Road Tripping to Edinburgh

We drove up the A1 and this was the first time I had seen "The Angel of the North".  I couldn't get a better photo so i found a picture for you off the internet.
The statue stands 20 mtres high and has a wingspan of 54 mtres.  Pretty stunning.
We found our way to our hotel and as it was late afternoon we decided to take a swim in the pool and have a leisurely dinner in the restaurant so we would be fresh to start out in the morning.  We would be catching the tram into the city.

I chose carbonara for my dinner and it was delicious and OH had a chicken & wild mushroom pie which he really enjoyed. 
The next morning we were up very early and started the day off by going for another swim as soon as the pool opened at 6am.  I haven't been swimming for years and had forgotten how good it makes you feel.

The tram stop was only a few minutes walk away so we hopped aboard and got off in Princes Street.  We decided to catch a bus to go and see the Royal Yacht Britannia first.

Below are photos of the Queens bedroom.

Such a little single bed!  I had expected the Queens bedroom to be a bit more luxurious.

This was a cosy area looking out onto the deck
Photos of Princess Margaret

Imagining the Queen here relaxing with a glass of champagne.

We went and had refreshments ourselves.

I was interested to see the kitchens, such small spaces to prepare the banquets

It took 3 hours to lay this table properly and so many Heads of State and famous people have sat round this table, the likes of Nelson Mandela, Frank Sinatra, Princess Diana etc.

The silver had to be polished every day.

The Queens office

A sitting room to relax in with a piano that Noel Coward played upon.

The official state car a Rolls Royce Phantom V, given to the Queen in 1960.  Imagine getting it onboard and off again.

A few photos below decks for the crew, apparently there were 220 on board.

Look at all this wiring!

The post office
The hospital
The laundry.  Lots of boxes of Bold Automatic powder on show!!

Last pics are of the Royal Barge.

If you get the opportunity to visit the Royal Yacht Britannia its well worth it if you are a fan of our Royal family.  There are lots of photos of all the members adorning the walls and its a facinating insight into part of their lives.

Terri X


  1. I am a great fan of our wonderful Royal family. I did expect it to be a little more luxurious, a wonderful post.


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