So last night's sleep wasn't great, thank you obnoxious drunk people (sadly americans). Doesn't matter. Today is the day we are seeing Harry Potter. So we got up and made our way to the cinema, passing along the base of Edinburgh Castle on the way.
We arrived at the theatre just a few moments before it opened. There was a surprisingly large amount of people there for 9:30 on a Friday morning. The theme music was playing in the lobby and there were Harry Potter themed signs everywhere throughout the place. It was very exciting (although I still wish midnight showings existed in this country). The theater was large and very nice. Even though it was morning, I got candy because let's face it, it's what you do at movies. I found crispy m&ms. This may not seem that exciting but they have been discontinued in the States for years and the only times I have seen them recently have been here and in Spain. They weren't quite as fabulous as I seem to remember them being but still good nonetheless.
The movie was fantastic. I won't give away any specifics here for those who still haven't seen it, or refuse to (Kevin). It was very well done and stuck very very close to the book. Since it's the first installment of a two part feature, there was a less than satisfying ending. They certainly cut it in a good place but it just left me frustrated and longing for the story to continue right then.
So while we wanted to watch the movie again right then and there, we left the theatre because after all, we didn't come to Scotland to see Harry Potter, it just worked out that way. So we walked back to town, did some shopping, bought our bus/attraction combo tickets then caught a bus to the Royal Yacht Britannia. This was pretty cool. It's much larger than any yacht I have ever seen and is more like a small cruise liner. I've been on fancy ships before but none seemed so much like a normal building as this did. some of the rooms were so elaborate - especially the formal dining room, which seats 30-50 guests. Of course the Queen and Prince Phillip had separate bedrooms. I forgot that things are still pretty old school in the monarchy (although since Will's engagement there is a bunch of hype about shifting to a modern and normal crown). After touring around the many rooms and levels of the yacht we went to the Royal Tea Room (still on the yacht) where we had a delicious late lunch/early dinner. This was very good and pretty reasonably priced considering that we were on a royal attraction.
Once finished there we took a bus back to Princes Street then back to the hostel to crash.