Day 2 in Glasgow

We have word from a Glaswegian that it rains twice a year in Glasgow: for three months over the summer and nine months over the winter. I like a city that can make fun of itself. Today was a rainy day so we took the city bus tour which was terrific and I highly recommend it.

To the East of the city and on the North bank of the river Clyde is Glasgow Green, an enormous park established in the 15th century and which over the years has been witness to meetings of suffragettes, political protests and even a public hanging.

Doulton Fountain, Glasgow Green. It was made for Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887 and Queen Victoria herself sits on the top. We are told this is the largest terracotta fountain in the world.
Templeton Carpet Factory, Glasgow Green. The architect, William Leiper, was inspired by the Doge’s Palace in Venice.
Glasgow Green.
People’s Palace, Glasgow Green.

Next stop: Riverside Museum of Transport. This museum won the European Museum of the Year award for 2013 and it is well-deserved.  It’s packed full with cars, trains, buses, trams, bikes and carriages and laid out thoughtfully and artistically with fun things for children to interact with and lots of educational exhibits. Just outside the museum in the river Clyde is a tall ship, Glenlee, which was built in 1896. You can go aboard and look inside the Captain’s quarters, the galley, the bridge and the engine room. There’s also a cafe, children’s play area and some very cool activities for kids to do, like scrubbing the boat’s deck!

Scrub the deck.


Riverside Museum.

Next stop: Botanic Gardens.

Glasgow Botanic Gardens.

Our last stop for the day was for high tea at The Willow Tearooms. The renowned Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed the interior and exterior of this cool building. The tea was fantastic and a fairly formal affair which made it doubly embarrassing for us when, just as we were departing, Daniel picked his nose and announced in his loudest voice, “Who wants to eat my snot?”.

The Willow Tearooms.

4 responses to “Day 2 in Glasgow”

  1. Thanks once again for letting me join you on your journey. I like the shot of your kids swabbing the deck and the quote “Who wants to eat my snot?”. is priceless !

    1. Thanks. Who would have thought that scrubbing the deck could be so fun!

  2. So tell us. DID anyone want to eat Daniel’s snot?

    1. There were quite a few giggles but no volunteers.

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