Day two in Edinburgh was more laid back in some ways, but no less strenuous. Braving the chilly rain, we walked to the botanical gardens and greenhouse, moving from climate to climate with each room. I think we both completely stripped to our singlets at one point in the tropical rooms. The gardens are lovely to walk through, but unless you’re an avid botanist, I think one visit would be enough. It was nice to step back into Australia, even if it was only to see the trees of home for a moment. My main reason for wanting to go to the gardens was the giant lily pads. I’ve never seen them before so wanted to take the chance offered, even if it wasn’t in a place native to them. We walked back, the weather had cleared up nicely by this time, so we kept walking to Calton Hill to take in the view from there before dinner at the stunning Au Bar (great steak there) and heading back to our rooms.