We stayed at Grasshoppers Hotel which was right in the city center and was so convenient to everything. Plus, they had homemade cookies! This is silly, but the first thing I wanted to do when we got there was go to Five Guys for a cheeseburger.
Cheeseburgers have been the only thing I've craved throughout my pregnancy but I can't find them in Scotland how I like them (I like thin patties, melt-y yellow cheese, pickles, mayo, etc.). Anyway, I knew they would have the right kind at Five Guys and there was one right by the hotel (!!!) so we headed there first and it hit the spot. Then we took a nap! It was a babymoon after all....
I'd heard - and read - that Glasgow was big for shopping, so we walked around in the early evening poking into some stores before dinner. I have a list of things to get before the baby comes and we were able to cross a few items off which felt very productive! We had dinner that night at Jamie Oliver's restaurant which we love (we'd been to the one in Edinburgh) and which we would highly recommend if you're in the mood for Italian - and try the orange blossom polenta cake for dessert which is amazing.
In the morning we walked up to the cathedral. It's funny, when we used to travel around Italy, we would go to cathedrals all the time, in every city, but in Scotland, not so much. But this one was beautiful, with amazing stained glass windows.
We also had a lot of museum recommendations - Glasgow has tons of great ones and most of them are free! - but we chose the Gallery of Modern Art which was really fun. The iconic image of Glasgow is right outside - it's a statue of the Duke of Wellington and he has an orange traffic cone on his head (placed there for fun by residents of the city) - which is a nod to the artsy, funky vibe of the city and the humor of the people who live there.
Have you been to Glasgow or are you going? I'd love some more recommendations on things to see and do there. We probably won't make it back again this year since we're only in Scotland for about two more months (yikes, where did the time go?!) but if we come back for another season, I would definitely spend more time there.