A Grand few days in Glasgow

I am feeling recharged and positively energetic after a few rest days. I delayed my blog post this week as George and I celebrated his birthday and our first wedding anniversary on 28th August.

With some planning and luck with my days off touring, we celebrated together in Glasgow. As a treat, my family gave us some money towards a meal to celebrate, and after the performances on Sunday, we went for a delicious dinner at Nippon Kitchen on West George Street. Our meals were served on jet black plates dressed with banana leaves and swirling sauce patterns. The presentation really made our colourful food pop! I had a Seafood Bento Box, which included Salmon teriyaki, panko breaded king prawns, steamed seafood gyoza, Japanese pickles and steamed rice (my mouth is watering just thinking about it again). George had Suzuki Yakimono; Sea Bass cooked on a special teppan grill with a soy, garlic and ginger sauce that also had a hint of chilli. I would recommend a visit if you are in the city.

On Monday, George booked us a table at The Ivy on Buchanan Street after I raved about visiting there for tea and scones with my family earlier this month. The restaurant is very glamorous and decorated in a maximalist style. The wall galleries hung floral-inspired artwork, plush green and rose pink seating, fresh flower arrangements and plant pots galore. Altogether it gives off a very sophisticated atmosphere, but its real triumph is that it makes anyone feel welcome. You don’t have to worry about what you wear or whether you are eating with the correct cutlery—the perfect spot to kick back, relax and enjoy the scrumptious food and drink.  I had a pan-fried Salmon fillet with asparagus spears, courgette ribbons and extra virgin olive oil mashed potato – yum! George had a whisky steak tartare with cut chips, of which I pinched a few.

The Ivy -Glasgow
Drawing Of The Interior At The Ivy Glasgow – Copyright The Ivy Glasgow

On Tuesday, we visited the Burrell Collection in Pollok Country Park. The Museum has recently had a significant refurbishment, showcasing items from the Collection amongst the architectural design; for example, stone archways, window frames and doorways help guide pathways through the space and peek-a-boo viewing. The museum also incorporates innovative digital elements such as video walls with short films and interactive games to help people engage with the stories behind the Collection. After our visit, we followed the walking path to Pollock House and Gardens. The route was signposted with artwork from the House with a comical twist. For example, one woman had garish make-up and a phone edited into her hand to take a selfie. Highland cattle graze the fields along the path. These highland cows are award-winning, and we enjoyed a quiet moment watching them rest among fields of green.   

Next stop, I hit the road with our team and perform eight shows at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh. There are a few tickets left, so if you’d like to experience classical music with your little one or give the gift of opera to a loved one, visit this website to secure your ticket(s): https://www.capitaltheatres.com/whats-on/all-shows/scottish-opera-bambino/

39 thoughts on “A Grand few days in Glasgow

  1. Sounds like a great anniversary (happy anniversary, btw). Hope the shows go well – wish they were a month ago and I might have been able to catch one…

    1. Thank you Trent, Aww I wish you’d been able to catch one, part of the fun is sitting back and watching the fun the babies have, it is amazing how involved some get whilst others like to tap out the rhythms on the safety of their parents, grandparent or carers knee. I hope you had a brilliant time in Scotland.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

      1. Ah, you are doing Bambino. There was a three year old nephew who was traveling with us – perhaps a little old for it, but closer than me to the right age range 😉 Yes, I had a fantastic time visiting Scotland.

    1. Thank you Annette, I was very grateful that George spent nearly six hours travelling and up and down on the train just to see me for a couple of days.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Thank you, it’s good that we both have long arms for selfies hehe. Lloyd Dobbie our wedding photographer took some great photos of our wedding day.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Thank you GP, I’ll pass on your best to everyone 😊. Did you spot my two brothers in the photo with the bridesmaids, Tom is next to me and Matt on the right.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  2. So nice to see you both having such a good time, I also love Glasgow. Congratulations on your first anniversary with love and best wishes for many more. 💐🥰❤️

    1. It’s been really good weather all month and we had a super couple of days. Thanks Gill.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Thank you Derrick, it was such a super day, we were just out of covid and I was worried people wouldn’t want to mix but they did.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Thank you Noelle, I know about the food, this is why I try to walk everywhere and do my pilates, I like my food too much to cut nice meals out.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  3. Happy Anniversary and Happy Belated Birthday to George!
    Celebrate yourselves, your love, your commitment to each other on this anniversary and in the years to come.
    Hugs from your cyberspace friend in the Colonies

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