#PrincessaPetra x #LauraLazar – #Muse & #LePetitIndigent in Glasgow
My esteemed audience,
For your kind information, my Scottish adventures are not yet completed – I have many more fascinating legends to share with you all. I find it hard to keep it simple because I enjoy writing so much.
The act of writing is a relaxing method to invest myself creatively in doing what I love, which is expanding my knowledge and perfecting my English skills. It is the most resourceful opportunity I have found to keep track of my progress in all areas of life through time.
It must be that introvert aspect of my Gemini personality that is outshined through this particular creative endeavor, but I find much confort in expressing myself by the power of the written word.
Writing is, nevertheless, one of the most effective tools of manifestation – just think about it – because even though I am reflecting on my memories, I am symbolically rewriting my past in the same time, which also conditions how I will present the memories in the future.
And that is by all means true – a solid proof the past, present and future exist in the same time, a fact scientifically proven by Quantum Physics, although my mind is not searching for evidence, but rather sensing information with my soul.
My fascination for the extraordinary is so deep that I avoid demystifying it – I just trust my intuition when I feel something is right.
As solemn as it might seem, I will invest my spiritual legacy further in the upcoming Grace posts, as soon as I complete my mission with proof of my vision towards the majestic value which visiting Scotland added to my life.
We will start this new journey with “just a few words” about Glasgow.
Glasgow is world renowned for its art, architecture and culture, with more than 20 museums, most of which offer free admission to the general public.
It hosts three world class universities within a three mile radius and over 90 green spaces throughout the city which explains the Gaelic meaning behind the city’s name: ‘dear green place’.
Let’s just start with the beginning, without debating any further which one was first, the egg or the chicken – our very first stop in Glasgow was the imposing Glasgow Cathedral, a medieval cathedral with an active Christian congregation in the church of Scotland.
Glasgow Cathedral, also called the High Kirk of Glasgow or St Kentigern’s or St Mungo’s Cathedral, is today a gathering of the Church of Scotland in Glasgow.
The history of the cathedral is linked with that of the city, and is allegedly located where the patron saint of Glasgow, Saint Mungo, built his church. The tomb of the saint is in the lower crypt. Walter Scott’s novel Rob Roy gives an account of the kirk.
Mungo, was an apostle of the Scottish Kingdom of Strathclyde in the late 6th century, and the founder and patron saint of the city of Glasgow.
Mungo’s mother Teneu was a princess, the daughter of King Lleuddun (Latin: Leudonus) who ruled a territory around what is now Lothian in Scotland, perhaps the kingdom of Gododdin in the Old North. She became pregnant after being raped by Owain mab Urien according to the British Library manuscript.
Her furious father had her thrown from the heights of Traprain Law. Surviving, she was then abandoned in a coracle in which she drifted across the River Forth to Culross in Fife. There Mungo was born.
In the Life of Saint Mungo, he performed four miracles in Glasgow. The following verse is used to remember Mungo’s four miracles:
Here is the bird that never flew
Here is the tree that never grew
Here is the bell that never rang
Here is the fish that never swam
The verses refer to the following:
The Bird: Mungo restored life to a robin, that had been killed by some of his classmates.
The Tree: Mungo had been left in charge of a fire in Saint Serf’s monastery. He fell asleep and the fire went out. Taking a hazel branch, he restarted the fire.
The Bell: the bell is thought to have been brought by Mungo from Rome. It was said to have been used in services and to mourn the deceased. The original bell no longer exists, and a replacement, created in the 1640s, is now on display in Glasgow.
The Fish: refers to the story about Queen Languoreth of Strathclyde who was suspected of infidelity by her husband. King Riderch demanded to see her ring, which he claimed she had given to her lover. In reality the King had thrown it into the River Clyde. Faced with execution she appealed for help to Mungo, who ordered a messenger to catch a fish in the river. On opening the fish, the ring was miraculously found inside, which allowed the Queen to clear her name.
In spite of Glasgow Cathedral’s dramatic dark stone gothic aspect, it gave me quite an atmospheric feeling that my visit was warmly welcomed and accepted, mostly because of the local staff having large smiles on their face.
I always rank the places I go by the kindness of their staff and how their presence and job performance complements the vibration of the place they represent.
The staff was very kind indeed therefore I felt inspired to choose a little souvenir from this refined gothic cathedral of such an imposing significance for Glasgow – a cute ladybug pin, to add up to my symbolic pin collection consisting of a Royal Crown received as gift in Jordan and the Unicorn purchased at Stirling Palace.
Of course, the ladybug pin came with an emotional legend of its significance for Scotland due to a miracle: a military boat crew was saved in a battle by a ladybug which they did not kill at the advice of a fellow comrade.
