Glasgow Botanic Garden | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Explore: Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Glasgow Botanic Garden | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’ve been preaching the picnic gospel a lot lately, and we’re carrying on today. I’m a total girl when it comes to flowers. I find them absolutely beautiful, so if a city’s got a garden, I’m there.

Glasgow Botanic Garden | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

One of the first places we explored when we moved to Glasgow nearly three years ago now was the Glasgow Botanic Gardens, and I assure you, it’s a gem.

Glasgow Botanic Garden | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

In addition to vast grounds with a variety of flowers, trees, and other plants that ramble through the West End, there are two main glass houses full of interesting plants and sculptures. It feels quintessentially Victorian to my American brain.

Glasgow Botanic Garden | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I love that in one building, you can go from dessert to jungle just by opening a door.

Glasgow Botanic Garden | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

They also have a tearoom, which I haven’t visited, as well as a cute little coffee stall if you want an ice cream or a hot drink, depending on the weather.

Glasgow Botanic Garden | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

It wasn’t this time, but the Glasgow Botanic Gardens also regularly hosts a book fair, about every other weekend. I’ve gotten some great bargains on used books here.

There are lots of shops and restaurants nearby, so it’s easy enough to get something to go, spread out a blanket under the shade of a large old tree, and enjoy the blooms and sunshine. You can lie back and look through the leaves and imagine ladies strolling through in big hats, long skirts, and high-heeled boots. It’s absolutely lovely.

Glasgow Botanic Garden | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

And did I mention it’s free? There’s really no excuse not to visit. If you find yourself in my city, make sure you check it out.

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Explore: Brussels, Belgium

Explore: Brussels, Belgium

Explore: Brussels, Belgium

We’ve had nearly constant snow fall for the past 22 hours, so this seems like the perfect time for me to finally share some photos from our visit to Brussels over the summer. 

Explore: Brussels, Belgium

Brussels is chock full of historical architecture, and the Grand Place is pretty spectacular. We had fun going around and checking out all the old guild halls trying to decipher their names and figure out which guild they represented. There’s also no shortage of chocolate shops to pop into if only to dream about tasting the expensive Belgian chocolate.

Explore: Brussels, Belgium

Majestic churches were absolutely everywhere, and they’re usually free to go inside and gawk at.

Explore: Brussels, Belgium

My future U.S. Congresswoman definitely had to visit the EU Parlaiment site. This is also free to go inside and have a look around when not in session. They even give you a free audio guide. Just make sure to bring your passport with you. We also got to walk through a pretty park to get there. Bonus!

Explore: Brussels, Belgium

Brussels is big, so if you plan on getting around on foot, make sure you wear comfortable shoes and bring water with you. There’s not a shop on every corner like there might be in other places. Food is also pretty expensive in restaurants, so I recommend carrying some snacks with you for hangry emergencies. 

Explore: Brussels, Belgium

We did hop on the subway to venture a little further out of town to visit a park that was once the site of a world expo. They have a giant model of an atom and a few other random structures still standing. It was also nice to spend half a day in a wide open green space after being in cities for so long.

Explore: Brussels, Belgium

The architecture of Brussels is pretty unique. Belgium is a French/Flemish/Dutch mash up, and that’s very evident in Brussels. Some streets were reminiscent of Paris while others reminded us strongly of Amsterdam. These all exist side by side in this big, beautiful, crazy city.

Explore: Brussels, Belgium

Brussels was interesting, and I’d definitely visit again. I can never get enough of waffles and chocolate. 

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Explore: Luxembourg City

Explore: Luxembourg City

Before we went to Luxembourg City, I didn’t know anything about it. It seemed like a logical stop on our Belgium trip, and I was pleasantly surprised by how beautiful and interesting it was. 

The city is full of contrast which is most notable in the stark levels it’s built upon. Dramatic architecture can be found atop the cliffs the city is built around, and down in the valley, there are quaint homes and lush parks. There’s definitely plenty to explore just wandering the steep and curvy roads, but we also visited a couple of interesting and enjoyable museums.

Explore: Luxembourg City

If you’re visiting Luxembourg City with your family, I definitely recommend getting a Luxembourg Family Card. For a flat and reasonable fee, you can get access to quite a few museums as well as public transport. We used the app and had an issue at one museum where the person working there didn’t seem to know how it worked, but hopefully that’s been taken care of. It definitely saved us money.

Explore: Luxembourg City

While we were there we visited the huge National Museum of History and Art. It’s five floors and goes right underground showing you the rock that it’s embedded in. You’ll find everything from modern art to ancient artefacts here. The cafe wasn’t half bad, either.

We also explored the Luxembourg City Museum which was intriguing and interactive. We learned a lot about a place we had never really given much thought to. Bonus for being nice and cool on a really hot day.

Explore: Luxembourg City

Luxembourg is a very wealthy country, and it shows in the shops and restaurants, but most especially in the cars you can see driving down the road. This can be a hindrance, though, if you’re trying to eat on a budget. One of the major drawbacks is that restaurants are quite expensive, and shops are hard to find and close early. 

I’m so glad we decided to explore Luxembourg City. It was absolutely beautiful, and I’ll never forget it.

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