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  • Day4

    Last day

    August 13, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    Dinner last night at Bar Square, back in Merchant Square - lots of card games played in between courses, great hilarity usually resulting. Warm night. This morning saw us packed up, checked out of Fraser Suites and seated for brunch at the delightful Gandolfis Café by 10am. Boys thoroughly enjoyed their Scottish breakfasts! Friendliest place ever. Then I was allowed a quick visit to the Willow Tea Rooms shop on Buchanan Street before we caught the 11.37 train south by the skin of our teeth. Brief stops at Crewe and Bham international, then home.Read more

  • Day3

    Day trip to Auld Reekie!

    August 12, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    So Andy presented the boys with an interesting idea yesterday, which they ran with... Instead of mooching around Glasgow's shops and parks for another day, let's go over to Edinburgh and see the Castle, the Royal Mile, Princes Street Gardens and the Scott Monument. We hadn't factored in the flooding from a torrential storm which battered the Eastern half of the country and left lots of train services cancelled, so it took us a bit longer than anticipated to get there, but we triumphed. Should've packed hats as yet again the forecast completely underestimated the weather. Did all the above, plus lunch in the Elephant Café, souvenir shopping for whisky (Andy) and medieval weaponry (Thomas), and best of all was a meetup with Margaret, Mike, Kevin and Elliott.Read more

  • Day2

    Bus tour 2 and Buchanan Street

    August 11, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    The university is soooo beautiful, really gothic and impressive, with beautiful new buildings and parks surrounding it. Lucky students. Bus ride took us through West End and via lots more interesting sites and home to George Square, in sunshine! Had rest at the suite, then out again to view Buchanan Street properly. So impressive. Dinner in Merchant Square (unfortunately with headache spoiling my appetite) at lovely, slow Italian place.Read more

  • Day2


    August 11, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    We got off the bus for a stroll through the gorgeous Kelvingrove Park, played pooh sticks, saw the back of the museum, then walked over to Sauchiehall Street for a Subway lunch. Back through the park and a game of eye spy before the bus came.Read more

  • Day2

    Bus tour 1

    August 11, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    Dinner last night at Café India (next door to our apartment which was handy given it was showery when we emerged) was a mainly delicious curry, made all the better by games of Sh'ed and a waiter who loved listening to our perfect English accents. Much-needed 12 hour sleep followed.
    This morning we walked through Merchant Square to George Square, bought our tickets and boarded our tour bus. It was pretty cool but dry, so we sat up top and all really enjoyed the audio voiced by Neil Oliver. Round our own area, and the Cathedral from yesterday, then out along the attractions alongside the Clyde.
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  • Day1

    20000 steps!

    August 10, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

    Made the most of our first day here by walking all over this bit of the city. It's dry so far... Don't think that's going to last. Managed to check in early at Fraser Suites, unpacked, ate our sandwiches, did a wee food shop and set off. Lots of interesting things to look at en route to George Square, the Cathedral and the Necropolis, finished off by much-needed drink at Gandolfis.Read more

  • Day18

    Last day in Brussels

    August 22, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Another fantastic day in this amazing city - I had no idea it was so grand. Stumbled upon the phenomenal Courts of Justice up a street lift and bridge whilst looking for the Royal Palace and Parc de Bruxelles. Popped into the parc but it was disappointing, apart from the ice cream opportunity it afforded. Palace, however, was fabulous- free to go in, fabulously ornate, and with a couple of temporary exhibitions; one reasonably interesting, about moon-related stuff, and the other a completely brilliant collection of interactive science installations. We spent ages there! More impressive buildings on the more direct route home. Lunch was Belgian waffles ... Dinner was back to the same place for meatballs, spaghetti, omelette and salad.Read more

  • Day17

    Brussels part 2

    August 21, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Covered a lot of ground and got very hot today. Found the Mannekin Pis, then metroed to Atomium. I was very brave ... And it was interesting and worth the effort, in spite of the queues. Also included in ticket price was Adam, the Design Museum, full of plastic furniture etc. from last 60 years. Lots of very cool pieces. Fell into bed on return, and fortunately revived sufficiently to order takeaway to eat on our balcony and watch some of Independence Day. Finally I went out alone to join the crowds in the Grand Place by night- magic! Yet our hotel is really quiet. Perfect.Read more

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