Day 2: In Glasgow
An early start, with lots on the agenda. Took a local train to Pollok Country Park – reminding me of Glasgow roughly meaning ‘Dear Green Park’ (from Celtic ‘glas’ and ‘cu’). It is truly a city of parks, with over 90 of them – the largest being Pollok located about three miles from the city centre. With over 360 acres of woodlands, open countryside, paths, trails and streams – I could have stayed there for days if there was option. I had cows to play with (safer with a fence separating us), and endless tea and carrot cake (and lots more) to devour in the tea rooms of the Pollok House – a grand country home with rare art collections showing how the affluent lived. Located close by is the Burrel Collection housing over 8,000 objects donated to the city of Glasgow by Sir William Burrell in 1944.
A taxi ride took me to the Glasgow Cathedral, a stone structure going back to the 12th century. Its relatively new, post-war collection of stained glass are a work of art in itself.
I left the cathedral to explore the rest of the city by foot. Reaching the city centre, I took a seat in The Willow Tea Rooms on Buchanan Street – for a hot pot of tea with traditional English tea cakes smothered with butter and cream cheese. The rest of the afternoon was spent looking at shops in the area including those of Merchant City, the 18th century quarters boasting cool boutiques, bars and restaurants. Sunset was best spent on bridges over the river Clyde. Dinner was at Café Andaluz with its smacking tapas and a décor you want to admire over your drinks.