Day 2 in Glasgow: Back in Time

After what seemed like a very short night of sleep, we continued our second day in Glasgow after checking out the hotel at 10am (yes, that was the official final check out time… ๐Ÿ˜›) We headed to Billโ€™s for a conventional full Scottish breakfast (how I missed black puddings lol!), then decided to stop by the Riverside Museum and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum today before heading back in the late afternoon.

Full Scottish Breakfast in Billโ€™s

We decided to go by the route via the Glasgow Subway. Unlike the London Underground, it felt much cosier and I actually found their small carriages quite cute lol. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Subway entrance
Inside the subway
Wall painting outside the subway station
Hurry up so we can avoid the rain!! ๐Ÿ˜จ๐ŸŒง
Riverside Museum from a distance
Here we are at the Riverside Museum

The museum itself is a transport museum where many of the displays are interactive for visitors, so many of the transports can be climbed inside.

Inside the museum
I do like trains! ๐Ÿš‚
This reminds me of the mini vans in Hong Kong.
Inside the van. A nostalgic feeling for my mum.
Donโ€™t miss it! ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Or, even better, walk in the old streets of Glasgow and taking the old subway. Itโ€™s like being transported back in time. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Back in time…
I can see the subway! ๐ŸšŠ๐Ÿ˜‰
Anyone wants a pint? ๐Ÿบ
Guess I can come here if I need some cash…?
๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜‚
Inside the old subway (it actually smells a bit… ๐Ÿ˜…)

The museum is also well known for the Tall shop from Govan parked outside by the harbour. The ship was built back in 1896 as a cargo ship and visitors were able to also go on board to take a look around. (Totally felt like I was in the Pirates of the Caribbean lol ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŠ)

The Tall Ship
Does this remind you of the Titanic?
Make sure you scrub it clean! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช
View from the deck
Tea or coffee, anyone? โ˜•๏ธ
Now, I feel like the captain! ๐Ÿ‘จโ€โœˆ๏ธ
Could actually imagine me bathing here lol ๐Ÿ›€
The childrenโ€™s bedroom. Aww kitty… ๐Ÿฑ
Exploring to the depth of the ship… ๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿคญ (actually only a cafรฉ and a souvenir shop down there ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚)
The bottom of the shop (there is a children playground right next to this! ๐Ÿ˜†)

Before my mum started feeling too seasick (lol), we then decided to move on to the Kevingrove Art Gallery and Museum not too far of a walk away.

Kevingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Greeted by an organ performance upon entering (thought we accidentally stepped into a church service lol)
A bit freaky lol… ๐Ÿ˜…
Beautiful paintings ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
Probably my favourite painting of the ones I saw โค๏ธโค๏ธ

Tired from all the walking and sightseeing, we finally decided to head for lunch at the Hard Rock Cafรฉ. The portions were absolutely massive! ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜… (Still delicious though haha!)

Inside Hard Rock Cafรฉ
Nachos, Spicy Prawns and Buffalo Sliders

We loved the nachos (No joke, it was probably the biggest plate of nachos I had ever come across in my life!) with its overload of cheeses and spices. The spicy prawns were okay but slightly too much mayo in the coleslaw. I liked the sliders but just couldnโ€™t really taste the blue cheese. The portions were so big that we had to take a huge doggy bag with us on the bus back home! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ (P.S. we were still having it for lunch today… ๐Ÿ˜…)

Day 1 in Glasgow: Road Trip in the Rain

In the Hobbit, Gandalf said to Bilbo Baggins, โ€˜The world is not in your books and maps. It’s out there.โ€™ There is something about travelling to different places that is vastly different and so much more exciting than simply seeing or hearing about them on TV and on the internet. Compare to the old me who preferred the comfort of staying at home, I now often find myself not being able to stay still on the same spot!

Hence, yesterday, my mum and I headed out for a brief 2-day trip to Glasgow by taking a bus from home. (It was quite last minute as we only decided for sure a few days ago.) The weather, however, was not on our side as the roads were all drenched by the heavy rain all day. But we still made sure that we made the most of it after we arrived.

In Glasgow… ๐ŸŒง๐ŸŒง

Marching our way through the rain โ˜”๏ธ , we dropped by Lychee Oriental for lunch. It is a renowned Chinese restaurant in the area run by Jimmy Lee who once appeared in the Great British Menu on BBC. The restaurant offer a nice two-course lunch every day for a very reasonable price of ยฃ11.90. No surprises here except it was a nice, rustic, homey meal that quickly filled us up for the day. (I personally quite liked the chicken satay and the fried noodles.)

Lunch in Lychee Oriental

The weather though really wasnโ€™t appealing enough for us to stay any longer outside, so we decided to check into the hotel and rest a bit first before the evening.

easyHotel (on the right) where we stayed

We stayed at easyHotel which was a very cheap stay, costing under ยฃ44 for a twin room for one night. When we arrived though, we were still an hour too early for the official check-in time (3pm). This meant we ended up wondering some more in the rain before hiding inside the hotel opposite to it for the time to pass! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Though the room was generally pleasant and very clean, the shower was very tiny (there was no actual cubicle and the curtains kept sticking to me as I was showering ๐Ÿ˜…), and also annoyingly (which I only noticed after booking…) WiFi and even the TV are all extra charges. However, for those of you who may be just looking for a quick night of sleep, this is the ideal place for it!

Dinner in Ichiban

While I was napping, my mum was looking at the tourist information leaflet she got from the hotel reception and found this Japanese restaurant called Ichiban. We decided to head there for dinner, squeezing together under one umbrella โ˜‚ (the rain was even worse at that time… ๐Ÿ˜“๐Ÿ˜“) We ordered the signature ramen and a mixed sushi platter, plus some char siu (roasted pork) on the side. The ramen was good with a hefty portion and a good broth, and the sushi was also well-made. The char siu though we found was a touch too salty.

Yee Kwan Ice Creams ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹

It would be unlike me (or rather us lol) that we didnโ€™t have some desserts after meal. The restaurant also offers Yee Kwan ice creams on their menu (which I knew before from watching Dragonsโ€™ Den ๐Ÿ˜‚ ). We ordered the black sesame seed ice cream and pink guava & passion fruit sorbet. The sorbet was perfect with its lightness and sweetness with a slight tang, and the black sesame was very flavourful with the nuttiness from the seeds. (My mum was loving them both lol.) If you see these ice creams for sales anywhere, I would strongly recommend you to grab one! ๐Ÿ˜‹ ๐Ÿ˜‚

Afterwards, we headed back to the hotel just as the rain thankfully died down. My mum especially was ready for bed after a long day, but it seemed that our day was not over yet when we discovered there was no hot water in the shower… ๐Ÿ˜“โŒโŒ (P.S. we ended up moving to the room next door. ๐Ÿ˜›)