Saturday, 30 May 2015

St Andrew's Cathedral, Glasgow, Scotland

St Andrew's Cathedral (Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St Andrew) is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Glasgow on the North Bank of the River Clyde. It was designed by James Gillespie Graham in the Neo Gothic style in 1814 and is dedicated to the Patron Saint of Scotland, St Andrew. 

The need for a Roman Catholic church came as freedom of worship had been granted and an influx of Irish immigrants created a need for somewhere to worship. The Cathedral was finished in 1816, but took longer than expected to complete as Protestants would sabotage the work during the night. The cathedral is modest in size, and has no steeple or bell tower due to restrictions on Catholic buildings at the time.

Friday, 29 May 2015

Thursday, 28 May 2015

My Travel Map So Far...

So far I've visited 5 countries since starting this blog (including my native England). Money has been tight, so haven't been able to do as much travelling as I'd have liked to. I visited Belfast recently, so will post about that soon. Only spent a day there so would like to go again as it is a beautiful place. Right now I'm trying to get all my Glasgow posts up as I have neglected the blog a bit recently!

Still a whole lot of white to paint red!

Necropolis, Glasgow, Scotland

The Necropolis, besides St Mundo (Glasgow) Cathedral is a Victorian cemetery from 1832 when Glasgow was the UK's Second City. It was built on a rather rocky hill, making it quite a hike to view all 3,500 monuments.

You approach the main entrance from the 'Bridge of Sighs' (named after hosting many funeral processions). Between the Bridge and the gates of the main entrance are three modern memorials: a memorial to still-born children; a memorial to the Korean War; and a memorial to Glaswegian recipients of the Victoria Cross.

As well as monuments to many important Scots, the cemetary also holds the graves of 18 Commonwealth service personnel.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Buchanan Street, Glasgow, Scotland

 Buchanan Street is one of the main shopping areas in Glasgow, home to many popular High Street shops and said to be the busiest shopping thoroughfare in the UK after Oxford Street, London. A must for any shopper visiting the city.

Buchanan Street

Cafe Nero

Bagpipe Buskers, Glasgow, Scotland

Buskers playing the bagpipes during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games besides the Games's mascot.

3 Queens Event, Liverpool

From 24th - 26th May 2015, Cunards three biggest cruise ships sailed across the River Mersey in celebration of 175 years since Cunard's first ever cruise liner sailed from Liverpool to Halifax and Boston. Huge crowds gathered to watch the ships arrive, berth and even perform a special 'river dance'. 

RMS Queen Mary 2 sails up the River Mersey

RMS Queen Mary 2, the largest of the three, was the first to enter Liverpool on the 24th. Hundreds gathered in wind and rain to wave the passengers as it berthed. She travelled to Brazil Buoy the next day to welcome her sister ships, RMS Queen Elizabeth and RMS Queen Victoria, before they sailed down the Mersey towards the Liverpool Echo Arena, turning to sail back to the cruise liner terminal. 

'3 Queens' turning to sail back up the River Mersey

An estimated 1.3 million watched from both sides of the river as the boats turned and the Red Arrows flew over. The RMS Queen Mary 2 left the city, whilst the RMS Queen Elizabeth berthed and the RMS Queen Victoria anchored herself in the middle of the Mersey. That night, there were projections onto the 'Three Graces' (Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building) followed by fireworks and a goodbye to RMS Queen Elizabeth. RMS Queen Victoria sailed away the following day.

Projections on the Three Graces

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