If you saw my last blog post about Edinburgh, than you already know how much I love Scotland and that I used to live there about 10 years ago for two years. More specifically I lived in Glasgow so obviously that city has a very special meaning for me as I have so many memories from living there, some beautiful and amazing ones and some not so great ones. You know, just the way life usually goes… The post about Edinburgh was much longer than this one as me and my friend spent three days there and had enough time to wander around and photograph. The trip to Glasgow was a day-trip or more something like half-day trip so we walked around the city centre, visited some places that I wanted to see again, tasted some cookies (more on that later!), had a great lunch and so on…
Not many tourists visit Glasgow but it’s such a fun city to explore and it’s very easy to have a day-trip from Edinburgh as it takes about an hour by train and trains run all day long so that’s the easiest way to visit. The city centre is much smaller in Glasgow so you can see most of it attractions in half day but there are other interesting stuff to see that are further away from the centre, like many museums worth visiting, Glasgow’s university with beautiful architecture, Pollok house and country park, Botanic gardens, Glasgow Science centre and so on… We obviously didn’t have time to visit all these places but I remember them very well from before and if you have a bit more time in Glasgow, make sure you go and check them out!
Buchanan Street is the city’s main pedestrian boulevard surrounded by beautiful architecture and some of the city’s finest shopping. You’ll find many cute little shops here as well as bigger shopping centres so it’s great for getting those souvenirs you want to take with you. For coffee and food I suggest going in one of the streets a bit further away from here as you will find some really great small cafes and restaurants. Oh but if you are in the mood for some chocolate chip cookies, I suggest getting them in Buchanan shopping centre, just look for Millies’ cookies! I have a funny story about these cookies, basically I kept craving them for the last decade of my life haha! 😀 I mean, I had many great cookies so far in my life but for some reason these chocolate chip cookies from Glasgow stayed with me all this time and believe me when I tell you that the first thing I did when getting of the train that day was dragging my friend in search of those cookies haha. And we found them at the very same spot they’ve been sold 10 years ago, ah the happiness! You might think I was disappointed but noooo, they tasted just as good so of course I made a video of me buying the cookies, ordering one of each and tasting them with the biggest smile on my face. I know, I know, those are just cookies, but those are the things I get excited about! 🙂
There are so many amazing restaurants in Glasgow and since we were in the mood for a classic dish ‘fish & chips’, for lunch we went to Gandolfi fish restaurant and it didn’t disappoint. The food was delicious, staff friendly and interior lovely. They have another Gandolfi restaurant where they serve meat dishes so that would be a good place to go for a haggis or some other typical Scottish dish.
I hope I convinced you that Glasgow is definitely a city worth visiting, it has gorgeous architecture, the city centre is quite small so you can walk everywhere and the best of all it has a really cool vibe and atmosphere. If you have more time, than I suggest taking another trip not far from Glasgow and visiting beautiful Loch Lomond where you can enjoy gorgeous nature and cute charming little villages with stone cottages and pretty little shops. I’m sure you would love it!
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Spot on..Lived and worked in Glsgae all my life .. Fabulous exciting safe fun place..people make Glasgow.
Edinburgh too snooty..lol !
I loved living in Glasgow and those two years were great fun! But I also loved going on trips to Edinburgh and other towns and most of all beautiful nature, specially Highlands that I adore! 🙂