Day Three – December 9th 2005
We didnt do a whole lot as we were heading to Glasgow later on that day. We left our luggage stored in the hostel and headed to the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre, not a big Favorite of mine. It was £6.50 entry and I really would not go there again or recommend anyone to do so. You get a free glass and a small squirt of Teacher’s (blended) whiskey. You can check out the museum
This center makes the case for the Scottish national drink, whisky, by illuminating the traditions associated with its making. A film and ride on an electric car past 13 sets showing historic moments in the whisky industry are included in admission.
All you get is three crappy short movies, with little input from the guide (a talking manequin) and a 5 minutes ride on a very, very slow bumper car. Ouch.
We got back to the hostel after lunch (I had a little hangover) and walked to the train station (£5.35 to Glasgow every 15 minutes) and it takes an hour. It was dark when we got there but the tourist office there was SUPER helpful. I have been in alot of tourist offices, but they staff here were the best. Free maps, printed directions. They knew every street, every bus stop and all questions answered from nightlife to bus numbers. First impressions. While Edinburgh is a tourist destiantion with a laid back town feel, Glasgow has an amazing big city buzz, which I love. I already prefer Glasgow over kitsch Edinburgh hands down.
We decided to take the metro to Kevinsbridge in order to get to our hostel. We were staying at the Glasgow
Glasgow’s youth hostel, overlooking GSC in the elegant Park Circus area, caters for groups and individual budget travellers. The Best Hostel in Town! Glasgow Youth Hostel, situated in the heart of the historic West End of the city, offers great value quality accommodation. Fully refurbished in 2004 and awarded 4 stars by VisitScotland, the hostel is perfect for independent travellers, families, and groups. All rooms are en-suite with good self-catering facilities available. Discover Glasgow’s art galleries, glorious architecture, friendly culture, shopping and fantastic nightlife.
While there are 25-30 hostels in Edinburgh, all of relatively good standard and review, Glasgow, even though a bigger city, has 5 all with risky reputations for cleaniness, theft and security.
We got slight lost as its a minute minute walk from town. Its a really attractive area and the hostel is excellent. £13 for an ensuite quad room with amazing facilities. TV room, big kitchen, clean, fresh, hot water. While its not a party hostel, its an excellent place to stay.
We headed down sown to a place called Merhcant City
The Merchant City has been at the forefront of the city’s development from St Mungo who founded Glasgow at the Cathedral, to the eponymous City Merchants’ who built the city’s prosperity and the leading arts and cultural entreupeners now spearheading the city’s current city renaissance.
Please check out the website for the area above. You can sample the delights of the Merchant City using pdf guides whether you are a culture vulture or looking to eat, drink, shop, bop and drop the Merchant City is the place to be.
We got a very nice meal at BAR GANDOLFI
64 ALBION STREET 0141 552 6813 f: 0141 552 8911
Once part of the old Cheese Market, Café Gandolfi in Albion Street, first opened to the public in 1979. The first conversion in the regeneration of the Merchant City continues to grow with the opening of the new upstairs café-bar in late 2002. Scottish and continental beers, an eclectic wine list and the same commitment to quality and service that made Gandolfi a Merchant City institution.
We also got some drinks at a place called ARTA
13-19 WALLS STREET 0141 552 2101
Not to be missed. A glorious Mediterranean experience. Authentic tapas restaurant, opulent Main Bar, internal courtyard, two basement club rooms and the live entertainment venue, Canvas. Cocktail are £3 at all times (except champagne cocktails at £5.50), Thurs and Sun & 5-9pm every Fri & Sat. Half price pasta all night Sunday to Thursday from a selection on the a la carte menu and the pre-theatre menu is available all night Sunday to Thursday, and from 5pm till 7pm Friday and Saturday, 2 courses are £10.50, 3 courses are £12.95. Housed within the former Corporation Cheese Market. Open 5pm ’til 3am Fri & Sat and 5pm ’til 1am Wed, Thurs & Sun. Free entry wed, Thurs & Sun. Free entry before 11pm Fri & Sat. Enter via 62 Albion Street after 10pm.
A really weird place. It was opulent, in a brothel sort of way. Looks of overdressed women (described in unpolite terms by many I met), gold diggers and wanna bes. More bouncers than patrons. Seen to be believed. See their website for pictures.
Anyway, we had a pretty early night. Glasgow was buzzing though. Great city atmosphere.
Day Four – December 10th 2005
We were up pretty early and put our bags into free storage. i lost my room key. I was expecting a hefty hostel fine, but they said no proble. Great hostel. We walked down towna nd took in a city bus tour.
We caught the score of the Celtic- Hibs match that was been held today (Celtic won) and had a nice pub meal with a few decent pints thrown into the mix. They have a nice Guinness type stout here nicknamed “Heavy”.
We caught the 5ish train abck to Edinburgh. We knew where we were going (the same hostel we were in) so it took so only 10 minutes walk. We grabbed a bite to eat and headed out. Last nite and all that. We had to be up by 7am but hey it was Saturday night in Edinburgh and the place was buzzing.
The camera obscura (Lat. dark chamber) was an optical device used in drawing, and one of the ancestral threads leading to the invention of photography. Photographic devices today are still known as “cameras”.
The term “camera obscura” was first used by the German astronomer Johannes Kepler in the early 17th century. He used it for astronomical applications and had a portable tent camera for surveying in Upper Austria.
The development of the camera obscura took two tracks. One of these led to the portable box device that was a drawing tool. In the 17th and 18th century many artists were aided by the use of the camera obscura. Jan Vermeer, Canaletto, Guardi, and Paul Sandby are representative of this group. By the beginning of the 19th century the camera obscura was ready with little or no modification to accept a sheet of light sensitive material to become the photographic camera. Portable and box camera obscuras from our collection are shown on another page on this site.
The other track became the camera obscura room, a combination of education and entertainment. In the 19th century, with improved lenses that could cast larger and sharper images, the camera obscura flourished at the seaside and in areas of scenic beauty. There are several pages that features images of camera obscura rooms such as this page on US park camera obscuras from our collection. Today the camera obscura is enjoying a revival of interest. Older camera obscuras are celebrated as cultural and historic treasures and new camera obscuras are being built around the world.
Flash Animation – Flash Animation that explains how the Camera Obscura works The Camera Obscura in San Francisco – The Giant Camera of San Francisco at Ocean Beach, added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 2001 Vermeer and the Camera Obscura by Philip Steadman Sinden Optical Company – Camera Obscura manufacturer.
Some cameras obscura have been built as tourist attractions, often taking the form of a large chamber within a high building that can be darkened so that a ‘live’ panorama of the world outside is projected onto a horizontal surface through a rotating lens.