This comes as no surprise to anyone who knows me. Botanical gardens are my jam! Since I haven’t finished writing my posts about Edinburgh and Glasgow, I thought I’d start out with what I usually save for last!
We had pretty soft winter weather while we were in Scotland and because it was not too cold and wet, we decided to discover the green beauty of Edinburgh and maybe even walk all the way down to the seaside. Not everything went according to plan, as you’ll read later on, but I really enjoyed this day in the city. It was good, it was relaxed and I ate well. That too, will be proven by the photos later on in this post. Enjoy Edinburgh!
We walked from George Street down to the Canon Mills area where we stumbled upon Coffee Angel (24-27 Brandon Terrace). These coffee places are the same all around the world and give you that comforting feeling of being “home”. Since it was still early in the morning, and the only breakfast we had had were chocolate chip buns from the Marks & Spencer food hall, we went in for a coffee and a more decent bite to eat. There a lot of cozy coffee bars and bakeries hidden throughout Edinburgh and they offer affordable breakfast options for students. Coffee Angel had a few very good looking cookies on display as well and I could not resist adding one to my order.
Due to it being winter, there wasn’t much to see in the botanic garden. We wandered around all the different parts of the garden and had fun watching the squirrels play around and search for food. It was nice to be out of the city after a few busy days. We discussed our plans for Glasgow and sat on a bench doing nothing for a while. We contemplated buying a ticket for the glasshouses, but decided not to which I do regret a little. I’ve heard good things about the Victoria’s they have (those are a giant type of water lilies) and those of you who’ve been reading The Ginger Diaries for a long time might remember how excited I get about water lilies! When we came to the main entrance of the gardens (we came in through a side-entrance) we decided to cross Inverleith park and find our way to the seaside, just because we were curious to see what was happening there. Long story short: we walked the wrong direction. K’s fault. Don’t look at me!
After our very much failed attempt to walk further down to the seaside, we went back to the garden and hung around until it was time for diner. We wanted to get back to a nice looking place that we had spotted in Canon Mills that morning, but when we got there it seemed like half of Scotland was in the building! We eventually ended up in Earthy (1-6 Canonmills Bridge), an eatery that aims to serve you local, seasonal and organic produce and that breathes a warm and cozy atmosphere. K had been looking forward to a good bowl of chili-con-carne and I went with a burger, just because the guy next to me at the communal table had ordered it and I didn’t fancy anything else after seeing how delicious it looked! Afterwards we enjoyed a good ole cappuccino. Too bad I was too full to try their also very good looking rocky road.
Even though we did a lot of walking on this particular day, I think it was my favorite day of all. The fact that I also bought my Reiss dress on this day, might have had something to do with that. I’m going to do my best to finish up my posts about Edinburgh city and Glasgow soon, so I can share my stories with you before we’re six moths later. I need to work on my scheduling skills if I want to keep juggling this blog and my studies. I hope you enjoyed these photos and I will see you – or plan to see you – on Thursday!