Sun 21 Oct 12
We took the day touring the city, we rode various city tour busses and visited the key tourist site.
Edinburgh [yes, I realize that I left off the 'h' in yesterday's msg] Castle is an impressive structure, this is really a fortress. It was never taken by siege, it is high on a hill, well built and with lots of cannons. Out timing is not great, in a few weeks they will have the world famous military "Tattoo" at the castle. They are setting up lots of things for this event.
The Holyrood Palace is a much more regal affair. This is where Mary Queen of Scots spent lots of time, and they spent a lot of time on her and the turbulence in Scotland over religion and the relationship with England.
We are feeling much better than we were last night. We slept well and were in pretty good shape. Tonight we had dinner at a wonderful restaurant [Iris] and walked around to walk it off.
We are staying in the Rutland hotel.
This is right in the middle of everything. It is right between 'old' town and 'new' town. The hotel is well appointed and convenient to shops and restaurants. I would absolutely recommend it!
tomorrow we will head over to the boat and check in. Then we will visit the royal yacht Britannia [part of the package we bought].
Thanks for all the nice notes and good wishes.
Take care ... Denis