Saturday, June 23, 2012

Glasgow / 格拉斯哥


On our way from Edinburgh to Glasgow, we encountered Anil on the bus to the  train station. He said Glasgow looks quite different from Edinburgh. The former used to be a centre of industrialization in history. Upon hearing that, I didn't have any romantic expectation of the city. 


In this episode, I decide to start by introducing the B and B Amadeus. Like a tour guide (whom we ran into a few months earlier) suggested, many B and B owners put old photos taken 40 years ago online to attract customers, so there is indeed a contrast between the images and the reality. I didn't ask for much based on what I saw on the website of Amadeus. However, I was immediately impressed after entering the house. 


The secret of Glasgow begins right from the door. Everyone, pay great attention. 


We had a remarkable room with a view. I couldn't help drawing a quick sketch of the garden outside. We had a good time watching the finale of The Voice UK and reviewing Hugh Grant's Notting Hill. It was at that moment that I realized that I would never learn enough about British culture! 


I am totally swept off my feet by these drawings of Picasso! 


Nana played the ukulele on a sunny morning. 


Though Amadeus was a really brilliant place, we still had to take a look at the city. 


In the city centre, there were many gorgeous-looking street performers. 


The buildings in Glasgow appear to be quite washed-out at first sight, but after having seen a lot of them, I didn't think they were so simple. In fact, they reminded me of those in Budapest, which are typical of the secession art style. There are many ornate details on the facades. 


We strolled on the streets that roll up and down. 


We strolled into the cafe of Glasgow School of Art. 


Before finding the art school building, we came across a student majoring in sculpture.  We had a pleasant chat with the auntie about her installation work. 


The main building of Glasgow School of Art was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. He plays a key role in the art and architecture history of Glasgow. Certain well-known designs were attributed to him. 


Mackintosh was a designer in the Arts and Crafts Movement and Art Nouveau in the UK. Glasgow was an important production centre of heavy engineering and shipbuilding. After the industrialization revolution, the demand for mass-produced items rose. Mackintosh and other designers were influenced by Japanese culture. In the design of furniture, they preferred restraint and economy of means, simple forms and natural materials, and the use of texture, light and shadow. 


We went for a walk in the Glasgow botanic garden. Though the sunshine looked dazzling, it was actually quite chilly. We didn't picnic for 10 minutes before deciding to get up and go. 


There are some lanes in West End lined with restaurants and bars frequented by people in the evening. People in Glasgow speak with their own accent. They also have their own slangs. It was a pity that we didn't stay long in the city. 


Glasgow is about one hour away from Edinburgh by train. In comparison, the latter is grand and unconstrained while Glasgow is refined in certain ways. 


University of Glasgow is also in West End. 


We explored in the corners of the campus. 


There is a museum in the university called Hunterian Museum with a collection of historical and biological artefacts. If you look closely, you'll notice that the design of the balustrade is quite Art Nouveau. 


Not far away from the university is Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum housing a collection of the classic works of artists from Glasgow and other treasures. 

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