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Thursday, and even futher North.
The drive out from Cimorene's to Glasgow was wonderful, over the tops (and, luckily, no problems on a complex and 'no overtaking' road) and onto the M6 through Westmorland, and then into Scotland, stopping at the glorious Tebay services where we picked up cheese and biscuits and chocolate. Our only 'what the fuck?' moment came in trying to get off the motorway to the SECC and the Crowne Plaza hotel, where we left it to Hermione, our satnav, who came up trumps.

The Crowne Plaza is a favourite hotel, set right next door to the various buildings of the SECC and right across the Clyde from Pacific Quay, the Glasgow Science Centre (plus Imax) and the disused Prince's dock.

It is an absolute joy for lovers of modern architecture.

Armadillo in the Green

The above is the Clyde Auditorium, designed by Foster Associates and known, affectionately, as 'the armadillo.'

Armadillo Edges

It's a building I love. Then, right next door, is the Hydro, a concert hall, and another excellent Foster building. The two shapes work superbly together.

Curves and Angles

Across the river is a complex consisting of the Glasgow Science Centre, the Imax cinema attached to it (both by Building Design Partnership who respect the Foster buildings on the other side of the Clyde) and the Millenium Tower.


Imax Curve

Galsgow Tower Reflection


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Norman Foster is one of the few modern architects I really respect.

Great town, Glasgow!

I have been fond of Glasgow ever since we went there for another SF convention (an Albacon, not an Eastercon, and at the Central Hotel over the station) many years ago, and stayed over as a holiday and did all the sights and museums.

First visited about twenty years back when I met himself who comes originally from Stirling, so he wanted to show me his part of Scotland. :o)

These are lovely pictures - and I particularly like the armadillo!

It's incredibly photogenic.

The Lumix DCM-LX7 was specifically bought to photograph architecture (as well as macros and interiors.)

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