Thursday, November 29, 2012

Edinburgh Etc.

Right.  So, it's Thursday night.  I've had two glasses of wine.
And I'm on holiday tomorrow.

This is my final Edinburgh post until our next visit.  And just in time, too.
Because tomorrow we are heading out in the morning to visit the Christmas Markets!
One night in Brussels and two nights in Cologne.  The camera batteries are charging.

While in Edinburgh we also managed to squeeze in...

It was okay.  TE enjoyed it more than I did as he actually enjoys a taste of whisky.  
I just make funny faces and shudder.  It usually smells much better than it tastes.  
He purchased a book of 101 Whiskys of the World and now has a new challenge.
(Because whisky and excel spreadsheets are made for each other.)

The Angel's Share is the 2% that evaporates through the distilling process.  

We also visited The Real Mary King's Close which is a Must See!!

A close is just a narrow street with tenement housing on either side.  As Edinburgh was built up, many of these areas were just sealed up and built over.  Our dramatic guide lead us down and through homes and streets from the 16th century.   It is a fascinating place full of stories of murder, hauntings and the plague.  

Pre-book your tickets on line.  It's history come to life.  

And lastly, we visited The Royal Yacht Britannia. It is amazing and another Must See.
Obviously, much more recent history and it's located at a shopping mall which is odd. 
But, we had a great time and it was special to see.  

For over 40 years, this was home-away-from-home for Her Majesty and the Royal Family.

Many famous moments have happened aboard this yacht.

It's five levels are divided into spaces for the Royal Naval crew and Royal family. 
It even includes a post office and surgery.

The other half is a residence for the Royal Family.

His and Her accommodations for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip decorated to their individual tastes.

Gin & Dubonnet is the Queen's favorite drink.

Above is her personal office where she received the Official Red Box every day, even at sea. 

This is the room where Charles and Diana spent their honeymoon.

This Royal Dining Room has played host to Presidents Eisenhower, Ford, and Reagan,
as well as Churchill, Mandela, Boris Yelstin and so many other famous world leaders. 

It's been said that this boat was the one place where the Queen felt at home and free from the scrutiny of her position.  It was someplace where she could just be Mom Mum and Grandma.  

It was decommission in 1997 and the stoic monarch shed a tear as she said goodbye.

It is a special place with a distinctive place in modern history.
What do you think?



  1. I enjoyed the Royal Yacht Britannia very much - did you have tea in the cafe?
    I believe you can hire out the dining hall for functions, I always thought it'd be jolly good fun.

    I never knew about the Real Mary Close tour though! I guess when you live in or near a city you tend you blank out the touristy stuff. My husband does that with Philly.

  2. Love that Scottish Whisky experience. Wonderful images you took there too. Cheers to a more fun-filled holiday!


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