We have just returned from an amazing two week adventure in Scotland, I am going to approach this with blog posts that cover day by day, starting with our arrival into Glasgow early on Monday July 8th.
With the jet lag and general exhaustion from a long day/night of traveling, the first day is typically a wash for us when traveling internationally. We did do a little better this trip, mainly due to having friends in Glasgow that we had not seen in a while and that we were eager to visit with. Landing early in the morning and lucking up with our hotel, the Crowne Plaza having a room ready for us on arrival, meant that we could get freshened up and changed and still make lunch with our friends. I found a great rate on a suite at the Crowne Plaza and can highly recommend it, very spacious and comfortable and access the the club lounge was great for breakfast and afternoon snacks.
Our friends live in the West End of Glasgow which is home to the University of Glasgow, the Kelvingrove museum and botanic gardens which are really great places to visit for a slower paced, relaxing day.
We started off with a walk through Kelvingrove park and lunch at the Ubiquitous Chip, which had loads of atmosphere, including a glass roof (I saw a lot of these on this trip and loved them, it’s a shame Florida is too hot for them) and and an airy two story dining room. I had my first taste of Scottish salmon with an open face sandwich that was so tasty, I also had my first order of chips, mmmmmmmmm……..
After lunch we visited the Botanic gardens of which the highlight is a 19th century greenhouse filled with beautiful tree ferns.
Our day pretty much wrapped up after this, well we did have some super amazing doughnuts from Tantrum Doughnuts and takeaway pizza, so the evening wasn’t a complete loss. I wish I would have had the energy to visit the University but I am confident there will be future trips back to Scotland.