880s Schooner, and had coffee, before checking out the vast, but condensed, Museum collection. To conserve floor space, exhibits tend to be stacked up.
Generally speaking, a person would be here for a long time if they read all of the exhibits. There's a lot about shipbuilding, with numerous models.
Overall, there's an impressive array of machinery, a tribute to Glasgow's legacy as a major shipbuilding area, and, a major player in the Industrial Revolution, along with Liverpool, Manchester, & Birmingham, in England. This is where modern heavy industries were born, as well as modern air emissions, since it is usually wood or charcoal or coal, that is the energy input for a steam engine.
The steam engine was invented and refined in Glasgow. You can imagine how it changed the world of international shipping.....no more rigging & sails to tend, no more dependence on favorable winds.....fewer lives lost at sea.....shorter travel times.....an amazing step forward in technology.
The dockside 1880s Schooner shown below was an ocean-going commodities ship, built in Glasgow. The boat often sailed to Portland, Oregon and to Australia. It was all rigging & sails for 40 or more trips through the treacherous Drake Passage, an admirable accomplishment. Later it did service in the Spanish Navy. Restoration of this attractive ship was funded by the overall Museum project.
note - you can enlarge any part of a picture by left-clicking in and then out again.
|George's Square||River Clyde||Riverside Museum of Transport|
|1880's Schooner, built in Glasgow|
|the evolution of motorcycles||nostalgia scenes of Old Glasgow|
|River Clyde today||or yesterday|
|a child showing a younger child the sights||Glasgow was a ship building City for decades|
|trains, too||steam engine history|
|looks like stainless steel||revolutionary technology|
KELVINGROVE ART MUSEUM
From the Riverside Museum we had an urban walk uphill for maybe 20 minutes, at times alongside the River Kelvin. We were headed to the Kelvingrove Art Museum. Once at the Museum, we split up, with my wife and I going to look for the Charles Renee Mackintosh Arts & Crafts section, and after that we walked through general European collections, like Dutch masters or Impressionists, and we came across a British Spitfire.
R&L enjoyed seeing the temporary exhibit of Linda McCartney's photographs, from the years when The Beatles were young and British rock was in its heyday. Linda M. was an accomplished black & white photographer of people.
They also saw the Mackintosh section and other parts of the Museum, too. They may have seen some Scottish landscapes, which we missed....
The interior & exterior architecture here is fabulous, from another era.....
|River Kelvin||towards the University of Glasgow||ahead is the Hunterian Museum||but we're going to the Kelvingrove|
|another look||main entrance||an impressive building|
|a mighty organ||Queen Victoria attended the Museum's 1901 opening||heads exhibit||French women impressionist painters|
|Mary Cassatt is probably the best known||into the Arts & Crafts display||Chas. Renee Mackintosh furniture|
|see note 2||museum light||British Spitfire||Linda McCartney|
|early Beatles photo||benediction at the entrance||Kelvingrove Park|
|incredible architecture, see note 1||back at Queen St. High Station|
note 1 - The Museum opened in 1901, as part of a Glasgow International Exhibition. Architecturally, the building style is Spanish Romanesque, specifically modeled on the famous Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia, Spain, which is the burial place of Christian Apostle James, and thus a pilgrimage destination, ever since the middle ages.
note 2 - the display read "lead-colored glass" by Glasgow artist David Gauld, in 1891. He names this work "Music", which I don't get.
After touring the Museum for a few hours we took a cab back downtown to Queen Station, and took the next train back to Stirling. There we had another early dinner, this time at The Inn at Torbrex, in a Stirling suburb, which long ago was an overnight stop on one of the main roads.
The haggis option, which I was again able to sample, was very good, easy to like, with a deep-fried aspect. (I didn't order it for myself because I was trying to adhere to a vegetarian diet, with varying degrees of success.)
Back at the B&B, while our wives were upstairs reading, Rich and I enjoyed some red wine & banter with the B&B owner-husband, who turned out to be a naturally humorous guy. The three of us compared notes on the kinds of music we like, or which impressive artists we had seen in concerts, over the years.....we did find some common ground.
At some point I brought up the subject of bagpipes and he confessed right away that he hates bagpipe music. He said "I'm 100% Scottish, but I can't stand that %@# droning sound".
Once again the tourists turned in early.....
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