"The Royle Family"

Trip Start Sep 22, 2012
Trip End Oct 19, 2012

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Our first day in Edinburgh is the hop-on-hop-off bus around the streets of the inner city. Scottish builders were leaders and the streets are full of 17th and 18th century terraces that are advanced for their time - they are four stories tall.

We pass most of Edinburgh's landmarks - Holyrood Palace, Athur's Seat, the Scottish Parliament, the Royal Mile, the Grassmarket and Haymarket areas and Greyfriar's Bobby's statue. There is shop after shop selling tartan, kilts, scarves and souvenirs.

We grab lunch around the corner from St. Giles Cathedral before heading down to the Royal Yacht Britannia. Now permanently moored in the estuary of the Forth River, it is open to the public as a museum.

Starting at the bridge, we wind our way down by audio guide, through the State Apartments to the working areas three and four levels down. The Queen's areas are surprisingly modest and the public areas are comfortable in an English country-home sense. Eschewing opulence, the Queen valued time on the Britannia as true relaxation. Not that this stopped enormous amounts of supplies being carried or an extensive staff!

To maintain the tradition of high teas on most trips, we take afternoon tea on board where there is a "Royal Yacht Tea Room". We retire for scones and tea before scurrying back to the bus and home for another easy dinner at home.
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