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19th April 2008

We managed to get up and on the bus for 9.30 which I thought was amazing for a Saturday morning. We had packed very light so walking around with our stuff was surprisingly easy for us, bearing in mind we were only going to be in Glasgow for 2 days. Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland, and the third most populous in the UK, so you can imagine it is quite a bit different to Edinburgh, what strikes you as you exit the bus station into central Glasgow is the modern architecture of the buildings and the city, missing are the giant monuments, churches and cobblestone streets that we are growing accustomed to!
After fuelling ourselves with a Starbucks, we were armed with our map and bottle of water we set off thinking there was no way we could get lost when we have only travelled an hour on a bus and hadn’t even left the country. So we went on a hike to find the Glasgow Green, south of the city centre. After walking for a while and not seeing a park we thought we must have missed a turn, but then we spotted some greenery in the distance and lo-and-behold we were in a park. After wondering around a bit we didn’t see any of the attractions we had expected, butt he day was nice and we thought we should enjoy the out doors anyway. As we pulled out the map to figure out how to get anywhere touristy, we realised we had somehow ended up in Kelvin Park in the west of the city (other side of the map)! But this meant we got to see the Museum of Transport in the Kelvin Hall which is one of the most popular museums of transport in the British Isles, attracting half a million visitors a year. Founded in 1964, it houses many exhibits of national and international importance. The museum uses its collections of vehicles and models to tell the story of transport by land and sea, with a unique Glasgow flavour, and it has a real Thomas the Tank Engine! Being on this side of town also lead us to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum opened in 1902; the museum is one of the finest civic collections in Europe. Here you can explore collections that include everything from fine and decorative arts to archaeology and the natural world. The number of individual items in the natural history department alone is vast. You can admire Sir Roger the Elephant or wonder at 300-million-year-old fossils of marine life from the Glasgow area.
As we headed back along the route to town, we stopped off for a subway for lunch before heading down Sauchiehall Street, to the hostel. We found our hostel on the south side of town, but where too early to check in, so we went for a little explore of the area, and found we were right next door to St Enoch’s shopping centre! We found the light house building which has been refurbished and now houses and Architecture and design museum, we decided not to go in to make use of the day light. So we walked along the Clyde River to Glasgow Green where we went to the People’s Palace and winter gardens, which is a giant green house full of tropical plants, it was great to sit in the warmth as the day was getting cooler outside.
We went back to the room for a quick change before heading for a quick look around the St. Enoch centre, before getting a few drinks in before dinner. We found a fantastic all you can eat Chinese buffet, where we ate to exploding point which was probably not the best idea before going out for some more drinks.

20th April 2008
We had our usual get up and go for a Sunday morning, and met some nice Americans in the breakfast hall of the hostel, before checking out and leaving our back packs in left luggage. We had decided we were going to get the last of the sight seeing done before we hit up the shops. So, we hot-tailed it over to the Glasgow Necropolis which is the grounds for the Glasgow Cathedral, which is built on the site where St Kentigern, or Mungo, the first bishop within the ancient British kingdom of Strathclyde, was thought to have been buried in AD 612. The present cathedral was built during the 13th to 15th centuries and is the only medieval cathedral on the Scottish mainland to have survived the 1560 Reformation virtually complete.
The grounds were gorgeous in spring with all the flowers in bloom and the sun shining on a Sunday morning. After an exploration of the rounds and replenishing coffee we decided quench our shopping bug. Even though we didn’t really buy anything we were exhausted by 4 pm when we picked up our bags, we stopped off for a Sunday roast before jumping on the bus back to Edinburgh.

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