FUN-video: Spectacular Scotland – Movie Trailer

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FUN-photos: Spectacular Scotland – Edinburgh

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  • Spectacular Scotland – The Royal Mile was all a frenzy with The Fringe festivities…world’s greatest platform for creative freedom…but the main reason we came was for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo…encompassing 26 military marching bands and dance troops from around the world. Beyond Spectacular!
  • Thrilled that Cinzia (sister) & Fabio joined us from Trieste, Italy and got to have dinner with Alex & Barbara…whom we met on our…“Slow Boat to Singapore” cruise in 2016.
  • Then we took two day trips…1st to St. Andrews…that included Anstruther & Falkland…where they film Outlander…2nd was to North Berwick…quaint coastal town…just 40 miles from Edinburgh…with the best lobster ever!

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

New Travel Motto: When it’s no longer FUN, we’re done!

Thank God our international bucket runneth over!

FUN-Travel: Spectacular Scotland – Edinburgh Wrap Up

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  • 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 – Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

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  • 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 – Edinburgh

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  • Arrive airport 9:15 am…

…& 10 am to “Room with a View”….

…Apex Grassmarket Hotel perfect location…

…& we get early check in!

  • Take nap – 2:30 suns out…

…take nice stroll in search of good wine store…

…turns into a hike to Valvona & Crolla.

  • 6 pm – Happy Hour Biddy Mulligan’s Bar & dinner Mussels & Steak.
  • 9 pm – Castle Alive with the Sound of Music…

…Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo dress rehearsal!

FUN-factEdinburgh is Scotland’s compact, hilly capital. It has a medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings. Looming over the city is Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, used in the coronation of Scottish rulers.