Sunday, October 31, 2010

Galavanting around Glasgow

It's Halloween weekend here in Scotland and the town is crawling with people in costumes, or what they call "fancy dress". Some friends of mine asked me along on a day trip to Glasgow, one of the larger cities here in Scotland about 1 hour to the west of Edinburgh.  I was really excited to take the train for the first time since arriving, and were able to get a group ticket to the city for only 5pounds round trip! What a deal. The Scottish train was really nice and reminded me of my days back in grad school when I backpacked through Europe. It's the little things that really excite me, like when the conductor comes around to check my ticket, or getting to view the Scottish country side from the train. The train ride was only 45 min, so before I knew it we had arrived at the Glasgow train station. 

The city was really fun to walk around because the streets were crowded with people and street performers. And the shopping was fantastic! Lots of walking streets with stores and boutiques. Knowing it only takes 45 min to get there from Edinburgh I have a feeling their will be many shopping trips in my future. 

One of our first stops was the Willow Tea Room my first official high tea experience. It was awesome!  As you can see from the picture  below the chairs had tall backs to them making the experience very "mad hatteresk". I got to try some loose leaf hibiscus tea and freshly made scones with jam and creme. Delish!!! I would recommend this tea room to anyone traveling through Glasgow. The sweat treats they have are all freshly made, and you can sit and have a traditional scottish breakfast or just enjoy a pot of tea while overlooking one of the main shopping streets before the tea room. I can't wait to go back! 
Willow Tea Room Chairs

Yes Please...

Once we had our fill of tea and scones, we headed back out to hit the stores for shopping. I really just enjoying wandering the streets and seeing the various street performers: mimes, bag pipers, and rock bands. Before I knew it we reached lunchtime and decided to hit one of our favorite places, Bella Italia. It was so nice to just sit and relax after a day on our feet. Once we were done, we decided to grab the next train back as we were exhausted. The good thing is that trains run every 15 minutes. The train arrived in Edinburgh around 5pm and at that point I knew it was time for a nap! I had to get ready for another Halloween night out! Overall, great day or weekend for that matter. Until next time, I'll see you on the internet.

Interesting sign, glad to know they are so welcoming!
Candy Shop 

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