Saturday, September 13, 2008
In order to visit this beautiful city so rich in history, we had to dock offshore and take tenders. If you're not familiar, tenders are similar to covered lifeboats and are used when the water close to land is too shallow for the ship. Here's a nice photo of our ship framed between two supports of the Railway Bridge. In the second photo, you can see of of the tenders dwarfed by this massive bridge.
This is the lovely main street of South Queensferry, Scotland, where we came ashore. While waiting for our tour to start we had a nice walk browsing the shops (and picking up a few souvenirs, of course!)from one end of the street to the other.
Next we moved on to take a tour of Edinburgh, which is the capital of Scotland.
I cannot say enough how magnificient this city is. We drove the so-called Royal Mile with Edinburgh Castle at one end and The Palace of Holyrood House (the Queen's Edinburgh residence) at the other. We visited newer parts of the city as well as very old, historical areas.
If you look closely, perhaps you can identify the statue in the photo of the famous sleuth!
Just look at those buildings! Notice which side of the stree they drive on, too!
A pretty view of the Scottish Highlands.
I don't want to make the post too long, so I will continue next time with our stop at Edinburgh Castle!