I confess I took a sleep aid pill as I knew I needed to have a good rest...and boy did I ever. 7:30 is still light so on went my "I am woman hear me snore" eye mask (bought in Cambodia at a NGO store -could not resist!) and my ear plugs. And in came the land of nod. I felt so good this morning.
I had a quick shower (felt so good!) then headed off. The walk started at Queen Street station and from there headed towards Glasgow Cathedral. It wasn't open yet so I wandered around until it was open. It is the only church on the Scottish main land that wasn't destroyed in the reformation. Very medieval looking inside. I was interested in the architecture - I always feel weird visiting churches as I am not religious at all. By now I was getting really hungry as I hadn't stopped for breakfast. All I had seen was Starbucks and when I travel I like to eat at local establishments. I was starting to get weak and a bit concerned but then I saw a side board advertising a coffee shop. So I stopped and had a delicious coffee and an even better sausage in a bun with brown sauce. It just hit the spot. On I went and came across Ross St. so had to have my photo taken with the sign. I saw a fellow with a woman and a baby so asked him to take my picture. Well he took the camera and started running away with it - ha ha a joke but I must admit my heart did skip a beat!! David told me typical Glaswegian joke. I then carried on to the People's Palace where they had an interesting display of living conditions in Glasgow last century - not good. Glasgow does not exactly have a glamorous image and was one of the poorest cities in Europe. The economy is still not great. Outside the People's Palace was a gorgeous terracotta fountain - the largest in the world. I then went into Glasgow Green which was nice and ended up at the Tenement museum which was interesting but not exactly what I expected. It was only one apartment and it was a rather higher working class person with their own bathroom. I would have liked to have seen how a working class family with a lot of children lived. However this was original as most of the furniture and artefacts were from the actual person who lived there - a single woman who had previously lived there with her mother. The walk then headed downtown. I found a place that sold outdoor stuff that was having a sale so got myself some waterproof pants. And a new moisture wicking t-shirt - both for half price. I was able to get my mobile phone reconnected which was good but my credit card would not work. I was in a bit of a panic however it worked when I bought the clothes so not sure what to think....I told the bank.
While it was dull and the sun only made a short appearance the rain held off until after I came in for the day.
Glasgow has some fabulous architecture and I wish I had longer to explore the city however the walk did show me most of the highlights. I got to visit areas of the city that not many tourists get to.
I then came back to the West End and went to a pub that was once a church. I had a glass of wine and haggis, tatties and neaps with a mustard whiskey sauce. (turnips and potatoes) It was really good.
Back here to do a bit of stuff on the computer. I picked up some things for breakfast tomorrow morning - yogurt, a banana and Scottish crumpets which look like pancakes! I am in a van all day tomorrow so won't need much for breakfast.