Thursday, September 27, 2007

House for an Art Lover

Back to Glasgow for the afternoon, spending most of my time at the House for an Art Lover, its very good cafe/restaurant and the adjacent Walled Garden. As mentioned in my previous Glaswegian blog entry, this house is a continuing project to realise a set of plans by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

By the River Clyde is another of Norman Foster's armadillo-shaped auditoriums. The Glaswegian model is metal to Newcastle's glass Sage.

The nearby Clyde Arc or "squinty bridge" also evokes the winking Newcastle Millennium Bridge. My Garmin satnav couldn't evoke anything like it, with this year-old road-bridge being conspicuously absent from the 6-month old maps I have installed. Glasgow also appears to have altered or created a whole new one-way traffic system within the city centre. (Meanwhile, in Pembroke, Alison punches the air: "yay to paper maps!")

We stayed overnight close to Loch Lomond, about a half hour northwest of Glasgow.

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