Along the River Clyde, in one of the Quays in Glasgow, is this modern convention center, it functions as a concert hall, and has a great modern look, both inside and outside, again evoking the the Newcastle Quay. As congress hall, was a success throughout the year after we found events that dominate the five wards that are there in this room, from medical to automotive fairs. As a concert venue, it is even better. Here we find not only the best concerts of Scotland, but also in the UK, a clear reflection of the spirit of this city at the forefront of culture in Scotland. I recently had the good fortune (one of my dreams) to attend a concert of Crosby, Stills and Nash (which in Spain would be impossible), but to put other examples of illustrious artists who have passed through here this year, I will mention Leona Lewis, Crowded House, Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rodgers or Paul McCartney among many others. If you're in the area, definitely check the venues listings, as there may be an artist on who you have always wanted to see.
In Scotland there are plenty of whiskey factories and most offer a guided tour to take you through the processes of production and maturation. We chose the Auchentoshan Factory as it was close to Glasgow, returning from the North Lochs. Admission was 5 pounds/person and included a glass to taste at the end. First it was explained that barley is processed outside the factory because it's an expensive process and takes up much space. They receive it and then fermented it in water, producing around 60% alcohol. You see the caves and try the strange liquid, which remains there for a week. It's then distilled to obtain a level of purity and lower alcohol. The wooden barrels in which the whiskey ages are always second-hand, for example served to Jerez. The whiskey is about 10 years old for a normal bottle and up to 60 years for more expensive bottles. But there's a point beyond which it no longer changes. The tour ends with a whiskey tasting.
A surprise awaited me in Glasgow, namely a monument dedicated to La pasionara. From the monument you have great views of the river and the city. Regardless of your political leanings, you will not be able not to take photos. Apparently the sculptor was a communist who wanted to pay tribute not only to La Pasionara but also the soldiers of the International Brigades.
In one of the most modern areas of Glasgow, next to the Convention Centre (SECC) is the most modern bridge of the city, forming a cross bow from curb to curb. The bridge, which opened in September 2006, was part of the council's plans to modernize the area near the River Clyde, that flows through the old industrial area of Glasgow, and replaces the old Kingston Bridge. It definitely brings a touch of class to an area that will be in a few years of the busiest in the city, but like almost everything in Glasgow, the name of the bridge is unusual, as though its official name is Clyde Arc, locally it is called Squinty Bridge. Glaswegians will deny it, but it looks very similar to the bridge in Newcastle.
Built in 1988, at the time of the Glasgow Garden Festival, this is a footbridge that connects the two banks of the River Clyde, with the Convention Center at one side and the Crowne Plaza Hotel at the other. Its design was innovative for the 80's, but the most interesting thing about the bridge is its name. It was sponsored by Bell's Whisky, and because the company donated a lot of money to its construction, it was named after the drink. Not the most glamorous name, perhaps.
The Willow Tea Rooms in Sauchiehall Street are a great place to admire the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh over a traditional British tea break. The menu has affordable prices, and offers a wide variety of food, from sweet to savory, and the best tea you'll drink in your life! Downstairs the decor is a mix of blacks and colors, and upstairs in the Deluxe Room, you'll find shades of silver and lilac. The cloutie dumpling with custard is to die for!
This old musical hall is a good example of the city's golden age, home to vaudeville and silent film screenings with live music. An amazing place hidden away on a side alley, it is open Wednesday to Saturday from 12 to 5.