It’s been a while since I did a Photo Friday post, and it’s been hard to build up the motivation to look through travel photos when we don’t know when we’ll ever be able to travel again, let alone with everything that has been going on in our lives personally.
On that note, I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who commented on my last post or reached out. It’s probably the most personal I’ve got on here, and it was written at the end of one of the toughest weeks of our lives. Tonight, we will be drinking rum & coke, and Brewdog Punk IPA in memory of our dear friend Chris.
In this post, I decided to stay a bit closer to home with our neighbouring city of Glasgow. Before we moved to Edinburgh, and with the exception of my mandatory shufflings through Aberdeen on my way in and out of Orkney, Glasgow was always my most visited city in Scotland, whether it was to visit friends who disappeared to the city for university, or to see countless gigs. (Whenever bands do a “UK” tour, their only Scotland date, if they have any at all, is almost always in Glasgow – in fact, one of the first gigs Ash & I ever went to together was Green Day at the SECC.)
The thing is though, I’ve never really visited Glasgow as a tourist. I’ve barely written about Glasgow on the blog, which is one of my biggest oversights. Before lockdown, I started planning out a Glasgow post, but of course despite it being less than an hour away, we haven’t been able to visit to be “tourists” since, which means there are still too many of the “must-see” sights that I haven’t seen yet to be able to write about it.
I have, however, taken every opportunity in the past year or so to find more and more street art in the city. It might surprise you to learn that Glasgow is one of the best cities in the world for it – in fact, there’s an entire dedicated mural trail! And more and more is popping up all the time (I’ve made a new list of ones to look out for next time I’m there).
The first one that I made the effort to see was the famous St Mungo mural, and it’s even better in real life than it is in photos. It’s just stunning!
But if you think that’s good – you’re in for quite the ride in this post! Here are many, many more of my favourites.
Speaking of St Luke’s…
Excuse the lighting – there’s an annoyingly bright light above it! St Luke’s is AWESOME though – it’s a pub inside a church, with a live music venue too. I was indeed there for a gig.
And last but not least… probably my favourite one that I’ve discovered so far!
What’s your favourite?
Mine is definitely the bubbles, along with the magnifying glass one (“Honey I Shrunk The Kids”) and of course St Mungo. I also love the pirate girl – I stumbled across that completely by accident, as I’m sure I will many more!
I have at least five more “big murals” on my list to search for, let alone all the little ones I’ve stumbled across down alleyways. In fact, there’s a really cool one of a guy playing guitar (#24 on the mural trail) which I’ve seen and DEFINITELY remember taking a photo of, but I can’t find it anywhere – so I guess I’ll have to “stumble across” that one again! (Especially as another cool one has popped up round the corner from it – #31 on the trail) I also remember taking a photo of #16 (“Dr Connolly I Presume?”) so I’ll need to try to find that too, or take another one on my next visit.
And let’s not forget the ORIGINAL Glasgow “street art”:
I do not remember a time that the Duke Of Wellington didn’t have a traffic cone on his head. And sometimes the horse does, too! Weirdly, this is probably the most famous landmark in Glasgow, which just about sums up the humour of the place.
(Side note: someone put a traffic cone on the Sir Walter Scott monument in Edinburgh a few months ago. It was gone by the next day. Booo!)
As much as I love Edinburgh, Glasgow certainly has the edge on street art, as there’s hardly any in the capital. Hope these pictures have brought a bit of colour and cheer at a dark time, and that you are all doing well.
Where’s some of your favourite street art?
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