I look back fondly on my eighteen months of living in Glasgow (2006-07). It was long enough to get to know and like the city, with all its idiosyncrasies, but not long enough to get fed up with it (the horrible tap water aside).
One of my favourite general areas, I think, is the area immediately to the east of the city centre. From the glam shops and eateries of the spruced up Merchant City to the tacky, crumbling buildings along Argyle Street or around Glasgow Cross, or from the haunting history around the necropolis and ancient cathedral to the flashy new builds that have sprung up in recent years, the area really is a mix.
With the past and future jostling awkwardly for space (spoiler: the past is losing badly) and the area boasting some often overlooked highlights, there’s a whole lot more character to be found than in many other better-frequented parts of the city.
I spent a number of days in this area for work a few weeks ago, and was able to nab one or two free moments to explore with my camera.