Oh the joy to return home, no matter how long I've been away, wherever else I've made my home, when I return to the city I grew up in I always feel grounded and back where I belong. We booked a traditional tenement flat in the west end which was a stones throw away from my old flat so it was definitely a nostalgic trip down memory lane. We booked an Airbnb and I cannot recommend it enough, beautiful flat in an ideal location, (2 tv's, never considered that this was important but with teens it proved to be essential and yes we took the Xbox with us, parenting 101).
Places to visit
Being based in the west end meant we could walk everywhere, one of my favourite routes is to walk down Byres Road towards Dumbarton Road to the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, located in the grounds of Glasgow University, further along is the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, you can spend hours in here but let's just say the teen boy is not an art lover, so a quick whiz round, take in the "Christ of Saint John of the Cross" by Salvador Dali and then we're out, back in the October sunshine, yep no rain how lucky were we? VERY!
The other half boring the kids with his tour guide, either that or he's just pointing out Brew Dog across the road, later kids we'll go there!!!
Once out the art gallery turn left and you'll stumble into Kelvingrove Park, where there is a skate park and kids play area, it's also just a lovely park to wander through with the river Kelvin running through it. Glasgow comes 2nd in the list of green space cities in the UK, only out done by Edinburgh, curses!!!
We exited the park at Gibson Street, where there is plenty of coffee shops, we carried on past Glasgow University and back down onto Byres Road for lunch, with 6 of us to please, we grabbed a take away from Pret and headed along to Botanic Gardens. Once fed and watered we wandered in and out of the various greenhouses, Kibble palace is the beautiful wrought iron 19th century glasshouse.
As someone who likes everything circular, including her walks we headed back up Great Western Road, cutting through to Dowanhill, yes please I want to live here, the architecture of the buildings is just breathtaking. Finally we're back on Hyndland Road, just time for one more coffee and then home.
In the evening my daughter and I had prebooked to go and watch "A Star is Born" at the tiny Grosvenor Cinema, you can buy a drink at the bar and take it with you, it is tucked away in Ashton Lane which in the evening just looks amazing lit up with fairylights.
Having to make amends for making the teen boy walk and go to an art gallery, the next day we headed into the city centre, this was going to cost me. We walked to Byres Road where we caught the Hillhead subway, which is affectionately known as the clockwork orange, due to the colour of the trains. Don't panic this is nothing like the London Underground it has an inner circle and an outer circle and all the trains stop at all the stations, so if you get on the wrong one it will just take you slightly longer to get there. Ten minutes later and we alighted at Buchanan Street, let the fun begin, there is pretty much every store imaginable, Glaswegians like to shop.
To make the most of your shopping experience head down Buchanan Street (pop into Princes Square) and then onto Argyle Street, turn up onto Queen Street, if you're male and interested in street fashion pop into Fat Buddha, it's awesome. Continue along to The Museum of Modern Art, it's ok by this time the teen boy had been to JD Sports made a couple of purchases and had a sausage roll at Greggs, so I was allowed to go and ogle the Andy Warhol print, quickly. When you come out straight in front of you is Ingram Street where you will find lots of designer stores including Cruise, End Clothing, Ralph Lauren etc. etc. Glasgow is famously built on a grid system so getting lost is quite difficult, maybe that's why I like routes that you can finish where you started, I've got a feeling I might to.
Places we ate
Cafezique - We had a really relaxed, delicious evening meal here.
66 Hyndland Street, Glasgow, G11 5PT
Kaf - The other half decided to score his flat whites on our trip away and Kaf came out top and the chocolate brownie was made by baking angels.
5 Hyndland Street, Partick, Glasgow,
Traditional Neapolitana Pizza but get there early, it was queued out the door when we were leaving.
And of course Greggs, where we shared a scotch pie and ate it in the drizzle, it felt good to be home.
Places we definitely want to visit next time
Finnieston - This area has been reinvented and is now the place to live, eat, drink and be merry.
Rawnchy Desserts - I have avoided refined sugar for a year now (I know boring, even my family hate me) but it's so good to discover places like this where you can go and have a guilt free treat.
58 Maryhill Road, Glasgow G20 7QB (next to St. Georges Cross Subway station)
Colab - Interiors coffee shop that I won't miss the next time.
11-13 Dowanhill Street, Glasgow, G11 5QS
Platform - Street food market held every weekend in the infamous Arches, 12pm - 10pm Fri-Sat, Sun 12pm - 6pm
253 Argyle Street, Glasgow
Yep! Next time I'm just going to eat my way round Glasgow, can't wait.