Royal Botanic Garden
During my first two days in Edinburgh, while waiting for my travel companion to arrive, I visited the beautiful 70 plus-acre Royal Botanic Garden. The east entrance to the Garden is a short walk from our apartment and admission is free. On my first visit, I explored the Rock Garden and made my way to the John Hope Gateway restaurant near the west entrance for lunch. My Salad Nicoise wasn’t the best I’ve had, but the presentation was interesting. I then strolled back to the east entrance, making photos along the way.
The next day was Saturday and there were a lot more visitors, several with young children in tow. This time, I purchased a ticket for the 10 magnificent Glass houses. The environment inside was so steamy that I had to continually wipe the fog off my camera lens. The Glass houses contain over 3,000 exotic plants, so I spent well over an hour inside. I wandered over to the pond and watched the resident ducks for a while before starting home, pausing to photograph the interesting Monkey Puzzle Trees along the way. What a delightful way to spend a Saturday morning! I envy the Edinburgh residents, who can enjoy the Garden year around.