Another Sunny Day in Glasgow

We found a health food store with a great selection of vegetarian fare.

We found a health food store with a great selection of vegetarian fare.

With some time on our hands, we purchased all-day bus passes and headed downtown. I know Florence wanted me to have me model a kilt, and we did go into a clothier to look at kilts. These custom made all-wool garments start at about $450 US, and that does not include the jacket, tartan sash, shirt and tie, socks or matching socks. These formal Scottish outfits can be rented for around $100 just like renting a tuxedo. Perhaps there will be an opportunity to dress up in full Scottish regalia.

Scottish with an Italian flair

Scottish with an Italian flair

The fun part of the shopping experience was meeting Jessica, an energetic young lady working at Slanj, a men’s clothing store. We talked about her experience living in Colorado for a number of years and the contrast between the United States and Scotland. We hit it off with her, and like many people we have met, she provided us with her email and told us to contact her if we had any questions during our time in Glasgow.

Spicy chicken tikka and vegetarian rolls at Café India

Spicy chicken tikka and vegetarian rolls at Café India

We went in search of an Indian restaurant in the nearby district known as Merchant City. We strolled through a few blocks of restaurants and businesses and discovered Café India. I was able to satisfy my desire for spicy food and Florence found the vegetarian fare quite delicious. It was the cook who served us. He came out to check on how we liked our meal as a special courtesy. Our high praise for the food delighted him, especially when I told him how much I enjoyed the hot spices. He showed me an item on the menu and said, “If you come back I would love to cook this for you. It is the hottest dish we make.” Whether or not we return is not important. The important thing is how appreciated we felt.

Inside the Kelvingrove Museum is even more impression than the outside.

Inside the Kelvingrove Museum is even more impression than the outside.

We rounded out the day with a walk through the Kelvingrove Museum, a legacy of the 1901 Glasgow International Exhibition. The art galleries are impressive. I was able to view works by Rembrandt, Cezanne, Monet and Van Gogh. The highlight for me was Salvador Dali’s Christ of Saint John of the Cross. Unlike Dali’s surreal paintings, this image of the crucifixion is quite vivid. It lacks the crown of thorns, nails through flesh or any depiction of blood. The body of Christ forms a triangle suspended in the sky that points like an arrow to a fishing boat on the Earth below.

Christ of Saint John of the Cross by Salvador Dali Photo credit: www.europefortourism.com

Christ of Saint John of the Cross by Salvador Dali
Photo credit: europefortourism.com

The exhibits covered much and in no discernible order. The Old West was displayed next to antiquities from Egypt. Medieval armor was roomed next to Scottish wildlife. A World War II RAF Spitfire fighter plane was suspended over an evolution of life on earth exhibit. Perhaps that was what a guide meant when she announced the museum had something for everyone. And generally, that is our impression of Glasgow. It is an unpretentious city with something for everyone. Perhaps we will make a return trip during our stay in Scotland.

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10 comments on “Another Sunny Day in Glasgow

  1. sanstorm says:

    I’m glad you had a nice day in Glasgow. Kelvingrove is certainly full of many many many things! I’m also glad you had a curry while in Glasgow. I hope you have a ‘haggis supper and irn bru’ on the menu also.

    • Mike Lince says:

      The curry was amazing. I have not as yet had the Irn Bru, although I see it everywhere. I found a vegetarian haggis which actually looked pretty good. I have not tried it yet, but will be plenty of time once we get settled. Thank you for your comments. – Mike

      • sanstorm says:

        The irn bru is really too sweet on its own – but it goes well with anything deep fried and salty.
        All things in moderation, and at least once ;-)

  2. Hey Mike, I just signed up to be part of a cool blogger photo book. An 18-year-old girl is sending a camera around the world and having bloggers use it to take photos. Then she’ll compile them into a book. I thought you might be interested in being involved too. Here’s the link if you want to check it out: http://thedutchstory.wordpress.com/2013/07/17/niks-travels-update/
    Celeste :)

  3. reocochran says:

    Glasgow certainly does have a wide variety of things, including fun and history. I liked the woman with the plaid beret, the beautiful Christ on the cross, and the Kelvingrove Museum’s “funky” kind of system of presentation! Thanks for the photos, Florence and thank you, Mike for the special comments on my blog! I enjoy all of your posts!

    • Mike Lince says:

      We appreciate you following along and sharing your comments.
      You do know that woman in the tartan plaid tam is Florence, right? :)

      • reocochran says:

        Nope, what an idiot! I guess it was a good disguise! I will reread the commentary and notice I did not realize she was Florence! Apologize profusely for me, Mike!

      • Mike Lince says:

        No big deal. I realize I should have named Florence in the caption instead of alluding to her simply as ‘an Italian.’ :)

  4. Dali’s Christ of Saint John of the Cross looks AMAZING! I’m also so glad to hear about your vegan finds. Celeste :)

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