Of course, in order to maintain the spiritual outlook of its symbolical meaning, I feel divinely compelled to add a few worthy mentions regarding the splendid little insects, also called the “Beetles of the Lady”.
It is from the British tradition that ladybugs may have gotten their nickname, some sources mention.
The story goes that during the Middle Ages, farmers’ crops were being decimated by small insects.
They prayed to the Virgin Mary for assistance, and then, ladybugs appeared to help quell the number of pests attacking the crops.
The farmers associated the beetles with the Virgin Mary’s favor, at first calling them the “Beetles of Our Lady,” which was then shortened to “Lady Beetles,” and finally “Ladybugs.”
They believed the red shell of the beetles represented the cloak of the Virgin Mary, and the spots denoted her seven joys and sorrows.
No wonder I felt an instant attraction for this particular souvenir out of the many refined options present in the gift shop, all worth investing in.
My impressions of Glasgow might not as enthusiastic as those coming from visiting Scotland’s castles mentioned before, just because it is an industrial city, but that doesn’t mean it is not a marvelous city to visit. I would definitely have spent more time discovering its cultural offerings but we only had a few hours reserved for it on the first day and last one of our journey. Enough time to be wonderfully surprised by its Cathedral, Museum and University though. Moreover, the shopping stores and malls did not thrill me at all, I was rather disappointed I had nothing to invest in which would fit my personal style, in spite of Top Shop and River Island designated stores.
We did find a nice Italian place to have my favorite Fish and Chips on our first day, where the waiter was a nice Romanian lady who was very excited to speak with us. I actually had a local restaurant in mind at first, an old pub looking tranditionally vintage, but they were expecting a large group of people to have lunch the time we were planning to dine, therefore the service would have been delayed and we couldn’t afford that because of our meeting hour with the group.
The Fish and Chips served in the Italian restaurant was delicious for a first (I also chose the restaurant because it was busy, therefore the food and service must be good), but I was rather charmed by the Italian espresso which came along a glass of water, as it is normally served in restaurants and bistros which particularly respect the culture and tradition of coffee, and a Scottish tablet.
That was absolutely delicious!
I drink my coffee with no milk, nor sugar, so you can imagine how spectacular it tastes if you take a sip of a dark espresso and then a bite of this traditional Scottish confection made from sugar, condensed milk, and butter, boiled and allowed to crystallize. It tastes like pure pleasure!
We have returned to Glasgow the last day of our voyage for a more elaborated trip around the town and more spare time to invest in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum the University of Glasgow, the fourth-oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland’s four ancient universities.
Along with the universities of Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and St. Andrews, the University was part of the Scottish Enlightenment during the 18th century.
The University of Glasgow was founded in 1451 by a charter or papal bull from Pope Nicholas V, at the suggestion of King James II, giving Bishop William Turnbull, a graduate of the University of St Andrews, permission to add a University to the city’s Cathedral. It is the second-oldest university in Scotland after St Andrews and the fourth-oldest in the English-speaking world.
The University of Glasgow was the first university in Europe to divest from fossil fuel companies in October 2014. The 12-month campaign was led by the Glasgow University Climate Action Society and involved over 1,300 students. It’s motto is “Via, Veritas, Vita” – “The Way, The Truth, The Life”.
Many distinguished figures have taught, worked and studied at the University of Glasgow, including three Prime Ministers, William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman and Bonar Law.
Alumni of the University include seven Nobel laureates, such as: Sir Derek Barton, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Sir James Black, winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine, John Boyd Orr, 1st Baron Boyd-Orr, biologist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Sir William Ramsay, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Frederick Soddy, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Alexander R. Todd, Baron Todd, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Sir Robert Geoffrey Edwards, awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
In its generous Gift Shop I found myself a fabulous treat – the Books of the Dead from Egypt, Tibet, the Americas and beyond, by Stanislav Grof, a Czech psychiatrist, one of the founders of the field of transpersonal psychology and a researcher into the use of non-ordinary states of consciousness for purposes of exploring, healing, and obtaining growth and insights into the human psyche.
It is definitely going to be an extraordinary read, especially since I was saving it to savour along the Egyptian Book of the Dead – Papyrus of Ani, a very rare edition I finally traced translated in Romanian, which took several weeks to purchase.
How curious is the fact that I just found a plastic bag with 7 golden coins in the parking lot of my block when I was walking my dog, Happy?
It only has a code and RA02 and 196 written on a little label.
Curiously, angel Angel Number 196 is a message from your angels to trust that the most suited and appropriate career choice or interest will present in your life, and your angels encourage you to take up the opportunity. Even more interesting is that RA02 is a User Profile Additions and Modifications Form for UK’s NHS CRS Applications.
