Laura The Explorer’s Trip To Glasgow
[caption id="attachment_9608" align="alignleft" width="341"] Image sourced: Allfloors Glasgow, http://allfloorsglasgow.co.uk/our-carpets/[/caption] Back in April, I found out I was the winner of Hallmark Hotel’s 12 weekend break competition and it’s all I have been able to think about ever since. Blogging has been a big part of my life for a year now and to have the opportunity to do it for such a wonderful hotel chain really is very exciting for me. First stop, Glasgow! Having never visited before, I wasn’t sure what to expect but I had such an awesome time. From sitting in the audience at The Theatre Royal, to wrapping up warm in Snow Factor’s Baltic Ice Bar, there really is so many exciting and fun things to do there. As soon as I walked into my room at Hallmark Hotel Glasgow, I felt instantly welcomed - that might have been to do with the tasty complimentary biscuits. After five and a half hours of driving from London, I would have been more than happy to put my feet up on the comfy sofa and chill - but the theatre was calling. So, we got dressed and decided to walk the short 15 minutes to the Theatre Royal as it was such a lovely evening. Being a massive lover of all things performance related, I couldn't wait to get my glass of Prosecco from the bar (in my plastic cup of course, so I could take it in with me) and enjoy an evening of entertainment watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s. After the curtain call, we enjoyed a leisurely stroll back to the hotel, but not before being stopped by one of the cast members to ask us when the big Tesco shuts. In which we responded blankly not having a clue, and wondering whether I should applaud him on his performance (he seemed in a hurry so we left him to it, turns out Tesco was still open). Arriving back to the hotel, we decided to have a nightcap in the hotel bar. We had a lovely chat with the bar tender, before making our way up to our huge and comfy bed; where I was already thinking about breakfast the next day. After breakfast (which didn't disappoint), we thought we would have a morning swim before heading out for a day of exploration. First on our list was, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, it’s definitely worth a visit if you love anything from fine art to evolution. We then swapped culture for a spot of retail therapy and cocktails in the city centre. The highlight of the day for me was an evening trip to Glasgow’s Ice Bar, Snow Factor, just a six mile drive from the hotel. Upon arrival we were given our warm and cosy ponchos before being shown to the ice bar, which instantly gave me goosebumps (not just because of the temperature). Everything really is made from ice, from the bar itself to the table and chairs, even the glasses you drink from! The huge bear sculpture, made me feel like I was in what I can only imagine would be the Ice Queen’s private bar in the middle of a winter wonderland - such a cool experience (quite literally)! After our 45 minute session, which flew by, we got to enjoy a German dining experience in the restaurant upstairs, which was extremely tasty. On our final day, we couldn't leave Scotland without visiting the infamous Loch Lomand, which is absolutely stunning. Whether you want a peaceful place to think, or some natural beauty to go and explore on a hike, this should definitely be on your to do list when visiting Glasgow. Plus, it’s only a 25-minute drive from the hotel and city centre.
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