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    Glasgow, the Art Nouveau Movement and Cake

    Over the years that we’ve travelled up to Scotland, every time we’d planned to pop over to Glasgow, something got in the way. Christmas snowstorms, temptation by way of Peebles Fish and chips, lazy weekend afternoons, a rampant fire through Glasgow School of Arts and sheer unbridled disorganization.

    Willow Tea Rooms Art Deco Glasgow Mackintosh

    But, we finally made it to Glasgow. We intentionally planned a couple of days there to relax after an intensive road trip into the breathtaking landscapes of the Scottish Highlands. It was somewhere that I’d always wanted to visit – mostly spurned by my love of architectural details and a burgeoning fascination for Art Deco and Art Nouveau (you know who you are).

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    18 reasons you must visit Glasgow Transport museum

    It probably isn’t often that a museum about the vehicles that ferry us from A – Z is added to a jolly holiday itinerary. Granted, we’re probably not normal – hello London tube – but when we had 48 hours in Glasgow unwinding from our epic Skye roadtrip we were rather fascinated to see what the European Museum of the Year 2013 had.

    May I present to you 18 reasons that you should visit the Glasgow Transport museum.

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    1. Four separate people enthused about this museum the second I mentioned we were popping into Glasgow.

    2. Horse drawn taxis.

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    3. It’s absolutely free.

    4. Double parked steam train engines

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    5. A WALL OF CARS

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    6. Bicycle wielding storm troopers – every 80s kids dream.

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    7. Free tours with passionate volunteers

    Glasgow Transport museum Zaha Hadid

    8. The world’s biggest ship model collection – In the Clyde Room was a display of some 250 ship models, representing the contribution of the River Clyde and its shipbuilders and engineers to maritime trade and the Royal Navy, including the Comet of 1812, the Hood, the Howe, the Queen Mary, and the Queen Elizabeth and the QE2.

    9. A ceiling suspended velodrome of bicycles.

    10. Did I mention the CEILING SUSPENDED VELODROME OF BICYCLES.

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    11. A plethora of retro cars

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    12. It’s free.

    13. A mock Victorian Street complete with faux horse-drawn carriages.

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    14. Video recollections of Chopper Bicycles (as a foreigner I didn’t really get the excitement, but the little boy in Mr Kiwi was thrilled)

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    16. The lifesize replicas of Clockwork Orange, the unfortunately nicknamed Glasgow Metro system.

    15. Permutations of the cool Glasgow city crest.

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    16. The incredibly striking Zaha Hadid building, designed because the old building was allowing condensation in and corroding the priceless artifacts.

    17. The ship in the harbour outside.

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    18. Rainy day activities – we thought we’d pop in for half an hour after catching the small bus from the centre of the city, but after assurances of the ridiculously friend bus driver (Toto, we weren’t in London any more…) we spend about 3 hours before hunger pangs struck.

    Each of those 4 people were absolutely correct.

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    TRAVEL WISHLISTS AND 2019 PLANS – JANUARY #TRAVELLINKUP

    2018 has been full of travel, adventures, bad hairstyles in photos and explorations.

    Travel wishlist 2019 Adventures of a London Kiwi

    My first couple of months were concentrated on building my business and scooting around London (fitting in a few bits of London sightseeing and restaurant visits) before we flew to Romania for a week to explore the Transylvanian castles and political history of Bucharest. I fitted in a cheeky solo beach break in Bournemouth in the middle of a busy project, I explored Basel in Switzerland solo (where in one day I managed 3 meals in 3 countries) and went on a group trip to Cologne, Germany

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    How to book cheap flights (so you can spend your money on holiday champagne at sunset instead)

    Over the years I’ve bagged a fair few bargain flights; £20pp return to Italy, £33pp return to Valencia, a cracking package deal including a flights & 5-star hotel in Vienna for almost the same cost as just flights. I also realised that I’ve never written a post on just how to book cheap flights, even with the trips I’ve done over the years and tips that I’ve picked up.

