Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Today I found my new favourite spot in Glasgow.  When I finally woke up, the sun was shining and it looked like a beautiful autumnal day so I thought, as I’m not back at work until tomorrow, why not head into the city and tick another tourist attraction off the list. I had a bit of trouble deciding where to go, as there’s so much I want to see, but I finally opted for the Botanics mainly because the weather was so good.

The Gardens are located in my favourite area of town, in the west end, which is the main student area (probably why I love it so much!) and full of cute shops and cafes that all look lovely. I took a little wander round the shops and then headed up to the Gardens. The park itself is fairly large and there are different attractions along the way, such as the rose garden, the main botanic gardens with lots of tropical plants and the beautiful Kibble Palace.

Main Gardens

Cheeky Squirrel

The only roses left in the Rose Garden 

Beautiful Kibble Palace

 

 

 

After I had a good look round and worked up an appetite I decided to treat myself to lunch at the Botanic tea rooms. Although I had quite a wait for a table inside (it was a bit too chilly for al fresco dining today!) it was well worth it – the food was absolutely beautiful. I had the ‘Scottish Seafood Tapas’ which comprised of hot smoked salmon and sour cream dip, pickled herrings and prawns Marie Rose with rye bread, accompanied by a side salad. It was little pricey but good value for the quality of the meal – I’d recommend it to anyone who takes a visit to the gardens.

The Tea Rooms

Scottish Seafood Tapas

 

As you can see from my photos, the weather was gorgeous and I instantly just fell in love with the place. Being there and just being so happy wandering around leisurely and taking in the sights made me realise just how glad I am that I made the decision to come up to Glasgow. I would never have decided to do this kind of thing on a day off back in Nottingham, instead probably choosing to just go shopping or sit around and watch T.V for most of the day, unless I had something specific planned and even then, it probably wouldn’t have involved me taking a spontaneous trip to a local attraction! Here though, I want to see and do everything and get involved in cultural events and such forth and just make the most of being in this amazing city (and country) for the year. I’m even considering going to an opera or a ballet just because I can!

I also realised today that I’m becoming a lot more comfortable in my own company. I’m an only child so I should, in theory, be pretty used to being independent. However I’m one of those people that is always out and about, socialising with my friends – at home or university I’d never dream of going anywhere on my own. In fact, being at university and spending all my time with some of my closest friends in the world, actually really made me dislike being in my own company for too long. However, in recent weeks, I’ve become a lot more comfortable spending whole days by myself and visiting cafes and restaurants alone. Today I even actually enjoyed reading a newspaper and being a solo diner. Admittedly I still sometimes feel a little awkward sat in a restaurant on my tod but, while I’d definitely never do it of an evening, I’m starting to quite like this new-found independence. As sad as it sounds, it makes me feel more adult and I finally feel like I might be starting to become a proper ‘grown-up’ instead of just a little girl running around the big city- well just a little bit anyway!

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. christinelaennec
    Oct 14, 2012 @ 18:45:47

    Lovely post! We’re hoping to go to Glasgow next weekend and I really would like to try to get to the Botanical Gardens.

    It looks like you’ve had a fab time in Italy as well! (Pronounced i-u-ly by my Scottish son.)

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