Rick Steves, one of my favorite travel writers, has put together a wonderful self-guided walking tour of Glasgow’s City Center (found in Rick Steves’ Snapshot Scotland), that gives a concise but thorough look at some of Glasgow’s best sights and attractions.
|Glasgow Central Station, a photo by Dave Forbes Photography on Flickr.|
The whole walk takes 2-3 hours (depending on how long you linger and how many photos you take), but we can “virtually” walk the streets in a matter of minutes! I had fun clicking around Google Maps Street View, following some of the route and marveling at the beautiful architecture, all without navigating dangerous traffic or incomprehensible Glaswegian accents! “Walking” from Glasgow’s Central Station past wine lodges, hotels, shops, and churches, here are a few highlights we would come across:
Passing along the busy shopping street called Buchanan and going under an elaborate archway, we find a public square that is dominated by the Gallery of Modern Art, GoMA, and a certain equestrian statue that exemplifies Glasgow’s peculiar sense of humor. Despite its Neoclassical façade, a quirky mosaic livens up GoMA’s look and gives a hint of the weird works found within (all created by living artists). The statue of the Duke of Wellington which stands on the square is frequently topped by an irreverent traffic cone. Hundreds of strands of Christmas lights cast a glittering net over the square each night, and are just one more proof of this city’s love of fun and beauty.
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