FUN-Travel: Spectacular Scotland – Edinburgh Wrap Up

August 26, 2019 by · Comments Off on FUN-Travel: Spectacular Scotland – Edinburgh Wrap Up 

  • Spent last day wandering around…

…taking in more Fringe…

…juggling…singing…miming…

“50 Shades of Shakespeare” actor

…& catching two comedy acts.

  • Then delightful dinner…

…of sumptuous sushi.

Kanpai

FUN-fact – Every evening serenaded by soothing sounds of bagpipes with grand fireworks finale!

Trip Recap – Exceptionally Epic! But not without some avoidable disappointments…

…and one’s out of our control…like British Airways computers being down…

…the day we flew back…at least we had the lounge…and we didn’t miss our flight home!

New Travel Motto: When it’s no longer FUN, we’re done! Thank God our international bucket runneth over!

FUN-travel: Spectacular Scotland – North Berwick

August 26, 2019 by · Comments Off on FUN-travel: Spectacular Scotland – North Berwick 

  • Cinzia & Fabio planned taking off today…to tour more towns…

…but talked them into going to yet another…

…quaint coastal town…for lunch of fresh North Sea lobster…

…so tender you could cut it with a plastic fork! YUMMY!

  • Air thick with smell of salt…a few scattered sprinkles…

…and nice stroll down High Street…rounded out the day.

FUN-factNorth Berwick Golf Club is the 13th oldest golf club in the world and has hosted Final Qualifying for The Open Championship.

More FF – Met Brianna Do, from Long Beach, while walking on High Street who was in for the LPGA Championship that week.

FUN-travel: Spectacular Scotland – St. Andrews & Fife

August 24, 2019 by · Comments Off on FUN-travel: Spectacular Scotland – St. Andrews & Fife 

  • 1st stopAnstruther (known as ‘Ainster’ locally)…

…quaint cobbled streets…with seafront harbour.

  • 2nd StopSt. Andrews…home to third oldest university in Britain…

…with beautiful ruined castle perched on cliff…

…& known worldwide as the “home of golf.

The Old Course

  • 3rd stopFalkland – the Royal Palace dominates old village…

…with array of old cottages…on narrow winding streets…

Johnny Cash…commemorative plaque on bench at Brunton Green…

…his ancestors came from the Falkland area.

Brunton Green

FUN-fact – The popular series Outlander is filmed in Fife and Falkland was portrayed as the city of Inverness.

More FF – Used up all British Air miles for our tour! Our international bucket runneth over!

 

FUN-travel: Spectacular Scotland – Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

August 21, 2019 by · Comments Off on FUN-travel: Spectacular Scotland – Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 

  • 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!

FUN-travel: Spectacular Scotland – Fringe Festival

August 20, 2019 by · Comments Off on FUN-travel: Spectacular Scotland – Fringe Festival 

…Edinburgh Castle sits grandly at the top…

…& The Palace of Holyrood House…

…the Queen’s residence in Edinburgh…

Look ma, no feet!

…sits grandly at the bottom…

And in between The Fringe…was full swing!

  • Dubbed the world’s greatest platform for creative freedom…

…inspiring celebration of the best performance…

…& entertainment from every continent of our planet…

…over 200 venues…with more than 3,500 shows…

…& nowhere beats it for spectacle or scale!

  • City flooded with art…theatre…comedy…dance…

…circus…cabaret…opera…music & spoken word.

  • Whatever the time of day…an acrobat…trapeze artist…

…contortionist or tried-and-tested bagpiping busker…

…will be pleased to entertain you…

…totally dazzled by the greatest show of arts & culture on Earth.

  • Late afternoon Cinzia (sister) & Fabio arrived from Trieste, Italy…

…Happy Hour at Greyfriars Bobby…& dinner Tower Restaurant…

…on 5th floor of National Museum of Scotland.

..with Barbara & Alex…whom we met on our…

…“Slow Boat to Singapore” cruise in 2016…

…he’s from Oban & she’s from Edinburgh.

FUN-fact – Lonely Planet published their Ultimate United Kingdom Travelist, with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe at number one. The list comprises 500 of the most memorable, beautiful, surprising and compelling experiences to be had across Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands, compiled by Lonely Planet’s team of travel experts.

After Dinner Sunset

 

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