Last stop Edinburgh, Scotland

I’m getting bored of my trip ramblings but I thought I should finish up so I can look back and read and remember. So here we are the last few days of the trip……

The train ride from London to Edinburgh was beautiful with views of quaint English villages, lush green pastures, a few peeks at the rocky shore of the North Sea and even a lighthouse. We arrived in Edinburgh on Easter Sunday so just about everything was closed except bars and depressing cafes. Since we really hadn’t eaten anything substantial all day we chose to eat at the depressing café. Complete with homeless people and those who probably didn’t have family to spend Easter with.

The next day was warm and sunny and we ventured to the Royal Mile and the Edinburgh Castle. For those of you who have never heard of the Royal Mile it is the popular name for the succession of streets from the main thoroughfare of Edinburgh’s Old Town. And as the name suggested the Royal Mile is approx. one Scottish Mile long (what the heck is one Scottish Mile?) and runs between the Edinburgh Castle at the top down to Holyrood Abbey- a ruined Augustinian Abby (rood mean cross “Holy Cross”). The Edinburgh Castle dates from the early 12th century and around the 1300 was inhabited by my ancestor Robert I, King of Scots aka Robert the Bruce who was known as one of Scotland’s greatest kings, as well as one of the most famous warriors of his generation and he helped lead Scotland to independence.

That day we ate lunch at The Elephant House. The Elephant House bills itself as “The Birthplace of Harry Potter”, because this is where the author J.K. Rowling often “mulled over a coffee writing her first Harry Potter novel while her baby napped.” They have a nice view of Edinburgh Castle out the back window. The castle is said to have inspired some of her story.Our last day in Europe was met with wind and driving rain but we set out anyway to view the Royal Yacht Britannia which is moored as an exhibition shop at the Ocean Terminal, Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland. It was much smaller than I thought a Royal Yacht would be but it was built in the 50’s so maybe back then it was considered large. Britannia logged over a million nautical miles. The Yacht was designed to be converted into a hospital ship in the time of war but this never happened. During her career as the Royal Yacht she conveyed the Queen, other members of the Royal Family and various dignitaries on around 700 foreign visits. The Prince of Wales and Diana took a honeymoon cruise aboard Britannia in 1981. She also evacuated over 1,000 refugees from the civil war in Aden in 1986.

All in all it was a good trip and I am so glad we mustered up the courage to travel with an infant. I’m done with planes and traveling for 25 hours straight for a while so next year we are staying state side because there is so much to see in our very own country!


5 Responses to “Last stop Edinburgh, Scotland”

  1. Sounds wonderful, and I love those pictures! I’m glad you got up the last installment of your vacationary tale. 🙂 And you’re right, there is plenty to see stateside. Let me know if I can make any other recommendations or give you “insider information” about stuff here in California. 🙂

  2. It sounds like you took in so much. What kind of food did the depressing/homeless cafe/soup kitchen serve you? I did not know you had royalty in your heritage! Does this make you some sort of a princess now? I hope so.
    Having a baby yourself, can you even imagine J.K. Rowling, drinking coffee and writing HP while the baby slept? I mean, if I even get a cup of coffee these days it is a good day, never mind in a fantastically atmospheric cafe with compliant napping baby, pen in hand. Good post, very interesting.

  3. ggsmama, maybe I am a princess…..ha, only in my dreams!

    Jania, oh I will be using your insider information for sure! But we won’t be going for a while (like in a year)!

  4. the mama bird diaries Says:

    Thanks for sharing your travels.

    I think it’s great that you did it. An inspiration for other parents.

  5. Thanks for finishing up your trip stories!!! I bet there are more even, but those will have to live with you guys.


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