Friday 20 July 2012

Great Britain in pictures and words - Part two

Before the last round
This is the second part of my reportage from Great Britain. As I said, it will contain information and pictures from Glasgow´s West End, Partick Thistle Football Club,Edinburgh and chess related photos.
After couple of days we already had routine and while things were pretty good on the chess front we could really enjoy in Glasgow.
We both were very interested in visiting Glasgow´s West End, as it can be described as bohemian part with a lots of cafés, tea rooms and pubs.
Some of the Glasgow´s most significant sights are situated in the West End.
One of these is Glasgow´s University main building. That is not all, as my (and Michael´s) favourite football club from Glasgow is also situated in the West End, Partick Thistle Football Club.

This club is playing in second rank of Scottish Football, and their ground is quite typical for stadiums in UK.
As Rangers and Celtic are not only football clubs in Glasgow, River Clyde is not only river there, and second largest river is Kelvin. Around this river one can enjoy in beautiful parks, and Glasgow´s famous botanic gardens are also there.
Glasgow University main building is a story for it selves. I don´t know much about history of it, and I am sure that those who are interested can found a lot of information on the Internet, I only know that this complex looks impressive, and as it is situated on the hill, you have a tremendous view over West End, and especially nice view at the dusk over Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
One thing is worth to notice, that we never took a public transport and we visited all this places by foot.
On the way back to the hotel we crossed a famous and modern Arc Bridge over River Clyde.
All details you can see on the pictures.
Glasgow, West End

The River Kelvin

Complex of Glasgow University

West End

Glasgow Universiry

Kelvingrove Art Gallery
and Museum at dusk

Kelvingrove Art Gallery
and Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery
and Museum

The real club

...and the real stadium

Glasgow, West End

One of many parks in West End


The last round was played 15. July and as we had our flights from London to Copenhagen, respective Malta early on 17. July, we didn´t missed a chance to visit a Scottish capital, Edinburgh on 16. July (our train to London departed 18:40 that day).
The Central Station in Glasgow in not the only railway station in that City. Queen Street Station is situated very near to George Square and as I understood two stations are not connected (only by bus) and if you want to travel to Edinburgh, or somewhere to the North-East England (Newcastle or Sunderland) you have to take train from the Queen Street Station.
Travel to Edinburgh took about one hour and you can travel at least four time per hour.
Edinburgh was even better than I could expect. It can be easily the best place I ever visited, but to not exaggerate to much I´ll say top 5.
It is very different from Glasgow, and in a way I can say that two cities completes each other.
Edinburgh has three main parts, The Old Town, The New Town and (as every British town) West End.
The main attraction is a Edinburgh Castle, and it lays literary in the middle of Edinburgh.
We spent some time in the centre visiting Edinburgh´s Castle and than decided to visit football grounds of two Edinburgh´s most famous clubs (which buy the way has the oldest rivalry in the football history),
Hearts of Midlothian Football Club , and Hibernian Football Club.
Hearts F.C. stadium lays in West End, and for me was very interesting to see it, because my home town football club played our last European game there.
Of course Hearts F.C. and F.K. Velež Mostar played their game in 1/8 final of UEFA cup 1988 , and Scottish club won.
It is worth to mention that you can go inside of stadiums without paying for visit, and that is something which is impossible with all this plastic clubs nowadays.
After that we walked to the New Town, and visited famous Princess Street and Rose Street.
Later on, we visited some locations in The Old Town, but we could not explore it good enough because it was time to travel back to Glasgow.
A one more time we travelled all the way to the south of Britain, straight to London.
It was already half past twelve when we came to the place in Baker Street where we waited for our buses.
Our British adventure came to the end, but just for this year.
Details about Edinburgh you can see on following photos (some chess photos are included as well)
The first impression


Try to kill some tourists...

In the Castle

Castle of Edinburgh

Area in the West End

Place were Velež played our
last European game
 (for now of course)


Watching an empty pitch

Michael in his element

Some history lectures


The place where I lost Michael

Princess Street, Edinburgh

Princess Street, Edinburgh

Castle of Edinburgh

Surly, top 5!

The Old Town

On our way to...

Hibs....who cares

Michael cares!



Rose Street Edinburgh

Old Town Edinburgh

Old Town

In the Old Town

Old Town, Edinburgh

Old Town, Edinburgh

Old Town, Edinburgh

The House of Scottish Parlament

Old Town, Edinburgh

Chess related photos

Trade Hall Glasgow

Place for winner?

During chess battles

Or not!
We played
on the second floor

Thinking about
first move


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