This week took me back into town to show off our wonderful city to Clara, a German girl I met on my travels in New Zealand. This was her first visit to Glasgow and after showing her around the many wonderful sights on offer she leaves with a great impression of our city.
On our first day, we headed West to Byres Road, our lunch in Oran Mor, with a visit to the Auditorium upstairs, with the stunning ceiling mural by Alasdair Grey, blew her away, followed by a visit to the Botanical gardens and a trip around Glasgow University, she thought the cloisters were something out of Hogwarts. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum adding to her amazement of what Glasgow has to offer.
Her our second day we went East starting with a City Chambers tour followed by visits to Provands Lordship, St Mungo Museum and the Cathedral led us to lunch at Drygate, we intended heading to the Peoples Palace but as the Winter Garden is closed and they are closing off sections of the Green in readiness for Transmit Festival, we decided to visit the Riverside Museum, and the Tall Ship was another very impressive visit.
In total over the 2 days, we covered all of the major tourist attractions of the city, plus many not on the normal tourist routes, had some good food, seen some great street art and had a chance to catch up and reminisce on our past travels, we had a great couple of days.
One of the things that delighted Clara was the Oor Wullie Big Bucket Trail, she loved all the sculptures dotted around the city, and she very quickly started photographing them, amongst her favourites were the Ziggy Stardust one on Bain Street, the Butterfly one in Kelvingrove Park, and the Heathery Braes one at Glasgow University.
I was also quite happy about that as it gave me a chance to update my list of bagged Wullies, which can be seen here.