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Glasgow City

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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 😀

  • Day118


    October 2, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅

    Last day in Glasgow today so rain or shine we planned to take the Hop-on-Hop-off bus. It didn't rain but we were chilled to the bone sitting up on the top deck. Picks of the tour included the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow Cathedral, Glasgow Necropolis, the oldest house in Glasgow, and the People's Palace. Of particular interest was artwork on several buildings by an Australian street artist, Sam Bates. One depicted Mungo, Glasgow’s patron saint born in the 6th Century, in modern-day clothes holding a robin which supposedly he prayed over and revived after it was wounded.Read more

  • Day1


    August 13, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅

    Der erste Tag ist immer etwas Besonderes. Uns blieb viel Zeit zum Frühstücken, Packen und Loslegen, da der Flug erst kurz vor 6 uhr abends startete. Ryanairs neuste Strategie zur Gewinnmaximierung liegt darin, selbst für die Sitzplatzauswahl Geld zu verlangen. Somit landeten wir durch Zufallsgenerator in vier verschiedenen Reihen. Doch wie es der Zufall wollte, konnten wir uns doch immerhin jeweils zu zweit setzen, da niemand mit seinem Platz zufrieden war. 2h später waren wir auch schon da. Eine kurze Busfahrt in die Stadt, ein kurzer Fußweg zur Unterkunft und um 20 Uhr Ortszeit bezogen wir unsere kleine zweistöckige Wohnung, welche durchaus großzügig und offen wirkt. Der Hunger trieb uns zu "handmade burgers", was früher offensichtlich ein Kino war, und der Durst danach in die "schilling brewery". Man war das lecker! Da fällt es fast schon ein bisschen schwer, dass es morgen früh direkt auf die Piste gen Norden geht!Read more

  • 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

  • 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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  • Day13

    Now that's a cathedral!

    October 3, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    To combat the effects of holiday eating I was up again this morning and straight out for a walk to explore the local environs.

    This morning's fat-fighting safari was to Pollok Country Park. Normally this is where you can view the Burrell exhibition, but that's being refurbished at the moment, so I was denied. Still, it's a lovely park and worth a visit.

    After breakfast we headed north with Jean's uncle and aunt and cousin to the city of Dunblane. Most kiwis may recognise this name because of the school massacre which occurred there in 1996. Fortunately the place is now better known as the home of Andy Murray, the sometimes successful tennis player. It is also home to a very impressive cathedral, which began life as a Catholic cathedral, but it was knicked by the Presbyterians after the reformation and has continued to be a protestant place of worship ever since. Whichever hymn sheet they're singing from it is still a beautiful and awe inspiring structure. which is over 750 years old.

    Prior to roaming the town and visiting the cathedral we had a very refined lunch at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Hydro. This very sophisticated hotel overlooks the city. Fun fact, although Dunblane is not very large it is still classified as a city because it has a cathedral. Thanks 5th form history, you saved me again.

    After a relaxed couple of hours wandering the ancient lanes of Dunblane we got back on the motorway and negotiated Glasgow traffic, which is beginning to rival Auckland's, back to home base in Glasgow.

    Tomorrow I'm hiring a car and heading North to Inverness to catch up with an old friend. Can't wait! :)
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  • 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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  • Day12

    Paradise is calling

    October 2, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    What a great day in Glasgow. After a morning run and breakfast I was asked the question by Jean's aunt, 'Do you want to go to Celtic Park?' I'm not sure if I replied verbally, but I do know that my head was nodding back and forth like some demented bobblehead toy. So the decision was made and we set off across Glasgow.

    Arriving at the stadium I took a moment to soak in the majesty of where I was before we wandered closer and I popped my head in the door to ask if they had a museum. The answer was no unfortunately, but they did have a stadium tour and the next one was starting in five minutes, result! Almost throwing my money at the guide in excitement we headed up the lift and embarked on the tour around Paradise. This included stops in the boardroom to see some of the trophies Celtic have won and listen to the history behind each, spending time in the home dressing room, going down through the players tunnel to pitchside, sitting in the home team dugout and enjoying the view from the VIP seats, including Rod Stewart's.

    After savouring the atmosphere we adjourned to the players lounge for refreshments and to gather strength before my assault on the Celtic Superstore. I had to show incredible restraint here, as we still have two weeks of travel to go, but I did buy a couple of Celtic shirts and some Celtic chocolate. I could have filled a truck with all the Celtic goodness available, including a dog collar emblazoned with the immortal line 'You'll never walk alone', which dogs also find very comforting.

    After a full and memorable two hours we jumped in the car and headed back into town for dinner with all the rellies and their adorable Scottish kiddies. A full on Glasgow accent coming from a five year old is pure gold.
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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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