Hierdie is die LitNet-argief (2006–2012)
This is the LitNet archive (2006–2012)
Paul Murray - 2010-05-21
Glasgow in March is as cold as Cape Town in the heart of winter. There’s nothing better than soul food to warm up the inner linings of your stomach. In the aftermath of the snow and crisp air, popping into this or that eatery to view the different places, read the menus and meet some folk gave rapid insights to the friendliness of the Glaswegians. And what better a place to go than Byers Road in the West End of the city! It’s an exciting city to explore, with plenty to do and eat. www.seeglasgow.com
Figure 3. The Scots enjoy their Scottish heritage, and the different colours and patterns of their garb are dazzling.
For a wide range of beers, ales and whiskies there’s Tennents on Byres Road. It has been there since the 18th century – and the history behind it will fascinate the history sleuth. It was here that the Highland drovers rested their beasts and refreshed themselves before making their way to the market in Glasgow. In 1884 it became the place where novel draught was first brewed. So each time you down a beer you are drinking history. A mass invasion by placard-carrying women in the ’70s enabled them to be served and enjoy their ale alongside their male counterparts.
Figure 4. Tennents, established in the 18th century in Byres Road, Glasgow
And while you’re out shopping ... The book stores are of the old-fashioned type – you have to look hard for what you want to read!
Figure 5. Bookshops off Byre’s Road. The books are very cheap in the second-hand book stores.
Figure 6. Plenty of fruit and veg shops with fresh produce. And plenty of delis.
A little further down from Byres Road, towards the River Clyde and very much in walking distance, is Kelvin Grove, the National Art Gallery of Scotland; it is well worth a visit to view the splendid works there. It’s a day’s visit by itself. Go to source.
Figure 7. After viewing art at the Kelvin Grove Gallery, pop into one of the many café’s for tea and cake.
Figure 8. Glasgow is as much a cultural centre as a culinary gem. The university dates back to the 15th century; here are some of its buildings. It was an important seat for religion – many of the Scottish ministers were trained to become dominees in the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa, a prime example being the Rev Andrew Murray, the founder of the Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa.
Figure 9. The Rev Andrew Murray, founder of the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa. Photo source.
After a great deal of walking, browsing and sightseeing the main business of eating when in this part of Glasgow will be difficult to avoid, and on the cards is the perfect haggis. It is a braw dish and you do not want to look at the ingredients if you plan to enjoy your meal. Made mostly out of cheap ingredients it is a most tasty dish. The Scots traditionally sit down and enjoy a haggis on St Andrew’s Day (Andrew is Scotland’s national saint) and Burn’s Night (named after the poet Robbie Burns).
Figure 10. A haggis, one of Scotland’s traditional dishes. Enjoy with traditional Scottish ale brewed in the time-honoured style.
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