This section of the city is an example of 18th Century town planning.

The Merchant City East of George Square is a grid-plan of streets known as Merchant City.

This area used to be a center of trade and many of the Tobacco Lords built elaborate mansions here.

This important waterway gave Glasgow access to world markets and helped it become an important seaport and manufacturing hub.

In the 1800s Glasgow was known as the workshop of the world—one in every three locomotives in the world as well as a large number of the world's ships were manufactured in Glasgow.

In recent years, Merchant City has again become a center of trade and it is now a fashionable residential and business address.

It still looks a little shabby in places which are yet to undergo redevelopment, but stylish bars, hotels and restaurants abound and there are plenty of exclusive shops to flex platinum credit cards in, not to mention the prestigious Italian Centre.Travellers wanting to venture a little further can take the coast-to-coast drive (a little more than one hour) to Glasgow's rival city, Edinburgh.Although they're only 75 km away from each other, Scotland's two largest cities are worlds apart and have a rivalry that stretches back more than 300 years—possibly starting over a loaf of bread.The frequent drizzle tends to blur the distinction between seasons, but summers are typically wet and winters can be cool and overcast. Glasgow is a huge, sprawling city with a river running through it.Given a comfortable pair of shoes, it's possible to walk from the west end, through the center, north-east to the medieval area, down through the east end and over one of the many bridges to the south side in only a few hours.Visitors can join the Glasgow Fair (which has been held every July since the 1190s), or attend festivals for traditional Celtic music, jazz, film, comedy, visual arts or pride.