Never been to the East End of Glasgow before and I'm pretty sure my parents never brought me here either. I decided to take a look when I saw a sign pointing to "Glasgow Green" park while hunting for interesting places to practice my photography skills.
I have to say it looks very plain arriving from the west entrance. There's the old McLennan Arch, a small playground for kids and a large open space.
Lots of long pathways lined by trees. Not many people around so far.
This one heading towards Nelson's Monument which was built to mark Admiral Horatio Nelson's death.
Looks like there's not any interesting shooting spots here... Or is there?
This is the back of the People's Palace and Winter Gardens building.
It looks very similar to the Botanic Gardens close to Glasgow University...
And so does the inside although I think the difference is it has a small selection of winter plants while the Botanic Gardens have a bigger tropical and spring selection.
Both have a nice little cafe to sit around though. I almost laughed when I heard a small group of tourists shout out happily, "Toilets!"
Nice Zen garden. Always thought Zen was Japanese but then my cousin told me it's an art that originated from China and is actually called, "Chan".
You should see raked rings and lines around the stones but obviously the kids have been ignoring the sign or the parents haven't done much disciplining ^^;
The glass architecture's great.
And things get better as I spot this round the back (or front rather) - The Doulton Fountain. Very extravagant.
Apparently this was moved from the Kelvingrove park near Glasgow University but, I remember seeing a similar terracotta fountain there too. It no longer works like this one, though. Shame.
Apparently it was designed to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee of 1887 and celebrate Britain’s Imperial achievements which is why you see the people from the following countries sculpted around it...
Lots of wide open spaces around here. Probably for events but should be fun to lazy around on warm sunny days ^^;
Also spotted a Russian-looking building further away.
Interestingly enough, only one side looked like this just like the People's Palace.
Couldn't find out what it was... Looked like the back for a new set of departments.
And moving on, we come across a place where everyone used to hang out their washing in the old days.
People can still do that these days but with a little more privacy such as in their own garden or balcony of course.
Yet another nice looking fountain - James Martin Memorial from 1873. A drinking one in fact but it wasn't working...
I remember I used to drink from the little fountains at school but eventually stopped wondering if the water was actually clean.
Go to the park at the right time of the year and you can find thesee ice-cream vans nearby. You can hear them coming through town with their little tune playing, stopping to sell off both frozen lollies and fresh ice cream from the factories.
At the end of Glasgow Green we find the St. Andrew's Bridge, one of the twenty bridges you'll find on the Clyde River Heritage Trail which takes two hours to walk one way I think.
Going any further means heading to Loch Lomond I think but that would take a long time walking.
It was getting late by the time I was heading back. Look at all the ducks all going to sleep already.
Better get going before the nastier folk come out to play... Had a few five year old children throwing stones and using profanity at me while I was minding my own business taking the last few shots. They ran off when I turned round to glare at them. Luckily they didn't hit my DSLR...
That's some encouragement for any tourists out in the evening or I was just unlucky. I think I would have to recommend Pollok Country Park over this place despite the great fountain ^^;