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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Lanarkshire » Glasgow June 16th 2019

Today dawned a little wet; as we hit the bus, there was a very light drizzle. As we departed Liverpool to head toward the lake district, the skies opened up. Our coach driver was fortunate in a way; he had to deal with wet weather but no traffic. Oh well… we settled in for the two hour trip to the lakes. Our first stop was a bit unique: a ride on a steam locomotive. Due to the light traffic, we arrived quite early, in plenty of time to enjoy a scone and coffee. Here we learned firsthand about the great scone controversy. It seems the cities of Devon and Cornwall differ on how one should eat a scone with clotted cream and jam. Devon puts the cream on first and the jam covering the cream. Cornwall ... read more
1900 steam engine
inside our train coach
Loch Windemere Ferry

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Lanarkshire » Glasgow February 18th 2019

Running out of Time clock at Buchanan Bus Station.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Lanarkshire » Glasgow February 18th 2019

Statue of William Wallace at Stirling Castle.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Lanarkshire » Glasgow February 18th 2019

So much for the great engineering minds of Scotland!... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Lanarkshire » Glasgow September 14th 2018

This morning was a little troublesome. We were packed and had brekky nicely timed, but then when we were leaving and went to pay our landlady, our cards were declined. ALL OF THEM! She only takes debit cards because of the charges with credit cards, but our debit cards wouldn’t be accepted. We gave her what cash we had and went up to wait for our bus. We were now 20 mins late after all the fluffing around with the cards. Luckily Natalie was also running late, but she was able to lend us £150 cash to give the landlady and we could be on the way. Apparently that had also just happened to the Canadians at their lodging. Natalie also then paid for us four to get in to Eilean Donan Castle, our first stop ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Lanarkshire » Glasgow September 2nd 2018

Glasgow is a port city on the River Clyde in Scotland's western Lowlands. It's famed for its Victorian and art nouveau architecture, a rich legacy of the city's 18th–20th-century prosperity due to trade and shipbuilding. Today it's a national cultural hub, home to institutions including the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and National Theatre of Scotland, as well as acclaimed museums and a thriving music scene. Officially the world’s friendliest city, you know you’ll be guaranteed a warm welcome in Glasgow, and there is so much to explore and enjoy in this beautiful, vibrant city. No matter when you visit, you’ll find world-class visitor attractions, diverse neighbourhoods, stunning architecture, an ever-evolving food and drink scene and legendary nightlife. The city also has a year-round calendar bursting at the seams with amazing events and festivals. As we head ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Lanarkshire » Glasgow August 27th 2018

Now that was a long journey... Langkawi to Kuala Lumpur (1hr 15min), Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong (5 hours) then a 5 hour wait. Hong Kong to London (13 hrs) then a 3 hour wait, London to Glasgow (1hr 30min) where my Dad met me for the short trip of ten mins to home... phew... Aw man it's lovely seeing Dad again, gosh I miss my family! So first day back and I get to see most of the family, brother's, sister-in-laws, neices, nephews and great nephews... oh plus all the doggies who missed their Aunty Clare. So breakfast what do I want... easy a morton's roll, black pudding, bacon with a runny egg on top with HP sauce... nom nom nom... Dad and I went down to the local butchers and my eyes were wide ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Lanarkshire » Glasgow June 12th 2018

After the lovely long weeks in France when we had time to do whatever we wanted and there was always the space to respond to the weather or how we felt, these weeks in Scotland will be different. Like our earlier trips to Europe we will be spending only three nights or so in each place and travelling on to the next destination. So what to do in the historic city of Glasgow in a couple of days? For starters, we were exhausted! Our epic train trip took its toll on these senior travellers, so we were slow starters. Our plan was to do the open bus tour of the city on the first day, as we know that is an easy way to get our measure of a city without having to work out how ... read more
Glasgow University
Our new favourite burger joint!
Wonderful fountains and monuments

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Lanarkshire » Glasgow June 10th 2018

At 11pm on Friday night we were checking all our arrangements for the epic trip the next day from the south of France to Glasgow, Scotland. We had already done all our research before we booked the three train trips to make sure it was feasible, and we planned to take the RER train to get across Paris between the TGV and Eurostar. We put the trip into the app, and it said 'cancelled', for all RER trains on that line. What?! What would we do? We were thankful that our TGV was still running, because the French trains are on strike two out of every five days and our date was not one of the strike days. But suddenly the transfer looked tight, as we well remember how daunting the major Paris stations are - ... read more
Goodbye Provence - sunny skies the day we leave!
TGV arrives at Gare de Lyon in Paris
Gare de Lyon Paris

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Lanarkshire » Glasgow May 16th 2018

I’m happy to report to the golfers out there, my score did improve on the second day. 36 points! With John’s 39, the match against Bill and John’s mate, Ross, finished on the 13th! That was before Billy’s chipping lesson - things might be different next time. We booked in to the Mandarin Restaurant Motherwell for dinner. A favourite haunt of John & Betty’s. Unbeknownst to us, the 2018 OVO Energy Series was also in Motherwell. This cycling tour has ten stages at various locations throughout Scotland. This was Stage 2. All the main streets were blocked off. After several U turns and many tight squeezes, we found somewhere to park and hoofed it to the restaurant in time to see the start of the men’s race right out front. The manager of the restaurant then ... read more
The Duke of Wellington
George Square
Lunch time crowd

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