Started with a light buffet breakfast in the hotel at 9am, so very leisurely! Michael and I had to change rooms because the solenoid in our door failed, probably overnight. So we’re now on the 14th floor in a standard room, sniff. We all explored the 20th (top) floor to see what the view was like but the fog is still lingering and there really wasn’t much to see. Grabbed a taxi and went to the Willow Tea Rooms in Sauchiehall Street, which were designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1904. Most of the space is a jewellery and gift shop but upstairs is a little gallery tea room, which was interesting but definitely a tea room rather than a tourist attraction. Above the shop there were a couple of smarter rooms which we had a peak at and that were more impressive.
Had a bit of tea and cake then Elisabeth bought a lovely enamelled silver necklace, before we we grabbed a taxi out to the Burrell Collection in Pollok Park, both of which I love. The museum had reserved a wheelchair for Elisabeth (which Michael also made use of) and we wandered round the lovely galleries, looking over the winter woodland beyond.
Had a light lunch and left the gallery about 2pm to head back to the hotel. Elisabeth for a nap, Michael and I to have a swim, steam and sauna in the hotel pool: very relaxing and very quiet (theme of the season!) More mooching and relaxing before the big ticket event of the trip, my Dad’s 70th birthday night out at the Rogano.
Exchange Square looked great, covered over with strings of fairy lights for Christmas. The Rogano was really packed: so much so that about half a dozen people were standing outside in the street dressed in fur coats, and sipping champagne. Michael, Elisabeth and I were the last to arrive, everyone else was early. We struggled through the crowds to our table and had a couple of bottles of champagne to get he night going. The Rogano is a champagne and oyster bar and quite a few of us lived up to this by having oysters. They were very good: lovely, plump and fresh. We had a great meal, with lots of chat. I met Bob and Sally, Joel’s parents, which was lovely and Nuala and Joel, David and Mum and Dad, Michael, Elisabeth and I made 10.
Dad had a few of his presents at the end of the evening and had a wonderful time, even making a short speech. The meal was great.
More photos in by GrahamMcCannCAM in my Christmas 06 Photoset on Flickr, which can also be viewed as a map.
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