The Royal Yacht Britannia

The Royal Yacht Britannia

Later this afternoon we got on a more extended bus tour towards Leith, a town near Edinburgh but on the estuary of the Firth of Forth. It was traditional the docks for Edinburgh. Moored next to the new Ocean Terminal Shopping Mall was the retired Royal Yacht Britannia. This was the Queens yacht from 1953 right through to 1997. It was around 412 feet in length and had travelled over 1 million miles in its service. Photographing such a small vessel would surely not be a challenge but due to where it had been moored and the surrounding buildings etc this was the best photo I managed to get.

Boats at Dunbar Harbour, Scotland

Boats at Dunbar Harbour, Scotland

Travelling onwards to the East coast of Scotland we came across the historic picturesque town of Dunbar. It had a very interest harbour with hundreds of seagulls and dozens of boats of various types. I really enjoyed the interesting photographs from around the bay, climbing on rocks and sunbathing by the sea. The photograph below shows a couple of the fishing boats inside the harbour walls.

Santa Maria della Salute

Santa Maria Della Salute Venice

This photograph shows the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute (which roughly translates to the Basilica of St Mary of Health/Salvation), commonly known simply as the Salute. It is a famous church in Venice, placed scenically at a narrow finger of land with the grand canal to the right as we look at it here, there is a waterbus just entering the grand canal in this image.

Gondola on the Grand Canal

This photograph was taken from a waterbus as I travelled down the Grand Canal towards St. Mark’s Square. It was taken whilst on a four day holiday with my grandparents. One of the main things about Venice is transport. There are no roads, no cars and no taxis. The only paths are usually about three foot wide and everything else is on the complex network of waterways and canals coming off the main and central Grand Canal. We took a waterbus along the Grand Canal right the way down to the end at St. Mark’s Square. This was one of the better ones taken over the side of the waterbus.