Sunday, November 15, 2009

Scotland: Museums ...

My third day in Glasgow was another amazing experience. I hopped back on the City Tour bus and went to a couple more places that I didn't get to yesterday. So what did I find...the answer Art and interesting information about Glastonians!

First, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum was such a cool and fascinating museum! They have just about everything and as I mentioned it was interactive.

Two of the my favorites (like Sandra)I really liked "The Annunciation" which is the intimate work of Italian master painter, Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510). The fine detail is embellished with the use of real god for rays of light, representing God's grace. I also liked the works of Henri Matisse and I also know that Maria mentioned Salvador Daili to me and so I stopped to take a look at one of his works called Chirst of St. John on the Cross. It was amazing.

Today was incredibly gorgeous and there were blue skys most of the day for me to enjoy.

Today I went to the Gallery of Modern Art, the People's Palace, the City Chambers and St. George Square and enjoyed every moment.

John McClean said of his work . . . "My paints are a song to color."

While on tour I made a friend who was also taking the tour. He was from India and was here on a business trip. We kept bumping into each other so decided to just buddy up ... there was one funny moment. While I was preoccupied with taking photos of the People's palace he yelled out because the bus was coming so I high tailed it back! That was exactly what my friend had to do with me when we were on tour back in 2005! Here's a photo of the People's palace with a little Winter Garden in the back.

I had such a fun time here. Thank you Glasgow and all you friendly Glasgonians! I had a blast. And tomorrow morning I head for the Highlands! Whoo Hoo!!! I've been so looking forward to this part of my trip.

I won't have any internet until I reach the Isle of Skye where I know my hotel has free wi-fi! Sorry, I won't be able to post live about my Road to the Isle experience and my first look at the beautiful Sands of Morar. But I promise to catch you up in a few days. Thanks again everyone for leaving comments and reading my blog. Have a great week.


  1. I also love the different interpretations of the Annunciation. I think those were my favorites in the Uffici in Florence. The one by Botticelli looks beautiful also. They always have such beautiful use of gold.

    I laughed at your story about your buddy and him helping make certain you didn't miss the bus. Great guy!

    Have a wonderful time in the Highlands. Maybe you'll come across free wi-fi along the way - otherwise I'll look forward to your next post when you arrive on the Isle of Skye.

  2. Kathy, so glad to know you are having a wonderful time! Not that I expected anything else, you have such a positive, open outlook. :)

    (Sorry I'm so late checking in, I've come down with the flu and have been a bit out of commission.)

    Glasgow sounds far more interesting than I'd imagined. I guess it must get overshadowed by Edinburgh in the travel literature. The St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art especially fascinates me. And that Botticelli is so very lovely, I would be drawn to it too. Funny deja vu with the tour friend and the bus coming!

  3. safe travels - just remember - look LEFT!

  4. A day of great art sounds like so much fun! That Botticelli is just exquisite, and Matisse is one of my all-time favorite artists. Glad you found a buddy from India to keep you safe! Can't wait to read more from the Highlands and the Isle of Skye!

  5. I am really enjoying reading about our Scotland adventures!

    Thank you for sharing them with us.

  6. Kathy, that's a gorgeous version of The Annunciation!

    What an action-packed day. And isn't it fun to meet other travelers?

    I'm looking forward to your reports from the Highlands. Hope you're having a wonderful time.

  7. Have a great trip to Skye. Anxious to see what you have to say about it. We thought long and hard when we were planning our trip.
    But just couldn't find a way to fit it in.
    I'll be enjoying it through your eyes.

  8. Hi Marta, Anne, M, Annie, Nancy, Sandra, Deborah and everyone taking the time to read my blog . . .

    Thank you so much for your kind comments and interest in my experiences. I didn't realize that my hotel in Arisaig has free wi-fi! Yay, so now I can keep write my blogs....afterall it's not like there is a huge night life here! LOL! It's such a pretty little village town and the hotel people are really super friendly, but in the dark with rain and piercing win I am enjoying relaxing for awhile. I will hopefully be able to visit everyone's blog soon now too. Miss reading everyone's happingings a lot!

    I didn't have internet in Fort William so I thought I'd start with that first, then I'll work my way to Arisaig (before I move on to Skye). Let's just say I saw my first Highland Sheep and Cow sighting....but more on that later!

    Thanks again!

  9. Kathy,
    It sounds like you are having a great trip. I also like the different Annunciation representations. Your photos are great, and good buddy to have to make sure you get on the bus.

    Have a great trip, can't wait to hear about the Isle of Skye.

  10. Yay for blue skies!! What fun to meet a friend. I would have done the same thing (missed the bus). Good thing he was paying attention for you!

    Very cool Botticelli. I also love Matisse. There is a cool Matisse museum in Nice that I visited during my first trip to Europe.

    Oooohhh, a Highland Sheep and Cow sighting! Did you get any good photos?

  11. Your day at the museums sounds really exciting. What a nice surprise to see a Botticelli Annunciation. I also like Matisse and how cool to see Dali's Christ of Saint John of the Cross.

    It such a surreal representation of Christ on the cross. I read some time ago that it was voted in a poll Scotland’s favorite painting.

    I’m really enjoying reading your entries and feel as we are all traveling with you. Thanks for taking us along!

  12. Hi Girasoli, yes I was very fortunate that he was looking out for me. He was a nice guy.

    Hi Candi, thanks so much for your comments. I'm so glad you enjoyed my photos. Skye is awesome!

    Hi Maria, wow that is interesting that the poll said it is voted as the favorite of Scots. I immediately thought of you when I saw this painting because of your comments liking his work. It is a very beautiful piece. It's really large to and the perspective is so interesting.

    Thank you so much everyone for all of your comments and for taking the time to read my blog.


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