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Adventures in Glasgow

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One of the mid 19th-century ‘Munich windows’ at Glasgow Cathedral.

I’ve heard that Edinburgh is the city to visit and Glasgow is the city to live in, and I can see why they say that–one’s got the history and the other’s got the edgy arts scene, nightclubs and suchlike. Though I’ve been living in Edinburgh these last five weeks I’ve been spending quite a bit of time in Glasgow, for a reason I may one day share with you. Until then, some sightseeing.

Ready for the creepiest thing EVER?

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Okay, maybe not THE creepiest thing, but she sure spooked the heck out of me on a gloomy afternoon. Spotted inside the Houldsworth mausoleum on the Necropolis (you can see the exterior of this mausoleum on the front page–it’s the one on the right).

A view of the cathedral from the cemetery, and another photo from the Houldsworth tomb:

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I told some new friends I had gone to the Necropolis, and they seemed shocked. ‘But it was two o’clock in the afternoon!’ I said. I’ve heard that people often sleep in the tombs (and do, y’know, whatever else), but it never occurred to me to worry about going up there by myself during the day. I didn’t see any unsavory characters lurking around, anyway–just other tourists, a gardener, and some locals walking their dogs.

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On February 26th I went to the Tramway, a really neat post-industrial theatre space, to hear my friend Rhona’s choir. This is a very lively and supremely talented ensemble group, the Second Hand Marching Band.

And on my last afternoon in the city, I went to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. What a treasure trove! If you’re ever in Glasgow, don’t miss it. The building itself is stunning too.

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‘Floating heads’ high above a hall full of taxidermies, 19th-century portrait busts, and other interesting thingamabobs.

5 Comments to Adventures in Glasgow

  1. March 7, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    That creepy Jesus looks like Michael Jackson, before the full change.

  2. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    March 7, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

    I love the floating heads–so creepy!
    So excited for next week!

  3. March 8, 2011 at 6:09 am | Permalink

    Haha!

  4. dee's Gravatar dee
    March 8, 2011 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    wow…so want to go there. hope you have a lovely time on the next stage of your trip, pity our paths won’t cross xoxo

  5. dee's Gravatar dee
    March 8, 2011 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    may 16th. It is exciting!! Also, Prim is going into reprint, so that kind of rules…

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Hi! I'm Camille. I only write stories that could never ever happen in real life, though I do believe in real-life magic. If we were in the same room I'd fix you a cup of tea, but for now we'll have to settle for a virtual connection. I'm really glad you're here.