The Liquid Gold "Usquebaugh" or Whiskey, the world-renowned food, stunning architectural history of Charles Rennie Machintosh, free entry museums and galleries, ease of transportation, the Style Mile offering designer finds to high street brands, breathtaking landscapes around in the form of isle of Arran and Loch Lomond,a train away from Scotland's capital Edinburgh; Glasgow is a friendly, stylish and exciting city packed with hidden Surprises in the city and around. Recently named by TripAdvisor as "Travelers Choice Destination on the Rise", Glasgow is all set to host the Scotland's biggest party next year. As Scotland welcomes the world with Commonwealth Games 2014, there is no better time to visit.
"1.5 Billion Global Audience,1 Million Tickets, 250 Medal Events, 15000 volunteers from all over the world,6500 athletes,1044 staff employed,71 nations and territories,40 venues,17 sports and you" - Said the head of Commonwealth Games 2014.The games will take place over 11 days of competition from 23rd July to 3rd August 2014.Sir Chris Hoy,is a national cycling star, winner of Gold at Manchester 2002 and Melbourne 2006 is the ambassador for the Commonwealth Games.23rd July 2014 is when the opening ceremony will take place in Celtic Park displaying drama, grace, strength and skill. Like all previous Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014 has fair and simple application process and the cost for the games start at 15 pounds. Half price tickets are also for under 16 and over 60 starting from 7.50 pounds. The ticketing starts from tomorrow 19th August and will be open till 16th Sept and you can book your tickets from here:Glasgow 2014 Tickets
What started as a sporting competition in 1891 bringing together the member states of British Empire, the first official games was held 39 years latter in 1930 under the name Empire Games in Hamilton, Ontario. They have been called the Commonwealth Games since 1978.What started off with 4-5 sports has now 17 sports on offer. The Commonwealth Games takes place every 4 years. The last Commonwealth was held in Delhi in 2010.While Delhi had Archery and Tennis among the various sports, Scotland has Triathlon and Judo in place of these 2 sports as they are more popular in Scotland.The Queen's Baton Relay is a much-loved tradition of the Commonwealth Games,which will start on 9th Oct 2013 at Buckingham Palace and will then depart to India and will travel more than hundred thousand miles visiting all 71 nations and finally ending the celebration at the ultimate destination - The Opening Ceremony At Glasgow.
My recent visit to Scotland "One Year To Go Commonwealth Games" event in July opened my eyes to the side of Scotland I never knew before. The city was lit with sparkle in everyone's eyes, the enthusiasm reflecting from the music on the streets to their actions on road. I also got a chance to meet the cute and green Clyde "The official Commonwealth Games Mascot". Glasgow 2014 will be celebrated in much larger scale across the city it will definitely be a live carnival of sorts. With the celebrations resonating with nickname of Commonwealth Games "The Friendly Games", here's a quick Photoessay on why Glasgow next year:
The Games & The Festive Spirit:
The Glasgow "One Year To Go Commonwealth Games" celebrations
Sir Chris Hoy is the brand ambassador of Commonwealth Games 2014
The whole city was abuzz with music,random performances and festive spirit
Hampden Stadium is Scotland's National Stadium and one of the venues among 40 venues
The Architecture,Art,History and Design
The buses from 1957 are still running on the streets
The museums which are creatively themed,and has free entry
The architectural yet modern designs from Mackintosh at Glasgow School of Art
The Landscapes,Luxury and Adventure
The rainbows with the seaplanes,cruises and a perfect romantic setting at Loch Lomond
Coupled with horses,trekking routes,sparkling greenery and luxury spas
The yummy Haggis you wouldn't find anywhere in the world!
Haste Ye Back, if I have impressed you enough. Because this is a land like no other, and it has now opened its arms to everyone welcoming the world in its own fun and unique way.
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