On our last full day in Edinburgh, we packed in the sights. With not enough time in this glorious city, we tried to see as much as we could before departing.
The highlight for me was a visit to yet another royal residence, albeit a floating one. I got more "Queen Time," which was heavenly. I have taught my children well, so they too love all things relating to The Queen, almost as much as I do.
We saw some other great sights as well before returning to our Airbnb in the early evening ready for our last dinner "at home" for a while, as we return to staying in a hotel.
We enjoyed another delicious breakfast at "home," before heading out for the day.
Our first stop of the day was at The Royal Yacht Britannia. Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia, also known as the Royal Yacht Britannia, is the former royal yacht of the British monarchy. She was in service from 1954 until 1997 and is now permanently docked in Leith, Edinburgh. Like the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the tour of Britannia was extensive and comprehensive. The public is invited to see a lot of the ship, including the Queen's private bedroom, while she resided on the ship, many personal and cherished photos of her family, as well as other wonderful rooms on the yacht. It was glorious! To learn more about Brittania use this link: https://www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk
After our tour, we had lunch at the Royal Deck Tea Room, aboard the Brittania. With a lovely menu and a front-row view of Port Leith and Firth of Fourth, there couldn't have been a more perfect way to end our tour. Since we were dining on Her Majestry's yacht, I had the perfect excuse to remind the children to use their best table manners, lest they embarrass themselves and me in The Queen's presence!
After lunch, we headed to New Town Edinburgh to visit The Georgian House. " In the late 1700s, this grand townhouse was at the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town development. The house was designed by acclaimed Scottish architect Robert Adam and was a true statement of luxury in an era of enlightenment – for those who could afford it." To learn more about this luxurious house use this link: https://www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/georgian-house
Close by The Georgian House, we ran into a lovely Scottish woman and her adorable pug, "Wilson." We were so excited to come upon a pug, as he is the first one we have encountered on our trip. We showered him with affection in lieu of our pug, Fitzy, whom we miss terribly. Fitzy, by the way, is having the time of his life and being spoiled to death with Anna and her family, at Camp Wisner.
We then took a lovely walk through Princes Street Gardens. The skies were quite dark and foreboding as we continued on our walk. We got some lovely shots of Edinburgh Castle looming above the city with the dark skies above.
Just as we were heading out of the gardens it began to pour rain. Miles thought it would be fun to stand in it without an umbrella and get soaked. Click on this link to watch the adorable video: https://youtu.be/ZRDg0XCIwGc
To escape the rain, we made a stop at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery before heading home. To learn more about this national treasure use this link: https://www.nationalgalleries.org/art-and-artists/features