EDINBURGH FESTIVAL AND TATTOO.

Saturday, August 11.

Well we have survived 34 years together. Our anniversary today. Where has that time gone? So much has happened in our lives, great jobs, fantastic children and we still like each other. We are celebrating by attending the Military Tattoo tonight.

On the bus into the city to soak up the atmosphere of the Fringe Festival. So many people, the Royal Mile is packed with street performers and people. Found seats at a restaurant for lunch and to watch the passing parade.

These guys were quite tall.

These vintage caravans were set up as a theatre, the Department of Lost and Found, could have one of these at our place, and Work in Progress.

The obelisk and tower of the old Gaol under restoration.

This flyer was dropped on our table during lunch so we went along to her show. Terrific impersonator, really enjoyed the show.

Walking back up the Royal Mile we noticed that the scaffolding which had been over Shoemakers close eight weeks ago had been removed.

Another example of thinking outside the square with phone boxes. Phone and cash machine.

This young guy was from Melbourne. Amazing didge work. Purchased his CD, and that of another Aussie who was performing nearby.

Everyone intently watching and one person knitting.

Time to wander up to the Tattoo.

Inside looking at the castle.

Great seats.

Piper piping in the Clan Oliphant.

First Minister of the Scottish Parliament, the Honourable Nicola Sturgeon arriving. Greeted by a guard of honour from the Malawian Choir and salute from the RAF guard of honour.

Also received a traditional Scottish welcome with a toast from a Claish.

She is very popular with the Scottish people. She actually does what she says. A few of ours could take lessons.

Here we go.

The massed pipes and drums.

The Aztec Indians.

Mexicans in full flight.

Hope they are blanks.

Celebrating the American Independance..

The youth dancers.

The US Honour Guard Drill Team.

The mounted pipes and drums from Oman. Mostly women.

Scots Pipe Band from Manly Warringah in Brisbane.

Amazing Grace.

The castle with the 100years banner in lights.

What a great night. Have watched it on TV for years but never thought I would be able to watch it in person. Very talented individuals, great amphitheatre and amazing atmosphere. Recommend to anyone who is thinking of doing it.

Walking out of the castle.

Looking down the Royal Mile. Wall to wall people.

Time for a coffee and the bus back to Bess after an amazing day.

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