Glasgow, tea rooms, and graveyards
We took a walk the night before near our B&B in Paisley. Surprisingly, this suburb is very historic and interesting. It is home to the University West of Scotland (that's how the sign read), students are housed in 2-3 hundred year old buildings and the campus is very modern. Across from the campus is this marvelous church built as a memorial to Thomas Coates. For my sewing friends that's the Coates of Coates & Clark sewing thread fame. Seems he was extremely good to his employees, his city and generous to those in need.
The trains are great and so easy to use... if you pay attention. This little "Cuddle" clip next to the ticket window caught my eye as someone who deals with canes and walking sticks a lot at home. What a handy idea, I want one for every room.
One day in Glasgow is not enough... just saying. It wasn't at all what I expected. We joined the Hop On, Hop Off bus tour because it is a good way to learn about a city while having the ability to stop at all the most noted places to visit. On our list for the day was a trip to a museum, a tea house stop, the cathedral for Evensong service, and finish with the necropolis.
The Kelvinggrove Art Museum has a great display of art and furnishings from Charles Renee Mackintosh and other artists of the early 1900's. Known as the the Glasgow New Art Mackintosh's signature style became widely accepted around the world. Mackintosh, an architect, designer, and artist, rose to fame with a series of tea houses he designed for Miss Catherine Cranston and other works done in and around Glasgow.
Mackintosh is one of my personal favorites and one of his tea rooms has been restored. We treated ourselves to tea in The Willow Tea Rooms. We ate in the famous Silver Room and enjoyed a full high tea including marvelous deserts for all.
Back on the bus we were introduced to the old and new in Glasgow until we reached the Glasgow Cathedral. We arrived in time to enjoy the choral music of their Sunday Evensong. Very pretty to hear the voices blend in the cathedral. Nine voices filled the large expanse with clear beautiful sound.
As the sun was beginning to set we went behind the cathedral to the Glasgow Necropolis. It's huge and on a hill that has breath taking views of the city. Thousands of graves are marked here and have been for centuries. Simple plaques to more elaborate carved stones, and full blown monuments are everywhere, new and ancient. I half expected some of the crooked head stones to start moving and hear the music from the Haunted Mansion in Disneyland.
This is our last destination on the trip. I will have one more wrap-up post with some side notes and photos that you might find interesting. Thanks for reading along.
Did you think of me while you were having your tea. I'm having a cup now and thinking of you.
Amazing. Love the photos and you.
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