A Tale of Two Cities

Discussion in 'EDI/GLA | Central Scotland Area Airports' started by Prospero, Feb 5, 2011.  |  Print Topic

  1. Prospero
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    They may be only 40 miles apart but Glasgow and Edinburgh could not be more different. Edinburgh, the capital and home of the Scottish Parliament, has an ancient and dramatic history, symbolised by its magnificent castle. It is generally perceived as beautiful but slightly staid (except during the Edinburgh Festival when like an elderly aunt, loosens its stays, it shows the world how to party)

    In contrast, Glasgow, Scotland's largest city, only began to grow in the 11th Century. It is essentially a Victorian industrial city that flourished in the 19th Century, becoming the second city of the British Empire. Unlike Edinburghers* whose origins are Pictish, Saxon and Norman, Glaswegians have an Irish-Celtic background. For many years Glasgow suffered badly from a negative image as a run down, violent place, full of slums. But with typical resourcefulness it has cleaned itself up (literally and metaphorically) and set about showing the world what it has to offer.

    There is an intense rivalry between the two cities - perhaps inevitably - because they are so different. Edinburgh folk tend to speak of Glaswegians are being brash and common, while Glaswegians see those in Edinburgh as snobbish and unfriendly. There was also much controversy when it was decided to berth the former Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith (with which it has no connection) instead of the Clyde (where it was built).

    It is probably this very rivalry, however, that helps to make each city so vibrant. Neither can be accused of resting on their laurels. Both cities have much to offer the visitor, with excellent museums and galleries, historic architecture, flourishing arts and stylish bars and restaurants - all surrounded by countryside of stunning beauty. Getting there is easy, as they are both well connected by road, rail and air. And while Glasgow and Edinburgh may be very different, they are both proudly Scottish. So make sure you don't mistakenly refer to England when you mean Britain. You won't be popular in some quarters.


    *Unlike Glaswegian, Mancunian, Liverpudlian etc., citizens of Glasgow, Manchester, and Liverpool, there appears to be no definitive name for citizens of Edinburgh. There are references to Edinburger, Edinburgher, and Edinburghian. (Source: University of Edinburgh)
     
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    What about adding PIK to this forum as well?
     
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    Is it possible to collect miles or points flying in/out of PIK? [​IMG]
     
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    In my short stay last year, I thought both cities were wonderful. Also the train trip from Aberdeen is breathtaking.
     
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    I've only been to GLA once but to EDI more often. Both places definitely have something to offer. EDI is more about tradition and ancient stuff. GLA to me is more a modern place. Loads of art and lovely concerts all over the place.
     

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