Tag Archives: City Centre Glasgow

Silent Sunday – 28 December

In good times and in bad, people make Glasgow.

George Square tribute at GOMA#GeorgeSquare

Silent Sunday – 21 December

Mighty drummers drumming in Glasgow #12daysofChristmas

Drummers drumming in Glasgow

A not so Silent Sunday…

Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) in GlasgowSo you’re determined to finish the last of your Christmas shopping.

But when the hustle and bustle gets too much, take solace. Escape frantic shoppers and general festive mayhem in the magical surroundings of the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA).

There you’ll find tranquillity, beauty and inspiration. Refuel with a coffee in their café. And if you must continue your shopping quest, check out their cool wee gift shop.

-T

 

Silent Sunday – 30 November

Christmas delights and bright lights #inGlasgow

Christmas lights in Glasgow

Building beautiful bodies with stellar Stella

Everything hurts – even my hair. I can barely walk. OK, so that’s an exaggeration. I can walk. But not without looking like a cowboy. And yet there is a huge smile on my face.

Why? Because I’ve had the workout of a lifetime, exercised parts of my body I never knew existed. And all for free. How?

Nike Training Club in GlasgowPerhaps like me you’ve peered into the Nike shop on Buchanan Street after work on a Thursday to see people in full-swing exercise mode. And perhaps like me you’ve thought – no way and made a bee-line for Zara.

Thursdays are about late night shopping…. that is until I bumped into a friend I hadn’t seen in a long time. A friend who looked totally fabulous. A friend who had transformed her body into a perfectly sculpted machine. A friend who had ditched Thursday shopping for Stella – the no nonsense trainer.

Stella has her own fitness studio in Glasgow – but if you want to test out elements of her programme for free, try the Nike Training Club. You can sign up on Facebook.

Yes, it’s in the middle of the Nike shop. And yes, everyone can see you. But you won’t care. You’ll be too busy concentrating on moving, breathing and trying not to collapse. In the process, everyone else simply disappears.

In addition to the 5:30pm Thursday night class, there are also a few morning sessions and other evening sessions. So check it out.

I won’t lie – it’s challenging. You will hurt the next day. You might even walk like John Wayne. But then miraculously you will feel your butt lift, your thighs tighten and your stomach flatten. You will feel and look stellar – like Stella. I think I may have even grown a few inches*.

As Nike says, just do it!

– T

*OK, so I haven’t officially gained any height. But I’m certainly walking taller.

Silent Sunday – 23 November

Hello Glasgow! Looking good.

Glasgow skyline

 

Christmas market merriment

It’s official – Christmas has come to Glasgow. Twinkling lights and reindeer grazing in shop windows are grand but the Christmas markets return to Argyle Street clearly announces the festive season. And I’m loving it.

Christmas market #iGlasgowArgyle is now filled with inviting huts and a mixture of alluring aromas.

Bratwursts, burgers and churros smothered in Nutella call my name.

My lunch break has become a glorious stroll through endless choices – curry, paella, Thai tasty treats and more.  And there’s no need to stress about gifts when I can pick-up handmade delights my friends and family will adore from the stalls. One for them…one for me.

Taking it all in is truly wonderful – folks bundled in coats and scarves enjoying the spectacle of it all. People watching at its best. Sigh – all is right with the world.

And after work who can resist the tempting allure of a mulled wine? Or perhaps I’ll treat myself to a little cup of warm joy with a Baileys vanilla latte. If only all life’s decisions were as delicious.

– B

Silent Sunday – 16 November

Oh so beautiful Glasgow…Glasgow City Chambers at night

 

Silent Sunday – 19 October

Big city. Big sigh. Heart melts… quiet and beautiful.

Glasgow at dusk

Take flight at Gin 71

I like a nice gin. So I’m thrilled to discover Glasgow’s first dedicated gin bar – Gin 71.

Gin 71 bar in GlasgowBy day this inviting Renfield Street spot is the Cup Tea Lounge offering delicious tea and cakes. And by night after 6pm, it’s a seductive gin lover’s dream.

Not your grandma’s gin

But this isn’t gin as you know it. It’s better, enticing and beautiful. There are so many – we hardly know where to start.

But why choose just one when you can have three. From the fabulously fruity to the exquisitely earthy and even the exceptionally dry, Gin 71’sFlights lets us sample different artisan gins perfectly matched to specially-made tonics. Sensational!

The Flight trays are impeccably presented. In fact they’re almost too pleasing to disturb. Almost. The delicate ritual of putting it all together is delightful. And the high-powered soda water bottle adds a bit of excitement – go gently.

There are several Flights to choose from but the Fruity Gin Flight is a must. Or if you’re longing for the taste of home, try some of Scotland’s finest with the Homegrown Flight.

And if you’re feeling peckish (or need to coast a little), try something from their food menu.

Beautiful surroundings, alluring tipples and helpful staff equals totally wonderful.

So go on, take flight.

-T