FUN-travel: Spectacular Scotland – Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

August 21, 2019 by  

  • More strolling through streets…

…& taking in Fringe festivities……

…with Cinzia & Fabio…

…plus record setting 17,344 steps!

  • Evening adventure…

…Edinburgh Castle Esplanade…

…spectacular home of the world-famous…

…69th Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

…encompassing 26 military marching bands…

…& dance troops from…Trinidad & Tobago…Tasmania…

…France…China…Canada…Nigeria…New Zealand…Ireland…

… & of course Scotland…with bands of the Scots Guard…

…& The Royal Regiment…

…the Pipers Trail…connecting pipers of the world…

…working alongside the Tattoo Dance Company…

…and Shetland fiddle group Hjaltibonhoga…

…representing the finest in Scotland’s fiddle tradition…

…all from the spiritual home of the fiddle, Shetland.

FUN-fact – The Tattoo got its name from the 17th-century Dutch phrase doe den tap toe (“turn off the tap”) a signal to tavern owners each night, played by a regiment’s Corps of Drums, to turn off the taps of their ale kegs so that the soldiers would retire to their billeted lodgings at a reasonable hour.

More FF – Hjaltibonhoga means ‘Shetland, my spiritual home’.

More FF – Tattoo Dance Company celebrates the cultural tradition in highland dancing & has been developed to promote traditional Scottish art forms, ensuring that these cultural identities are shared internationally.

Saturday includes two shows (we went to the first) and this is what we saw from our “Room With a View” when we got back!

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