A Walk in the Park

The Royal Botanical Garden in Edinburgh has magnificent trees and plants for the public to enjoy.

The Royal Botanical Garden in Edinburgh has magnificent plants and lawns for the public to enjoy.

We took a day of leisure in Edinburgh to see some of the local scene. With a day pass for the incredibly convenient local buses, we headed to the waterfront community of Leith. The shopping mall was strategically located on the pier where the HMS Britannica is moored.

The HMS Britannia is open for the public to tour.

The HMS Britannia is open for the public to tour.

We did not pay admission to go aboard because we just are not into paying admission to see really expensive furniture. It certainly looks comfy, and I am sure the Royal Family made do with the finest luxuries when they wished to go for a cruise. The Britannica is a fine ship, and she served her purpose in her time. However, after having seen some of the opulent yachts of the super-wealthy, I believe that now the Britannia is not in that class.

The Palm House maintains exotic tropical plants. In front lies the largest tree fossil in the UK.

The Palm House maintains exotic tropical plants. In front lies the largest tree fossil in the UK.

A short bus ride through town brought us to the Royal Botanical Garden. This has to be the most tranquil setting in the city. While we did not see many flowers in bloom, it reminded me of the Arboretum in Seattle or the Huntington Garden in Pasadena with its spacious grounds and great variety of plants and trees. Here people can take a book or sit on a park bench amid a thousand shades of green.

The gardens include glasshouses for the tropical palms collection. There are additional greenhouses for maintaining plants year round as well as botanical studies. For example, the Chinese Hillside garden symbolizes the mountain habitats where plants with medicinal properties are harvested in China. These ancient remedies are now being harvested 20% faster than they can regenerate. Due to increasing global demand, many of these medically beneficial plants will inevitably disappear without some effort to replenish them.

Sweet Potato Burger with mango salsa gets rave review.

Sweet Potato Burger with mango salsa gets rave review.

For our vegetarian/vegan readers, I will say that Florence has been diligent in following a plant-based diet ever since we left the states. While we were at the Ocean Terminal Shopping Center, we had lunch at a restaurant called Handmade Burger Company where Florence enjoyed a delicious vegetarian option. I have not been as good. My handmade burger was the UK version of a classic American cheeseburger, which was quite good. And I have enjoyed fish ‘n’ chips a couple of times because I just cannot imagine being in the UK and not eating fish ‘n’ chips.

Botanical research is ongoing thanks to additional greenhouse space.

Botanical research is ongoing thanks to additional greenhouse space.

We were lucky once again to have experienced perfect weather. That is not a given in Scotland. Frequently, when we have responded to local inquiries about where we are from, locals have responded with, “Thank you for bringing the nice weather with you.” It is not like we had anything to do with the weather. I think this is just one more example of the Scottish people demonstrating how friendly they are. And for that we are grateful.

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15 comments on “A Walk in the Park

  1. Please tell Florence I said, “way to go” with the plant-based eating. She’s doing a lot better than I did when I first started this diet. And I never had the chance to go over how to eat a healthful plant-based diet with you guys, so I’m referring you to this link: http://honkifyourevegan.com/2013/05/28/60-second-guide-to-a-plant-based-diet/. I hope you and Florence take a moment to look at it. I just want to make sure you guys get all the nutrition you need. Also, I’ve probably mentioned this to you before, but most authorities recommend taking B12 tablets when you abstain from meat and dairy. Other than that – I’m having fun touring with you guys. Celeste 🙂

    • Mike Lince says:

      Celeste, we greatly appreciate the information and your continuing support. As you know, Florence has more challenges with food, so she is committed to doing everything she can to feel healthy and stay that way. We are enjoying touring, but we will both be relieved to have a place to call home in another two weeks. Thank you for following and commenting. – Mike

  2. Megan says:

    Oh, the botanical gardens look fabulous! I’ll have to put that on my list the next time I head up. I might even try the sweet potato burger, unless that regular burger is as good as you say it is! You shouldn’t mind Scottish weather, seeing that you’re from the PacNW 🙂

  3. reocochran says:

    I like the way it looks so tranquil, I would bring a book if I lived closer… I like the idea of wandering around the property/grounds and the palm house, too. Would make you feel you were in the tropics (especially in the gloomy winter months would be pleasant!) Thanks for stopping by and look forward to all your nice and unique comments! Talk about candor, you use it, too! I feel ‘honesty is the best policy’ at our age, then we won’t forget what we told! If we can remember the original thoughts! Haha!

    • Mike Lince says:

      Beautiful spots like the Botanical Garden are what make a city feel livable. And now that the weather is warm and sunny it is great to see families out with their children and others just out to relax with a book or snooze on the grass. We love life at this pace. Vacations are much more exhausting, which is why we chose to take each country we visit at a more leisurely pace. Just today a woman who was maintaining flower beds at St. Cuthbert’s Church told us local stories for an hour! What a treat. 🙂 – Mike

  4. blade3colorado says:

    I love sweet potatoes and would have loved to try that burger with the salsa sauce. During my travels, I always try to visit the local botanical gardens and the one in Edinburgh seems like a good one. Ironic, because I have visited Edinburgh, but didn’t see their gardens during my two trips there. Sigh.

    • Mike Lince says:

      Ah well, since you missed the botanical garden, my post has performed something of a public service for you. 🙂 It was a tranquil place, perhaps the most so in the busy city. I would not say the garden is worth a return trip to Scotland on its own. However, there is so much that is worth seeing that you do not really need an excuse. – Mike

      • blade3colorado says:

        Yes, Scotland is one of those places that is worth returning to again and again.

  5. UK without fish and chips? Seriously, feh.

  6. I’m so glad you were able to visit the Botanics, it’s a lovely place – and free to get in! That veggie burger looks delicious.

    • Mike Lince says:

      Florence has been diligent in following a vegetarian diet, and we have hit a couple of good spots. I will make a greater effort when we have a place to settle in. We loved the gardens, too. We thought the Botanical Garden in Glasgow was a cut above the one in Edinburgh. They were both a pleasant break from the bustle and noise of the city.
      Thank you for your comments, Lorna. 🙂

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