A few weekends ago found us West of West visiting my old mum who lives in Rhu, a lovely little town near Loch Lomond. On our way back to Edinburgh, we stopped off at our old University stomping ground, the 'West End' of Glasgow. If you have a chance to visit Glasgow please, please do. I think a lot of tourists pass it off as just another large, ex industrial city but if you just scratch the surface you'll that it brims with fashion, culture, art and above all a big, friendly attitude. A diamond in the rough!
Every time I visit the West End it seems to get better. There are new pubs and restaurants and so many new vintage shops! One of my old favourites is called Glorious (formerly the 'Glory Hole' which was quite naughty but it made me laugh). It has oodles of brilliant second hand clothes and accessories, all really stylish and fab quality. I could really fill my whole wardrobe with clothes from here!
We also had a mooch around the antiques arcade. I bought a bright red 60s style bread bin which is sitting happily in our kitchen, filled with stroopwaffles....
We had a drink in the wonderful new Hillhead Bookclub, which I will definitely visit again for dinner. I really enjoyed all their quirky little touches such as this sign outside.
Then we stopped for a late lunch at the Hanoi Bike Shop. This is also new and a great find. We had steaming, hot, spicy bowls of Pho which left us both rosy cheeked with streaming noses and eyes - a real sinus clearer and instant cure for one too many glasses of wine the night before!
I'll post up some more 'arty' photos I took a few years ago before I left the West End for Edinburgh soon!