Day 4: Edinburgh Botanics

We started our day at St Giles Cathedral. It’s on the Royal Mile near the castle, but was closed for a service when we stopped earlier.  A beautiful building, the church is full of carvings, memorials, statues, memorials and stained glass.  It is the Mother Church of Presbyterianism, contains the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle and no, I don’t know what that is or who they are 🙂

We then hiked up Calton Hill (who knew Edinburgh was so hilly?).  There are a few monuments and the City Observatory (under renovation), but mostly it offers lovely views of the city.

The rest of our day was spent enjoying the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Most of the locals referred to it as “The Botanic,”  which made me want to giggle.  It was a beautiful place to spend the afternoon!

We also caught part of an exhibit on the book The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris.  Delightful!


We decided to take a bus tour the following day and booked our tickets online.  The tour company required we hand a printed copy of our reservations to the bus driver.  Not terribly convenient, but we managed to find an internet cafe with a printer and with a credit card paid £2 for time on the internet & printing 1 page.

I was in the mood for a treat, so we stopped at the Sweety House, a Syrian bakery and coffee shop.  For the first time on our trip, we were somewhere that did not accept plastic.  We had no cash.  A nearby ATM didn’t like our pin number, the neighboring bank said the ATM was quirky and sent us to the Post Office to make a cash withdrawal on the card.  Way too much work for a cappuccino and pastry!

We finished off the day at a pub near Waverly Bridge called The Malt Shovel Inn .            An old Scottish proverb: Today’s rain is tomorrow’s whisky



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