“I'm happy to recommend Val and her family to any potential travelers to Scotland. Val offered my friend and I, not only her home in Glasgow, but her sister's in Edinburgh in the Summer of 2011. We split our time between the two cities and were able to see so much that way. Both homes were superbly prepared for our stays. We've been lucky to maintain contact with Val and even had her family back for a second visit here in Southern California just this past summer (2013). Val is an excellent communicator which made planning very easy. I looked forward to her emails nearly as much as I did our vacation! They were excellent guests in our home and I'm happy to know that we'll likely maintain contact for years to come. I'm sure other exchange partners will find their experiences to be as special as ours have been with their family. Just don't forget your raincoat and umbrella when you visit!”
Where is it?
the west end of the city is home to the gothic splendour of the university of Glasgow, the Hunterian gallery and museum there, the famous Kelvingrove art gallery and museum and Zaha Hadid's new Riverside Museum with the Tall Ship. There are boho boutiques and cafes in Byres Road, Hyndland Road and Broomhill Cross. The predominant architectural feature is the red sandstone tenement.
my apartment is almost equidistant between Hyndland rail station and Partick interchange. The interchange is a short downhill walk and from there you have the option of bus, tube ,train, taxi or hiring a bike into the city. Personally , I prefer the train: they run every 5 minutes during the day and the journey itself takes about ten. It's also cheapest at £1.90 for an off peak return. At Partick, you can board a train which goes directly to Edinburgh.
Glasgow is a very good base for touring and you can easily get out of the city from here to the coast or the countryside. By car, it's less than 5 minutes to the Clyde tunnel [ to go south of the river] or the Expressway for M8/9 motorway connections or the Kingston Bridge. Glasgow airport is about 15 minutes from the flat.
For the sporty, there are various commonwealth games venues to explore- Scotstoun is close. Three parks are nearby: Cross Park opposite, Naseby Park with a playground and the larger Victoria Park with its fossils, ponds and play areas. The Botanic Gardens are a little further but still within walking distance.
For concert goers and events, the SECC , the Armadillo and Hydro are all walkable or one stop by train to Exhibition Centre. From there, you can also walk across Bell's bridge to the Science Centre and BBC.
Finnieston is an up an coming area for cafes and restaurants. If you don't fancy walking-it's one stop on either tube or train.
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