We rode the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow, checked into our AirBnB, which was quite close to the middle of town, and started to explore. We usually walk around the immediate neighborhood looking for grocery stores, ATM machines and a close pub. As we walked along a retail block we heard yelling from a store in front of us. The shop owner was yelling ‘stop, stop, he’s stealing’ . We saw a rather big, young guy come running out of the store with an armful of cashmere scarves and the shop owner not far behind. As he ran by Kaye, she swiped her arm across the scarves and he dropped several and turned him around. I , like and idiot, got in a position to try and block him. He was easily 40 pounds heavier and 40 years younger than me. He ran over me like I wasn’t there. I managed to grab a few scarves as I fell. I slowed him down enough so someone else was able to push him against a car and he dropped the rest of the scarves.
As I got up brushing myself off and checking for any physical damage, several people kindly asked if I was all right. The shop owner came over and thanked me and said that I didn’t need to take such a risk-‘they’re only scarves’. As a reward, he gave me a small bottle of scotch to help heal any bruises I might have received. Welcome to Glasgow.
Glasgow has some wonderful free and inexpensive museums and city buildings to visit. They also have lots of great pubs. Our favorite was Brew Dog, a small chain of pubs around the UK. It was there we met, Claire, Alexis and Heather. It was one of those nights where the intention was to stop off for a beer and it turned into 3 (or was it 4?). A few days later we had a nice afternoon walking with Claire from pub to pub.
After Glasgow we flew to Lisbon, Portugal for a 3 week stay.
Here are some images of some of the buildings in Glasgow.
The Glasgow City Chambers gives free tours. It is a beautiful building with marble stair cases and arches and stained glass.
Various sights around Glasgow, Scotland. In 2013, a helicopter crashed into the Clutha Pub killing 10 people ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_Glasgow_helicopter_crash ).
We also took a day trip to Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, the gateway to the Highlands. Also stopped at Dune Castle (sight of several movies -Monty Python and the Holy Grail ) and Sterling Castle which is the largest and most important castle in Scotland. Don’t have many photos of them right now-will add later.