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A Touch of Glasgow

by Véronique and Mike

11 December 2013 • After enjoying the perfect afternoon tea & scones moment with our friends Bruce and Elspeth we drove to Glasgow.

We checked in Citizen M, a Dutch-brand hotel right in the city centre of Glasgow. Stepping in this hotel you cannot stop smiling with the various winks you will discover see everywhere. The staff was extremely helpful and friendly, and checking in had never been easier. You actually do it yourself like you do in airports.  Don’t worry, there is a smiling staff member to assist you if necessary.

We went to our room to drop off our luggage and were so happy to discover it. You know all this fancy new hotels with all their modern features? Well they often don’t work. Here the design of the room was minimalistic but still very cosy and the tablet provided to control lights, moods, entertainment and so on worked perfectly. On top we had a view over the city to enjoy from the 6th floor. Can you imagine seeing the sun come up from your cosy bed? 

Bruce was waiting (and also very enthusiastic when he saw our room) so we went out to discover Glasgow. We are so happy he made it possible for us to discover the Glasgow School of Art where History and art students meet. Creativity and Uniqueness are dripping from the walls and we solely would love to be students again if we could study and create at that school (and have Bruce as teacher). 

We walked through the busy streets of Glasgow. It was Saturday night and young and old were ready to party. Women were dressed in short dresses. I mean very short. How brave of them. The streets, bars and restaurants were packed. We enjoyed dinner in Arisaig, a nice Scottish cuisine restaurant Bruce picked out for us. The restaurant is located in the courtyard of the historic Merchant Square where lots of different restaurants and bars can be found.

Gentleman Bruce brought us back to our hotel. What a beautiful day it had been.

The next day after a fantastic breakfast and taking pictures forever in our new favourite hotel we went for a short (too short) time in the city. Glasgow has a lot to offer but I dare not say that we have seen even a tiny bit. We can just share some photo impressions. 

Glasgow, Bruce, and Elspeth we will be back soon.

The next day after a fantastic breakfast and taking pictures forever in our new favourite hotel we went for a short (too short) time in the city. Glasgow has a lot to offer but I dare not say that we have seen even a tiny bit. We can just share some photo impressions. 

On the way back to Newcastle we just had to stop at a cute place along the road called ‘Fuchsia’ to try their scones. A nice elder lady has made some space in her home to put some tables, her daughter provides some handmade articles and mum makes freshly baked scones and cakes. Delicious. Wonderful that such a businesses are still possible in the UK. Beats having coffee in a fuel station in Belgium anytime. 

It was a glorious day, sun was shining, and the countryside and autumn colours provided a beautiful decor. We did not want to leave. But the ship was waiting and we made it just in time. 

The sea was calm and I cannot say I was displeased with this after the previous rough crossing. Again the cabin and service was just perfect. Temperature was perfect to assist the sailing away from Newcastle outside. Always a nice moment whether it is on a luxurious cruise ship, small sailing boat or a ferry.

We had dinner in the à la Carte restaurant. Food can compete with on shore restaurants any time. Beautiful presented and very tasty.

It was quiet on the Princess Seaways, which made it even nicer to wander around the ship. Grateful for such a great weekend with friends we went to bed early.

Véronique

www.visitscotland.com

www.citizenm.com/glasgow