Today is the summer solstice, and two days ago I tried to buy a winter coat to protect me from the winter like weather here in Glasgow (Wondering what I mean by try? Well, I was in line and getting ready to buy said coat in a Marks & Spencer when a woman walked by the checkout line and snatched it out of my hands. I was too weirded out to attempt to buy another). It’s seriously so cold here, especially when the dang wind zips through the streets.
Minus the weather, I really dig Glasgow. There are so many museums, parks, and bakeries that I couldn’t ever visit them all. Plus, you’ll be walking down the street when suddenly bagpipes will just start playing. I even saw a bagpipe band, which consisted of like 10 bagpipes and a few bass drums! They were leading an impromptu parade. This parade was unlike any other I had seen. Following the bagpipes were taxis and busses screeching their horns non-stop for the entirety of the parade route. I asked around and none of the locals were able to articulate what the parade was in celebration of.
I saw a lot, did a lot, and walked around 20 or so miles in Glasgow. Here are the specifics:
Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery (+ Park): I’d like to start out by saying that there are an incredible amount of parks in Glasgow, like so so many. Situated in this park, is one of the most visited museums in Scotland––the Kelvingrove Museum. It’s divided into two separate sections, Life and Expression. The Life portion is centered around the natural history of Scotland, while the Expression portion focuses on art. The Museum mostly has Scottish, like the Glasgow Boys, and European, like Dalí, artists. Unsurprisingly one of the highlights of the collection was my favorite piece––Christ of Saint John of the Cross. Dalí’s work is situated in its owned room, that’s darkened and lit from above with special lights. It was totally breathtaking.
Glasgow Cathedral and Cemetery: When I texted my mom that I was touring a cemetery as part of my explorations in Glasgow she was a little confused. I feel like it’s sort of a European tourist-y thing to do––visiting old cemeteries that is. This one in particular had really great views as it was situated on a necropolis of sorts. I was able to see stellar views of the city as well as the cathedral below. The art history major living inside my bones was saddened to find out that no bishop resides in the Glasgow Cathedral (aka it isn’t a cathedral), and instead a Presbyterian church now lives in the space. Even though it isn’t technically a cathedral, it was still a gorgeous building.
People’s Palace: When I heard that there was an indoor winter garden, I knew that meant one thing…succulents. And I wasn’t disappointed by their collection of plants in the indoor garden. They had cinnamon, lemons, tropical trees, and so many other types of gorgeous plants. Also included in the Palace is a museum about the people of Glasgow, and a cafe.
Glasgow Modern Art Museum: I had a hard time locating the gallery even though it was located in central downtown. The GoMA is housed in an old neoclassical building, which is probably what threw me off. The sprawling galleries were filled with art from many prominent individuals in the world of Modern art––can you say Andy Warhol (his mushroom soup can!!) and Andy Goldsworthy. I’m a sucker for all things Goldsworthy so I was delighted that they had a room featuring mostly his works.