Old Strathcona

Window Boxes

As you travel through Glasgow one of the many lovely features that you might see are the quaint window boxes.  Coming from a small town in Canada, I am used to wide open fields and large green backyards.  It is noticeable that space is a luxury in the city, as is so often the case, and one way to brighten and personalize your personal space is through the use of flowers.  I found them quite lovely and enjoyed seeing the bright splashes of color throughout my travels.

 

 

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People’s Palace

Glasgow Green

Glasgow Green is a park in the east end of the city of Glasgow.  It’s found on the north bank of the River Clyde.  Established in the 15th century, it is the oldest park in the city

 

The Doulton Fountain is found just in front of the People’s Palace which houses the city’s social history collection.  At the opening ceremony of the People’s Palace Lord Rosebery stated: “A palace of pleasure and imagination around which the people may place their affections and which may give them a home on which their memory may rest”. He declared the building “Open to the people for ever and ever”.  The highly decorative five-tier fountain in French Renaissance style was designed to commemorate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 1887.  It is truly a beautiful piece of work and the largest terracotta fountain in the world.

 

 

 

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Below the crowning figure of the Queen by John Broad are four kneeling maidens emptying pitchers, and beneath them are sentries representing Scottish, English and Irish regiments, along with a sailor representing the Royal Navy. Below these are four allegorical groups representing Canada , South Africa , Australia and India.

 

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Murals of Glasgow

It’s an interesting thing as you travel through Glasgow, that while surrounded by so much history, you will see modern murals throughout.  Not just small murals or graffiti but street art enveloping the whole sides of buildings.  It definitely brightens the streets, each piece carries it’s own story and at times a piece of historical pride.  There is a mural trail that one can follow throughout the city to see each unique piece.

 

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Downtown Glasgow

Merchant City

The Merchant City was formerly the residential district of the wealthy city merchants in the 18th and early 19th centuries, particularly the Tobacco Lords from whom many of the streets take their name. As the Industrial Revolution and the wealth it brought to the city resulted in the expansion of Glasgow’s central area westward, the original medieval centre was left behind. Glasgow Cross, situated at the junction of High Street, Gallowgate, Trongate and Saltmarket was the original centre of the city, symbolised by its Mercat cross. Glasgow Cross encompasses the Tolbooth Clock Tower; all that remains of the original City Chambers, which was destroyed by fire in 1926.

~the above from Wikipedia

Tolbooth Clock Tower

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