Most importantly, RA is the Sun God in Egypt, one of the most revered God of the Ancient Egypt. When I come to think about it, this curiously synchronistic event has happened right after I turned my face to the Sun, thinking of how warm it is and how lovely it shines over my skin.
If this isn’t a mind blowing synchronicity in the context of University of Glasgow and my dedication to studying (what I love), I don’t know what is.
These being said, my blog post would not feel complete without my famous intriguing facts section dedicated to Glasgow, in order to introduce you to its complex grandeur which goes beyond the two representative places touched down and now addressed because of my highlightened interest.
Glasgow has more than meets the eye, as you will shortly discover equipped with just enough patience to complete my dedicated blog post:
The first international association football game was played in Glasgow in 1872 at the West of Scotland Cricket ground and was between Scotland and England. The match ended in a 0-0 draw.
The Gaelic translation of Glasgow is ‘green hollow’. Spelled Ghlaschu in gaelic, the city’s name literally translates as ‘green hollow’ – ‘ghlas’ meaning green and ‘chu’ meaning hollow. The use of green is apt, given the cities many green parks, including Kelvingrove, Alexandra and Victoria.
Fossil Grove in Glasgow’s Victoria Park has trees that are twice as old as dinosaurs. Eleven extinct fossilised trees date back 330 million years to a time when Glasgow’s climate was warm and humid.
Bishop’s Castle used to dominate the city centre. Glasgow still has its medieval cathedral – but did you know that the Bishop’s Castle once stood to the left, on the site of the Royal Infirmary? All traces were demolished in 1792.
Glasgow’s underground railway system, often referred to as the ‘Clockwork Orange’ because of its colour, is the 3rd oldest underground railway system in the world.
Glaswegian artists are miraculous. Since Douglas Gordon won the Turner prize in 1996, five Glasgow based artists have picked up the prestigious prize.
This has been referred to as ‘the Glasgow Miracle’, following the coining of the term by art curator Hans Ulrich Obrist. Simon Starling, Richard Wright, Susan Philipsz, Martin Boyce and Duncan Campbell have all won the prize in the last twenty years.
Glasgow has the oldest surviving music hall in the world. Dating back to the 1850s, the Britannia Panopticon was buried behind a shopfront and rediscovered in 1997 – complete with rivets on the floor, said to be hurled at acts that the Glasgow audiences were less than keen on. Entry is still down a lane and up a stairwell, until volunteers get the funds to bring it back to its former glory. Stan Laurel (of Laurel and Hardy fame) made his debut there in 1906.
Glasgow was rated the top place for concerts in the UK outside of London, with eight venues in the Top 100 list of places to watch gigs.
They’ve got the longest bar in Europe… Drury Street establishment the Horseshoe Bar’s ornate Victorian bar is officially the longest bar in Europe, measuring 104 feet and three inches.
…and the tallest cinema in the world. Cineworld’s purpose-built Renfrew Street branch is the tallest cinema there is.
With 18 screens and six floors, up to 663 people can enjoy a film at the towering picture house.
Glasgow Uni moved a staircase brick by brick. The University of Glasgow as we know it was built in 1870, but before that, students attended lectures on the High Street. The famous Lion and Unicorn Staircase that now leads to the University chapel was constructed in 1690 and moved stone by stone to the West End from the original High Street location.
The University of Glasgow’s Hunterian Museum was built in 1807 and is Scotland’s oldest public museum. The museum has a large collection of art and scientific relics including the world’s first-ever ultra sound machine.
The city chambers contain more marble than the Vatican. The Glasgow City Chambers boast more marble than the opulent Vatican City. The lavishly decorated council building even stood in for the home of the Catholic Church in film Heavenly Pursuits. It cost £578,232 to build the Chambers in 1889 – the equivalent of £40 million today.
Saint Valentine’s remains are located in the Gorbals. The Church of Blessed St John Duns Scotus on Ballater Street houses the remains of St Valentine. A wooden box labeled ‘Corpus Valentini Martyris’ was given to Franciscan friars by a French family who collected religious relics in 1868.
The tallest fully rotating structure in the world is in Glasgow. Glasgow Tower holds the Guinness World record for the tallest structure in the world that is capable of rotating 360 degrees. At 127 metres, the tower is also the tallest building in Scotland.
Thank you for your time and patience to discover my adventures in Glasgow – it is highly appreciated!
I am looking forward to capturing your wandering attentiobn and involving you soon in another fabulous virtual journey accross Scotland.
Up next: Edinburgh – with the mystical apparition of Hazel – the Owl, Saint Andrews with its fabulously romantic atmosphere and best fish and chips in the country and one of most prestigious universities in world and a splendid Halo-Win Glory To The Holy edition dedicated to Rosslyn Chapel.
Your beloved Majesty,