Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Glasgow trip outgoing and day 1


Last Thursday evening we took a flight to Glasgow airport for a 4 night city break in the city that'll host the
Heathrow airport as we left
Commonwealth games next month. Although the  weekend was to be a bargain one we had used British Airways for hotel and flight which meant that we'd have our local airport, Heathrow as the outgoing leg of the journey.

Pleasantly surprised by the flight BA are I would say better than the low cost airlines and even provided a drink.On the onward trip from the airport to the well appointed Thistle Hotel in the centre of Glasgow - our taxi driver was a really nice friendly person who provided a great introduction pointing out touristic information as we moved through a late evening city.

Day 1

The simple entrance gives nothing away
After a good sleep  the next day kicked off with a pre-breakfast stroll and a Bagel*mania (very good value at less than £10 for the two of us)  breakfast.  We decided to try and locate The Burrell Collection
and  used the combination of the Glasgow underground and quite a long
A Rodin in the Burrell
walk to find the Collection.

Oddly it's just over a year since I commented on rather an excellent TV programme about Burrell and his hoarding habit who was a bit like The US press Baron Randolph Hearst in his collecting .

The Galsgow underground consists of one circle line and looks a bit like a child's version of a metro system.  the journey was worth it and saw the Courbet painting, The Charity of a Beggar at Ornans as well as some very varied artefacts, and plenty of Rodins.

A modern home for a varied collection
that Burrell left to Glasgow

A very old station

The Burrell  Collection was housed in a modern (though leaky) building in the delightful Pollok Park- we used overground to get back to the city via Pollokshaws West.

The trip to the Burrell was fun, the weather good  and after a cup of tea and a rest in our hotel  room we went off and ate that evening at the rather excellent Tapas restaurant Torres in nearby Sauceihall Street.

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