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  • Day4

    A wee bit cold (and windy)

    October 2, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Have been exploring Glasgow in the wind and rain. I quite enjoyed walking around Kelvin Grove

    Refer to Rozzies post if want to see more run pics from yesterday 😀
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  • Day9

    Goodbye Edinburgh, hello Glasgow

    August 21, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Den Vormittag nutzten wir, um nochmal in die Innenstadt von Edinburgh zu laufen, um das ein oder andere zu Shoppen. Nachdem wir alle wirklich gute Bagels zum Frühstück hatten, stürzten wir uns in das Gewimmel der Stadt. Wirklich erfolgreich waren wir nicht, nachdem wir in ein paar Läden waren (bis auf einen schönen Siebdruck), so dass wir uns auf den Rückweg zur Wohnung machten. Unterwegs hielten wir in einem Kiosk, um unsere Flugtickets auszudrucken - dass der Druck einer Seite 5 Minuten dauerte und Danny somit 20 Minuten auf unsere Tickets wartete, hätten wir nicht gedacht. 😁 Halb 2 starteten wir nach Glasgow und gaben das Auto ab. Unsere Unterkunft für die letzte Nacht war nahe der Uni. Nachdem wir uns ein wenig ausgeruht hatten, machten wir uns auf und erkundeten die Gegend - sahen viele Cafés, Pubs und Restaurants, Gebäude der Uni und liefen ein Stück durch einen idyllischen Park am Fluss entlang. Zu unserer Freude entdeckten wir ein vietmanesisches Restaurant und wurden sehr satt. Die Jungs machten noch einen Spaziergang im Hafenviertel. Den Abend verbrachten wir in unserer Wohnung mit Kartenspielen und Bier.Read more

  • Day2

    What time is it?

    May 25, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    This morning (which seems like an eternity ago) we landed in Glasgow. We decided to grab an uber to get to our airbnb since we were already exhausted. Our airbnb host gladly let us in early so we could drop our bags off & go tour the city until check in.

    Our hosts Imogen & George are so kind. They gave us some ideas of what we needed to see before heading out. We walked along the canal for about an hour and along the way passing the BBC Scotland and this giant science center. We continued on to the riverside museum (entrance was free 🎉) where we look around but most importantly sat down. The jet lag was really starting to kick in at this point. Our hosts told us to go to the west end to see some cool stuff but we decided to walk another HOUR AND A HALF to city centre. Yes okay i agree 2 and a half hours of walking isn't THAT bad but holy crap we were tired. Once we got to city center we were in desperate need for some real Scottish food.... MCDOS 😂

    After somewhat recharging, we walked around downtown a little bit and obviously walking up "The Style Mile"... no mom I didn't buy anything. We got to the top which I have to mention was uphill (I feel like I'm making excuses to be so tired at 12:30 in the afternoon ... as if jet lag wasn't a good enough one). At the top was Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall where there were tons of people sitting on the steps listening to a live musician singing Ed Sheeran.

    We continued to George Park Sqaure. It was absolutely beautiful. There was a statue of Walter Scott (a Scottish historical novelist, playwright and poet) where people had put dozens and dozens of flowers and notes down for the shooting that happened in Manchester the other night.

    We sat down on some grass in the shade where it was evident that we needed to get some sleep. We hit up the grocery store to grab some food for the next couple of days before taking the subway back to our airbnb. Now if you thought the Montreal metro was bad.... oh my my. Even the decor in this place was awful.

    Fast forward 4 hours & I just woke up from the best nap of maybe all time.

    No set plans for tonight but don't worry, you know I'll keep you updated 😉
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  • Day3

    Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery

    August 7, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Scotland's "most popular" gallery certainly lived up to its label, with a wonderful selection of artworks and museum pieces available for all to see, free of charge. Housed in a beautiful stone building, both Scottish and international artists are well-represented. We were impressed by the diversity of works presented - everything from a full-size Spitfire to Dali's Christ of St. John of the Cross (though the latter was on loan). We also enjoyed the creative way in which works were presented, with many examples of interactive and/or thought-provoking curation. I especially enjoyed some of the works by the "Glasgow Boys", an informal grouping of some 20 artists who flourished in the later 1800s and early 1900s. "The Druids - Bringing the Mistletoe" by George Henry and EA Horne evoked memories of Klimnt's "Beethoven Frieze", with its depth of colour and ethereal atmosphere. Amongst the Scottish wildlife section we discovered the elusive haggis. Some believe it to be a small creature with shorter legs on one side of its body so it can run around hills more easily!

    To our delight a Mrs Whippy van greeted us as we departed the museum . I discovered a local delicacy - scallop cones - scallop-shaped cones filled with icecream and lashings of raspberry sauce. Yum! Finishing our treats we headed off in search of The Tall Ship - a restored Victorian sailing ship now marine museum located on the Clyde River. Or at least that's where we thought we were headed.
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  • Day3

    Kelvingrove Park and surrounds

    August 7, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Despite our best efforts to catch up on sleep, our bodies reminded us that jet lag is a physiological process - the balance of serotonin and melatonin needs to be re-set. In other words, we still woke early. With hours to fill before our first museum visit, we set off to explore the nearby Kelvingrove Park. Established in the mid 1800s, the park is commonly recognised as the first purpose-designed and constructed park in Scotland. It offered an alternative playground for the middle class to Glasgow Green, which at that time was "unashamably working class".

    Using one of the many useful brochures provided by our AirBNB host, we followed the heritage trail through the park. Of particular note were the Sunlight Cottages, which are representatives of early 20th century philanthropic model housing erected by Lever Brothers Limited for their workers at Port Sunlight, near Liverpool. These lovely ornate cottages are quite a contrast from our state houses!

