Day 5: A Day of Culture

Before the culture began Mrs L headed back out to the Riverside Museum to hunt down the elusive Clyde, and there he was hiding behind the museum minding his own business, looking out at the River Clyde.

Clyde 19 at Riverside Museum

Clyde 19 at Riverside Museum

The Hunterian Art Gallery up by Glasgow University houses the Mackintosh House which is one of the most important collections of the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret Macdonald.  The house comprises the contents of their Glasgow home and their artistic estate.  They lived in Glasgow from 1906-1914 at 6 Florentine Terrace, a mid 19th century terraced house which they remodelled.  The original house had to be demolished in the 1960s because it was unsafe due to subsidence from underground mine workings.  The fixtures were preserved and reassembled as an integral part of the University’s Hunterian Art Gallery.  As to be expected and with a totally unbiased view, Mrs L considered this replica of the Mackintosh home to be truly stunning.

Mrs L was then hoping for a trip to the University of Glasgow visitor centre and a wander through the grounds but no……..the visitor centre and main quadrangle were all closed due to a Commonwealth Games business conference! The walk around the perimeter of the very old and and beautiful main University buildings was nevertheless very rewarding and people were able to access the smaller quad which had a couple of ‘kelpies’ on display. I am sure there is lots of history attached to this University – so somewhere to revisit next time Mrs L is in Glasgow.

Lunch was an excellent salt beef sandwich at the Pelican Bar and Bistro on Argyle Street just across the road from the Kelvingrove Museum.  A new bistro which won a best newcomer award in 2013.

The Pelican Bar and Bistro

The Pelican Bar and Bistro

Mrs L then had a quick diversion up to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children to spy Clyde 23.  More culture then followed with a fairly rapid trip through the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery.  Highlights of the visit included the Glasgow Boys art exhibition – famous Glaswegian artists of the 19th and 20th centuries; Glasgow Stories telling the history of Glasgow at the height of it’s greatness in the 18th and 19th centuries followed by post-war decline in the mid 20th century and then followed by its rise back to greatness as a centre of retail, culture and the arts; a smaller exhibition dedicated to Mr and Mrs Mackintosh and the Glasgow style; Salvador Dali’s ‘Christ of St John of the Cross’, a controversial non-traditional portrayal of Christ on the cross but nevertheless impressive.

The final Clydes to find for the day were the huge Floral Clyde right in front of Kelvingrove – impossible even for Mrs L to miss!

Floral Clyde at Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery

Floral Clyde at Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery

However, the Clyde in Kelvingrove Park proved somewhat more of a challenge as several areas of the park are closed off due to Games activities – the Commonwealth Games bowls competition will be held here and there is also a Festival in the park.  Not to be thwarted, Mrs L walked around the perimeter fencing to finally get into the park and with the help of Google maps found the area where Clyde 15 was sheltering in the shade. With blue skies and temperatures up at 25c it was time for Mrs L to head home for a couple of hours rest before the start of her first GFH night shift.

Tomorrow the Glasgow 2014 Games will open!

Let the Games begin!

Let the Games begin!

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