24 hours in Glasgow + the Commonwealth Games

Monday, August 11, 2014

Between work and life there hasn't been much down time for hubby and I of late. So a few weeks back when we remembered that we had some 2014 Commonwealth Games Tickets floating about our flat somewhere the hunt was on to find them and book us a ride to Glasgow!

Luckily I have a super-lovely tea drinking friend that lives in Glasgow, whom I met while living in Japan many years ago, and have been planning on visiting for the last five years. So after a quick 'facebook conversation' we had somewhere to rest our heads too.

And I was excited... old friend catch ups, a new city to explore and tickets to the Commonwealth Games.

In addition to all of the above one of the key highlights for me was discovering how beautiful Glasgow's city edges are. Indeed Glasgow has lots of green spaces to kick back in... the Botanic Gardens, walking along the River Clyde, the River Kelvin and Forth and Clyde Canal in addition to the city parks.

Yes it rained (we were in Scotland!) but look at how lush and green everything was...

River Kelvin - Glasgow
archway along the River Kelvin

Flowers in the Botanic Gardens, Glasgow

Flowers in the Botanic Gardens, Glasgow

Walking along the canal, Glasgow

As the Glasgow city brand claims: 'People Make Glasgow', and I would have to agree. On the tube, in a restaurant, walking down the street and so on there was always someone who wanted to have a natter with us. Yes, Glaswegians are much more friendly than us London folk!

People Make Glasgow

And when New Zealand bet South Africa in the Commonwealth Games woman's hockey bronze medal match I was pretty happy. (Picture lots of wooping and waving of arms.)

Commonwealth Games - womans hockey bronze match

And here he is - the star of the show himself: a thistle man named Clyde - the official mascot of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Clyde is named after the River Clyde and was designed by Beth Gilmour, age 12, from Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire. Go Beth! I just love Clyde's fishy shorts.

Clyde, the Commonwealth Games 2014 mascot
Clyde, the Commonwealth Games 2014 mascot

In case you're wondering what a real thistle looks like here you go...

Thistle - Commonwealth Games 2014

And check out that moody skyline!

Glasgow skyline

Have a great week everyone.

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14 comments

  1. Lovely colourful shots, I've never been to Glasgow - it's on my list to do!

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    1. Well there is actually a lot to see and do. I only just scratched the surface to be honest!

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  2. I've only ever been to Glasgow for a few hours and it's very interesting to hear what people have to say about it. So many bloggers talking about their lovely time spent there for the Commonwealth games. Glasgow has such a bad reputation sadly, and I want to give it a better chance next time I'm in Scotland! Also, when you said hockey, I so didn't understand how South Africa was going for third position! Ha! Then I realise it was grass hockey!

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    1. Lol - yep where I come from that's what we call hockey, probably because 'ice-hockey' doesn't exist as a sport. I love how around the world we all have slightly different names for the same thing. Football and soccer is another common one. I think Glasgow is really on the up. It had a great city centre and some beautiful architecture to top it off!

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  3. I loved the footage of Glasgow, it's made me really want to visit the city now, I love how everyone in the country got behind the city for the games. Wish I'd got tickets now!

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    1. Well it's not too late to visit. I would recommend going in the summer months :)

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  4. Totally agree that the people make Glasgow! When my friend and I were there we couldn't believe how genuinely nice people were. I think we had been stuck in London for too long!! So refreshing!!

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    1. Totally. At first I was like 'are you talking to me?' and then I got used to it. The struggle was understanding the accent at times, but all good fun :)

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  5. It is great to hear that Glasgow is on the up...I too have always heard it being given a bad rap. Those photos are stunning though. I love your thistle picture <3

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    1. Thanks Holly :) I was on the look out for a thistle as in NZ, where I come from they are not nearly as pretty!

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  6. Beautiful photos!! I love how green everything is :)

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    1. Thanks Miwa. Green it was was (might be something to do with the rain!)

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