    Varous statues dot the pathway, amongst them William Thomson or Lord Kelvin (of the Kelvin temperature scale). Apparently he started university at the age of 10, was a Professor of Natural Philosophy (Physics) by 21 and published over 600 papers. Talk about over-acheiver!

    The University of Glasgow sits on a hill overlooking the park, with sweeping views of the city beyond. The compact main campus combines impressive old buildings with more modern architecture. At more than 550 years old, it's no surprise that some very well known academics have graced these halls.

    A brief respite from the light rain came in the form of coffee and delicious scones in the former Queen's Room, overlooking the very pretty herbaceous border. Replenished, we made our way to the rather majestic Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and my first glimpse at the wonderful works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
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  • Day4

    Charles Rennie Mackintosh

    August 8, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    For me, Glasgow means Charles Rennie Makintosh, Scotland's celebrated architect and designer, who became a leading figure in the Art Nouveau movement in the late 19th/early 20th century. His work is immediately recognisable with its fluidity of form and simplicity of line. He was well known for his treatment of a room as a complete "work of art". Much of his work was an artistic collaboration with his wife Margaret Macdonald. He took inspiration from Scottish traditions and blended them with the flourish of Art Nouveau and the simplicity of Japanese forms. There are still excellent examples of his work throughout Glasgow, not only in museums, but also whole buildings (such as the Willow Tea Rooms, Glasgow School of Art, Queens Cross Church and Hill House). The next few entries will highlight some of our key Mackintosh experiences.

    Our first introduction to Mackintosh was at the Kelvingrove Museum, where a large collection of works by key names in the Glasgow Style are exhibited. Amongst them are Margaret Macdonald's stunning gesso panels "The Wassail", which were made for the Ladies Luncheon Room at Miss Cranston's Ingham StreetTea Room. Tea rooms were all the rage during this period and Miss Kate Cranston was an early proponent and leading entrepreneur. The panels depict the pagan fertility ceremony of wassailing, which aimed to promote a successful fruit crop. Another beautiful gesso panel "O Ye, All ye that walk in the Willowwood" was created for the Salon de Lux in the Willow Tea Rooms. Also on display was a setting from the Chinese Room (also known as the Blue Room), again from the Ingham Street Tea Rooms. This brief introduction to the work of Mackintosh and Macdonald set the scene for the remainder of our Glasgow exploration.
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  • Day25

    Trip to Glasgow

    September 28, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    It started to rain as we left the Craigmillar Castle, a fitting last day in Scotland to make up for all the good weather we have enjoyed. Went South to catch the city bypass to minimize the potential for traffic in the city. Driving to the castle first was good to get Peter back into the swing of driving again before hitting the 4-lane motorway to Glasgow. As we swung around the West side of town, we noticed wide strips up the side of a low mountain/tall hill. Turned out to be a year around ski slope [ https://www.midlothian.gov.uk/info/200281/snowsports_centre] ! Not sure what the surface was made of, but probably more slippery if wet.

    Peter had to drive through some pretty nasty construction on the way over in the rain, but over all, the trip took just about 1.3 hrs. A bit of confusion on how to get off the M8 motorway, but GPS brought us finally back to the hotel. Lucky for us, the room was ready at the hotel and we were able to off load the bags before finding gas and returning the car. We were happy to turn in the car, now letting the taxi in the morning do the driving.

    The guy who checked us in was very nice and when Peter found the key to last night's room still in his pocket, the Eurocar counter clerk found us an envelop and stamps so we could mail it back to Kingsley B&B. One more thing checked off of our departure list. Walked back to the hotel for a cup of tea and to repack for the two bottles of scotch we are allowed to bring back.
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  • Day26

    Ready to leave

    September 29, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    How we traveled...one suitcase each and one backpack with my green sack purse. Luckily I didn't have to carry my backpack with all of the books and camera gear too many times. In the end we were able to squeeze in the two bottles of whiskey without leaving anything behind or using the expanders.

    We took rain pants but weather was good enough that we didn't have to use them. When it did drizzle, we had rain coats and Diane used one of two pachimals for rain or wind protection. Diane never needed to use the fleece pullover.Read more

  • Day2

    Arrived in UK

    September 5, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    Well, we were hoping for a great flight, which for the most part it was. New airlines now have a pelefera of movies to watch while in flight. We may have had about 3-4 hrs of sleep with a meager breakfast.

    Nearing London, we ended up circling for 0.5 hrs while we waited for weather to stabilize. Then as we thought we were going to land, the plane pushed full throttle an went around for another try. We found out later, that the plane was unable to achieve full flaps and was required to run thorough an emergency checklist to land with alternate checklist without full throttle....of course, we only heard about that after we landed.

    We were able to figure out how to finally transfer through Heathrow, but by the time we landed, we had already missed 2 flights. We were able to get on a flight about 1330 instead of the first 9.:50 flight. We ended up dozing to Glasgow but finally made it to the town of destination. We tried to pick up an UBER, but without a local telephone nuber we were unable find a ride, so we ended up with a taxi to the hotel.

    Hotel is okay, Looks like the bath is updated, but the carpet is in need of upgrade as the matress. That did not stop us from sleeping more than 12 hrs when we finally laid down to sleep. But before that, we walked to the West to try to find a store to pick up a chip for our unlocked phone. However, they pointed us to the East end to St Enoch's square. We hopped on the subway, found a chip and then found a small pub for a beer and appetizers before we found our way back to the hotel. We ended up having a glass of wine at the restauarnt below th hotel with a shared pizza.
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