O, beautiful city of Glasgow, which stands on the river Clyde,
How happy should the people be which in ye reside;
Because it is the most enterprising city of the present day,
Whatever anybody else may say.

William Topaz McGonagall, The Beautiful City of Glasgow

Everywhere I go, my mind is a blank canvas, which slowly fills as I absorb the sights and sounds, but there are few places I have visited in recent years where I’ve felt such an instant affinity.

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Glasgow Central Station

As I arrive at Glasgow Central Station, the twelfth busiest railway station in the UK, the train glides to a halt under the magnificent roof constructed from glass and steel.  I feel an air of calm despite Beyonce and Jay-Z being in town.

Beyonce and Jay-Z play Glasgow's Hampden Park
Beyonce and Jay-Z played Glasgow’s Hampden Park 9th June 2018

Outside the station and into the sunshine my love affair with this vibrant cultural hub begins.

Friendly people and spectacular buildings.  I’m not normally one to wax lyrical about buildings but the Glaswegian Victorians certainly knew how to build.  Red, quirky Red Ballochmyle sandstone buildings towering spectacularly into the sky.

Visionary architects, such as Charles Rennie MacKintonsh whose notable works include the Glasgow School of Art (below right) and Scotland Street School (below left), have left their mark on this, the world’s friendliest city.

My first taste of Glasgow, my first taste of Scotland and I after three days in this buzzy city, where the people instantly make you feel at home, I felt a much-needed adrenalin rush.  So much to do, so little time, but I comfort myself with the thought

I will return!

Written by Tessa Barrie

Blogger from Jersey, Channel Islands UK who believes life's too short to be niche.

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