I belong to Glasgow,
Dear Old Glasgow toon,
But there’s nothing the matter with Glasgow
Because It’s going round and round.
I’m only a common-or-garden chap,
As anyone here can see.
But when I have a couple of drinks on a Saturday,
Glasgow belongs to me
I’m a city boy, always have been, always will be, and am going back to one of my favourites.
Edinburgh, or Embra as we say in Scotland.
But what of the others, I’ve been keeping you going with my top cities so here we go again:
Washington DC: Four score and seven years ago (well, three years in my case) I fulfilled a lifelong ambition by visiting the US capital.
It’s still to be beaten for me as an American city.
The Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King Memorial, the Washington Monument.
All the Smithsonians, and particularly the National Museum of African American History and Culture https://nmaahc.si.edu/splashify-splash and the National Museum of the American Indian https://americanindian.si.edu.
Arlington https://www.arlington.ie, the Kennedy graves, Robert E. Lee’s house, Frederick Douglas’s house. Oh, and the Capitol https://www.visitthecapitol.gov and the White House https://www.whitehouse.gov too.
I’ll be back… and I was
My former colleague and still my pal, the office PA, Rebecca, is in Rome and asked me for some pointers.
Well, she’ll know the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, the Forum, the Spanish Steps.
St Paul’s Basilica, the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel.
But she should try out the Capuchin Crypt where the bones and skulls of dead monks were used to build the three altars. Now that’s eternal.
And before Rome there was Athens
An old relic… and the Acropolis
Socrates was here and so was I and two very helpful taxi drivers who got me here after I was late the first time… a case of Acropolis Later.
Athens is beautifully chaotic which is why I feel I belong there, there where you can get stuck in a restaurant lift for half an hour.
And walk in on an elderly couple post-coitus because the rooms were mixed up and the manager sends you up a couple of bottles of wine as an apology.
And the crossroads – Istanbul
The crossroads of Europe and Asia and where I’d planned to get engaged 25 years previously.
On the Bosphorus where I made up for last year.
On a boat cruise with me singing along to Abba’s Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy (A man after midnight) and my pal did his Dancing Ian.
And, of course, the Hagi Sofya, the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, whirling dervishes and the hamam where Florence Nightingale and Kate Moss went (https://www.cagalogluhamami.com.tr.
Harbour of my dreams
Valletta, a safe betta
I’m going to have to put this in as it was Malta where I actually did get engaged. I’d bent down to tie my laces and she yelled ‘Yes’.
The harbour is the most beautiful in the world… my survey and you should sail between the islands.
And Valletta’s Fortifications and the Caravaggio in the St John Co-Cathedral.
And tomorrow, five more from Northern Europe.