    How to book cheap flights tips and tricks Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Flying business or first class is lovely, don’t get me wrong. But until I win the lottery or my cat becomes famous, with all of the travelling I like to do, it just isn’t possible all of the time. Enter stage left the joy of picking up a cheap – usually economy – flight (which inevitably leads to an extra glass or two of something bubbly once we arrive.)

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    Glenskirlie House and Castle Hotel – Snoozing in a Scottish Castle

    Weddings are magical – and even more so when they are held in a castle that’s nestled in the peaceful Scottish countryside. Glenskirlie House and Castle was the venue for a good friend’s wedding recently – and we celebrated the joining of their two families in an age-old handfasting that went on into the wee hours.

    Scottish Hotel near Glasgow Glenskirlie House and Castle Adventures of a London Kiwi

    (In total honesty I didn’t last all the way into the wee hours when the shots were broken out, an early hour flight from Heathrow, our ridiculously comfortable bed and the dangerous ‘I’m just going to rest my eyes’ after the fulsome wedding dinner put paid to that!)

    Jumping into a cab from Glasgow airport (it’s about a 35-minute drive from both Glasgow airport or Edinburgh airport), the 4-star Glenskirlie House and Castle would make for a perfect stop off when road tripping into the stunning scenery of the highlands – or perhaps the last night of a weekend break in either city, especially if you were driving.

    Scottish Hotel near Glasgow Glenskirlie House and Castle Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Glenskirlie House was established in 1982 as a small, family-run restaurant with an emphasis on quality food and first-class service. In 2007, Scotland’s first newly built castle of the 21st century opened, extending the facilities and offering plush hotel accommodation.

    Scottish Hotel near Glasgow Glenskirlie House and Castle Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Scottish Hotel near Glasgow Glenskirlie House and Castle Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Borrowed from the hotel website – when we had colonised the castle, it was filled with laughter and people.

    We were graciously allowed to check-in early before the wedding ceremony started, giving us enough time to shake off the flight and polish our faces.

    Scottish Hotel near Glasgow Glenskirlie House and Castle Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Each of the rooms – sweetly named after rose varieties – are individually designed with their own unique charm. Stylish, luxurious and elegant, the rooms combine traditional charm with modern design and contemporary comforts, including flat-screen TVs and DVD players.

    Scottish Hotel near Glasgow Glenskirlie House and Castle Adventures of a London Kiwi

    The bathroom was comfortably appointed, including a rain shower that was very much appreciated and Molton Brown goodies.

    Scottish Hotel near Glasgow Glenskirlie House and Castle Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Scottish Hotel near Glasgow Glenskirlie House and Castle Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Having gone for a wander before the ceremony, I was pounced on in the corridors and invited up to the honeymoon suite for a cheeky glass of pre-game champagne with the bride and her entourage – we giggled our way through the process, scooting out before we got too much in the way of the flower girl excitedly opening her pressies.

    Scottish Hotel near Glasgow Glenskirlie House and Castle Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Scottish Hotel near Glasgow Glenskirlie House and Castle Adventures of a London Kiwi

    It was utterly delightful. Fun, relaxed and full of mischief – perfectly attuned to the bride and groom.

    Scottish Hotel near Glasgow Glenskirlie House and Castle Adventures of a London Kiwi

    The views over the local valley aren’t too shabby either…

    Scottish Hotel near Glasgow Glenskirlie House and Castle Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Between posing as the lady of the manor, there’s loads to do in nearby Glasgow. Afternoon tea in the art nouveau Willow tea rooms, parading through time at the Glasgow Transport Museum (highly recommended), visiting the Kelpie Heads and Falkirk Wheel or simply enjoying the epic brunch offerings in this compact city.

    Scottish Hotel near Glasgow Glenskirlie House and Castle Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Or, you could explore Edinburgh which is a half an hour drive away.

    And then there is the beautiful west coast to explore: in this realm of faerie-stories, kilted clansmen and bagpipes, we knew that visiting the Scottish highlands we were going to see beautiful scenery, but we weren’t quite prepared for the variety of stunning vistas that seemed to appear every time we turned a corner. It’s still one of our best road trips ever

    What is your favourite thing about Scotland?

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