It’s official – Christmas has come to Glasgow. Twinkling lights and reindeer grazing in shop windows are grand but the Christmas markets return to Argyle Street clearly announces the festive season. And I’m loving it.
Argyle is now filled with inviting huts and a mixture of alluring aromas.
Bratwursts, burgers and churros smothered in Nutella call my name.
My lunch break has become a glorious stroll through endless choices – curry, paella, Thai tasty treats and more. And there’s no need to stress about gifts when I can pick-up handmade delights my friends and family will adore from the stalls. One for them…one for me.
Taking it all in is truly wonderful – folks bundled in coats and scarves enjoying the spectacle of it all. People watching at its best. Sigh – all is right with the world.
And after work who can resist the tempting allure of a mulled wine? Or perhaps I’ll treat myself to a little cup of warm joy with a Baileys vanilla latte. If only all life’s decisions were as delicious.
Oh so beautiful Glasgow…
Glasgow is brimming with so many wonderful galleries. Outside the biggies, there’s ample inspirational exploring to be done – much of it free.
If you’re in the Merchant City area, you should definitely check out Street Level Photoworks.
This tardis-like gallery may look small from the outside but boast two big rooms full of thought-provoking pictures. Even if some of the thoughts are, what is that exactly?
They’re also home to the Jill Todd Photographic award winners until 7 December. Definitely worth checking out, especially because each winner is so incredibly different.
Third place winner Cliff Andrade’s work is hugely personal, exploring his family’s migration. It’s almost like peering into his private photographs.
Ingvild Melberg Eikeland’s second place pictures are absolutely beautiful, bursting with colour and capture the essence of the Grand And Royal Canal residents and community during a time of change.
But my favourite – and incidentally this year’s winner – is Frank McElhinney’s intricate aerial photographs of the River Forth. A truly beautiful journey of discovery.
Street Level offers up an eclectic selection of work. So go on, fill up your mind with beautiful thoughts through intriguing images.
Lost your head? Find it at the Kelvingrove Museum.
I love Glasgow. The architecture, the hustle and bustle of Buchannan Street, the parks from Victoria to Kelvingrove. But I can’t imagine how my great love of this city would have developed without being able to see it. Until now.
Terra Incognita, run by Artistic Director and theatre practitioner Victoria Beesley, has been working with a group of volunteers with sight loss and visual impairment to create a unique walking tour of Kelvingrove Park.
Glasgow from a different view
Through a series of weekly workshops, these amazing tour guides have explored their relationships with Glasgow – the smell, taste, feel and sound of the city; highlighting a side of the city that most of us may miss. And now you can experience this unique perspective through their walking tours.
The tour guides have a range of experience from Frank, a professional musician; Kathy, an experienced midwife, Emmanuel originally from Nigeria and Joseph who has lived in the Gorbals all his life.
This Saturday join them in Kelvingrove Park to experience the walking tour for yourself. Tickets are free but you need to book. And if you can’t make the tours in-person, an audio tour of the walk will be available listen in the Arches Foyer from Monday 10 November.
These amazing insightful guided walk and audio tours are brimming with history, personal stories and let you experience Glasgow in a totally different way.
Check it out if you can!
You have been warned…
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When you discover something amazing, you should share it. This is especially true for good food.
The Juice Garden on Renfield Street wins Glasgow’s best sandwich. Actually that’s not totally true because it’s not just one sandwich, it’s a wide variety of deliciousness.
Their awesome avocado, falafel-filled Moroccan magic and oh-mega tuna are all absolutely heavenly. And that’s just the beginning – there are loads of other perfectly formed sandwiches to choose from. Even better, these tasty sensations are packed with nutritious goodness.
And as the name suggest, they also do an impressive selection of juices, shots and smoothie shakes. Today’s fav is the botanical boost juice – but sherbet lemonade and blue banana are also on my must try list.
Healthy is the new sexy
The Juice Garden says healthy is the new sexy and they’ve got the juice to prove it. From detoxifying to skin boosting or slimming down, their health and beauty drinks will have you looking and feeling fab. And if you need a little pick-up-up, try one of their juice shots.
It’s also a really lovely hang out – literally. Relax in their hanging circular chair or plunk down on the comfy flowerpot seats.
Don’t fret if you’re not in the city centre because these sexy sandwiches are also coming to the West End soon.
So go on, treat yourself to something scrumptiously good.
What are you going to do with your extra hour today?
Eat something delicious at Once Upon a Tart on King Street.
Glasgay 2014 kicked off this week and is also celebrating its 21st birthday. There’s still time to check out their exciting programme on till 15 November. And that’s what I’ll be doing.
Eat, art and a dash of sport
I’m going to start by combining two of my favourite hobbies – eating and art. I’ll add a little sport for good measure.
First up a visit to Rose and Grants Café for their delish Goat’s Cheese salad with a calorie-free dessert in the form of the Sporting Heads exhibition. The enticing showcase looks at the rise in sportsman come outing in recent times like Tom Daley and Gareth Thomas.
If I can manage a ticket, I’ll be getting down and dirty with the “Pope of Trash” and legendary filmmaker John Waters when he talks about his new book This Filthy World Vol 2.
His impressive back catalogue includes Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, Cry-Baby and Polyester – and for one night only he’ll be wowing at the O2 Academy on Friday 14 November. If I don’t get tickets, I’ll catch the 11:15pm showing of Cry-Baby at the GFT.
I’ll be finishing up my Glasgay celebrations at the CCA when Cryptic presents These Delicate Things by Josh Armstrong.
The perfect combination of art and classical music in the most unexpected and invigorating way.
There’s a huge selection of LGBT events and performances – truly something for everyone. So, go on – check it out.
Big city. Big sigh. Heart melts… quiet and beautiful.