Posted by: ramblinrobert | April 15, 2008

…and beer at night (photos added)

[Note: Click on thumbnail images to see larger images.]

After about 6-8 miles of walking around the city yesterday, I relished stopping in the hostel’s cafe, kicking up my feet and having a beer. I didn’t do everything I’d hoped, but had a great walk to and around the Botanic Garden

(see my favorite VERY colorful shot from one of the greenhouses), then had a chicken pesto crepe for lunch on Bryes Road (second photo), which reminded me very much of Shattuck Ave in Berkeley. The University of Glasgow is adjacent to it, and there were bookshops, lots of places to eat and even a subway stop where I caught the tiny train into central Glasgow. Walked through downtown streets overflowing with people, then along the River Clyde, taking pictures of buildings and bridges. The bridges and buildings are an interesting contrast of very old and very new. After a quick stop at the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery before they closed, I stopped in Kelvingrove Park on my way back to the hostel and got my best photo of the day, juxtaposing the city’s old and new. When I figure out how to post it here, I’ll do so. In the meantime, I won’t spoil the picture by trying to describe it.

Last night (after the beer) I went to the Heritage Hotel, about a 15 minute walk from here, and met the tour group for dessert and our get acquainted meeting. Today we take off for Stirling, then back here to Glasgow, where I’ll be staying at the Heritage the next few nights. I’m looking forward to getting out of the city a little bit and seeing something new.

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