Gorgeous Glasgow - Part Two



Hello again, I hope you're ready to be taken on the second part of our Glasgow adventure? 

A surprise highlight for me was our visit to The Riverside Museum Of Transport which is located a little out of the town centre but still accessible by subway or the tour buses. I had an Alice In Wonderland moment on this very comfy sofa outside! The striking modern architecture of the building is the first surprise, the huge array of 3,000 objects inside is the second! Wow, I am no petrol head but I had the best time wandering around the cars, trains, bikes, trams and more! There is even a recreation of a Victorian high street with a photography studio, pawnbrokers and even a pub. Take a look at the pictures to see just a glimpse of their amazing collection, it would be the perfect rainy day trip as little ones would love climbing on all the trams and trains....(I know I did!)










Next stop was the Botanical Gardens which is in the west end of Glasgow, we took a taxi from the museum because it was raining but it is walkable too. Founded in 1817 by Thomas Hopkirk is provides a tropical green oasis in the busy city, separate glass houses for differing collections of plants, the carnivores ones (below) for example, and a more rainforest type environment with towering banana leaves and palms. It was lovely and quiet when we went so we could have a  calm wander, but it would be a great place to bring a picnic too! The orchid and cacti collections would get any botanical enthusiasts drooling, lots of varieties to enjoy. 









The last museum of our trip was The Hunterian which is housed on the University of Glasgow campus. Founded in 1807 the collection is Scotland's oldest public museum and has been recognised as a Collection Of National Significance. There is a huge selection, plenty of pickled anatomical delights (so perhapes not for the squeamish!) as well as fossils and taxidermy. In their own words:

"Built on Dr William Hunter’s founding bequest, the collections today include scientific instruments used by James Watt, Joseph Lister and Lord Kelvin; outstanding Roman artefacts from the Antonine Wall; major natural and life sciences holdings; Hunter’s own extensive anatomical teaching collection; one of the world’s greatest numismatic collections; impressive ethnographic objects from Captain Cook’s Pacific voyages and a major art collection."







We toasted our final night in Glasgow with delicious sake martini's and sushi at Nippon Kitchen (the one on the left is green tea and the right one was lychee, mmmm!) It really was a fabulous few days exploring this city, everyone was so friendly and I really felt at home, don't let past stereotypes put you off spending time in gorgeous Glasgow!

Next we're off to the lochs!

Thanks for reading,

Katie

Gorgeous Glasgow - Part One




Ahoy there! I have just returned from a brilliant Scottish adventure week, which we kicked off in gorgeous Glasgow! Despite hearing mixed reviews from people initially, I really loved this city and would highly recommend a visit to all, a couple of days at least. There are plenty of lovely independent shops, cafes and restaurants to suit any taste or appetite. The museums were so wonderful I could have been lost in them all day, and none felt too packed full of visitors so you could happily meander in your own time. The Subway (otherwise known at the clockwork orange) is tiny but efficient, cheap and absolutely impeccably clean - on the whole Glasgow made London look rather grimy, fact! We stayed at the Apex Hotel which was right in the centre of town, making it a great hub to easily to get around day tripping. The staff were friendly and the rooms were very comfy, our city view room gave us a great view across Glasgow and meant we were away from street noise.

This GINORMOUS pile of food from from our first dinner at Bread Meats Bread - definitely one for the meat lovers among us! The beef brisket was amazing (no i didn't eat it all!) and Dave and the Lamb Shank Redemption burger, also a hit! Why bother with Five Guys or other chains when you have a friendly, passionate place like this! A very good start to proceedings! 



The first day was spent wandering the amazing Kelvingrove Art Gallery And Mueum  which was the favourite part of the trip for me, such a wide range of fascinating exhibits from ancient Egypt to taxidermy, dinosaurs to Mackintosh panels, planes and floating heads (scroll down to see what I mean!) Compared to how hectic some big museums can be in the summer holidays, this was a delight! you could get up close to all the exhibits, and they even had a recital on an organ in the main hall to set the scene! 














It was a brilliant morning, we stayed for lunch and then headed off to The University of Glasgow (4th oldest University building in the world!) We hopped on The Clockwork Orange (Look how clean!!!) and was there in 10, the University's architecture is absolutely stunning, hence why it was chosen to be the setting for Hogwarts in scenes from the Harry Potter films - do you recognise it? The cloisters are a world famous feature, they are imposing and I couldn't resist striking my first day at Hogwarts pose! It was a Uni open week so the guides were very friendly in helping us find our way around - I was very jealous of those freshers! 











Thanks for reading and I hope I'm doing Glasgow justice! Back for Part Two very soon!

Katie

Five Happy Things In August







  1. Attending a gorgeous Art Deco themed wedding at Botelys Mansion
  2. Whipping up a trusty Mary Berry Victoria Sponge for my Uncles Birthday
  3. Pub lunch and stroll with my Grandad in Shamley Green
  4. Toasting marshmallows in the garden with some of my favourite people
  5. This little guard dog! Peekaboo!