Kelvingrove and Tchai Ovna

When we set out this morning…

Sunshine!
Sunshine!

…the sun was shining! Not quite a record, perhaps, but welcome. (The thermometer is registering 14°C.)

Lucky cats Photo by Tigger
Lucky cats
Photo by Tigger

We passed this window of lucky cats. A good omen, perhaps.

Black Sheep Coffee
Black Sheep Coffee

Breakfast Photo by Tigger
Breakfast
Photo by Tigger

We went to Black Sheep for breakfast.

Over breakfast, we installed the First Bus app and…

Bus day ticket
Bus day ticket

…bought a day ticket each. You place your phone on the ticket reader when boarding the bus. It reads the QR code and emits a satisfied beep. (The word in capitals is different each day and provides a quick visual check that the ticket is valid for that day.

Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery
Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery

A number 3 bus brought us to this wonderful institution, the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, seen here across bowling greens.

Entrance Hall
Entrance Hall

The building is magnificent and worth seeing for itself alone.

Below are a few exhibits photographed in passing, items that caught my eye for some reason or other. The museum is huge and no small selection does it justice.

Tyger, tyger…
Tyger, tyger…

Albatross
Albatross

Though I deprecate the collecting of animals for exhibition, I photographed the (rather discoloured) tiger and the albatross, two animals that I admire.

Venus disarming Cupid Ludwig von Scheanthaler
Venus disarming Cupid
Ludwig von Scheanthaler

Queen Victoria Francis Williamson
Queen Victoria
Francis Williamson

Spitfire over animals
Spitfire over animals

We left the museum en route for our next of call.

Rear entrance
Rear entrance

We left by the rear entrance which is almost as impressive as the front.

Crossing the Kelvin
Crossing the Kelvin

Our way took us across the river, also called the Kelvin, after William Thomson, Lord Kelvin.

Otago Lane
Otago Lane

After a walk through streets, we came into Otago Lane.

Tchai Ovna
Tchai Ovna

This brought us to Tchai Ovna, another place we visit when in Glasgow. It is a tea house with a staggeringly long list of teas and it also serves food – all vegetarian, of course.

General view Photo by Tigger
General view
Photo by Tigger

Tchai Ovna is a place of low tables and chairs, alcoves and cushions.

Tea and Eastern Delights Photo by Tigger
Tea and Eastern Delights
Photo by Tigger

We shared a platter of “Eastern Delights”. I had Russian Caravan Tea and Tigger chose Lavender Tea.

Crossing the Kelvin again
Crossing the Kelvin again

Leaving Tchai Ovna, we took to the streets, crossing the Kelvin again.

A bus to town
A bus to town

We took a bus back to town.

The Clyde
The Clyde

The bus took us further than we wanted to go (there was s long gap between stops) and we had to walk back. We crossed another river, the Clyde this time.

Bar, Motel One
Bar, Motel One

We stopped off at the local branch of Motel One for refreshments.

Tea
Tea

Tigger had coffee but I ordered tea though it was not Russian Caravan but plain old English Breakfast (the “vin ordinaire” of British teas).

After our tea and coffee break, we caught a bus back to the neighbourhood of out hotel. This time, our electronic keys worked and let us in. We went up to our tiny room where we are resting. We plan to go out later for our evening meal.

Aboard the 77
Aboard the 77

At 7 pm we went out and caught a number 77 bus.

Central Gurdwara Singh Sabha
Central Gurdwara Singh Sabha

Leaving the bus, we looked around for somewhere to have supper. We passed this Sikh temple and not very far away, found an Indian restaurant.

Mr Singh’s India
Mr Singh’s India

The restaurant is called Mr Singh’s India.

Supper arrives Photo by Tigger
Supper arrives
Photo by Tigger

The servings were generous but I found the food so-so.

At the bus stop
At the bus stop

It was dark by the time we went out to the bus stop.

Aboard the 77
Aboard the 77

The bus came within a few minutes and took us back to our hotel. This time, the electronic keys worked and let us in.

Back in the room
Back in the room

Here we are back in our poky little room. All being well, at this time tomorrow, we should be at home and this room will be but a fading memory, an experience not to be repeated.

Apart from the hotel room, the rest of the trip was a success. We renewed our acquaintance with the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh and found them as welcoming and fascinating as ever. Glasgow has always been our favourite, though, and still remains so.

About SilverTiger

I live in Islington with my partner, "Tigger". I blog about our life and our travels, using my own photos for illustration.
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