Glasgow Coat of Arms in the sun

I was out in Glasgow’s West End this morning and noticed the late February sun catching the gates of the Botanic Gardens at the entrance on the junction of Great Western Road and Queen Margaret Drive.

Glasgow’s Coat of Arms (granted by the Lord Lyon in 1866) are on the gates. The emblems on the gate relate to Glasgow’s Patron Saint, St Mungo ( that was his nickname, his proper name was Kentigern)

There is an oak tree, a bell, a robin, a salmon, a ring and Glasgow’s motto ‘Let Glasgow Flourish’ which is shortened from the phrase “Lord, let Glasgow flourish by the preaching of the word.”

The story behind theses things can be found here on the Glasgow Story website. When you’re visiting Glasgow see how many places you can see the Coat of Arms around the city.

Avenue G Glasgow Cafe

Avenue G – A Cafe specialising in coffee

Avenue G is just one of the Glasgow West End’s great cafes and luckily there are 2 branches.

The first opened in Byres Road 4 years ago and has proved to be very successful with excellent coffee, freshly made cakes & bread and soup & scones that are made in house. They also make great sandwiches and they use lots of lovely Scottish produce.

I love to sit upstairs so that I can look out of the window onto the comings and goings of Byres Road and watch the staff working below.

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And so that I can keep an eye on the baking!

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As they say themselves ‘Coffee is what we do’ and about a year ago they opened a 2nd premises The Avenue Roasting Company in Great Western Road, with their own coffee roaster. This cafe has the emphasis on coffee, although they still do very good food. You can buy their coffee beans (or have them ground) from both branches.

Avenue G coffee

 

A misty Glasgow West End morning

You’re never far from water or greenery in the West End of Glasgow. I was walking over the bridge on Queen Margaret Drive this morning to find that the mist had come up and the River Kelvin was looking very atmospheric. Sadly I didn’t have a proper camera with me, but the camera phone coped quite well.

The sun burnt through quite quickly and it’s now a gloriously sunny Winter day.