Edinburgh, Scotland

For the first week of this trip, Bev, Michele and I visited Edinburgh, Scotland. I must admit that I had never previously considered Edinburgh as a vacation destination, but I have been pleasantly surprised by the place.

The month of August is taken up by the Edinburgh International Festival, as well as the Fringe Festival. And it was the Fringe that drew us here. With thousands of performances at hundreds of venues over a three-week period, it is the largest arts festival in the world. Each day we have attended at least one Fringe event, be it a tour or a show. In addition to the Fringe performances, there are buskers and street performers along the Royal Mile every day. It is a great atmosphere and a fun time to visit the city.

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Students advertising a Fringe performance
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Stuck to a Pillar on the Royal Mile
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Busy riding nowhere, on the Royal Mile

We particularly enjoyed a couple of blues shows by the group Blueswater. One show gave a history of the blues and the other gave a history of notable female blues artists (Queens of Blues). The Queens show featured Nicole Smit as co-lead singer and she made a strong impression with her amazing voice. She also performs locally in a duo called Smitten.

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Nicole Smit
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Nicole Smit with Blueswater

Above clip – Blueswater performing ‘Got my Mojo Working’ – first performed by Ann Cole in 1956 and subsequently popularised by Muddy Waters

Another notable show was ‘Thrones! The Musical’, a musical parody of Game of Thrones. Very funny and entertaining.

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After the show with ‘Jon Snow’ and ‘Daenerys Targaryen’

We did a few walking tours around the city, including one that included whisky tasting. After tasting four distinctly different whiskies, I concluded that I don’t like the taste!

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Whisky tasting with Bev & Michele
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In the vaults under the city on a Torture & Ghosts walking tour

Here are a few random photos from around the city:

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Wall of Greyfriars Church
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Woman reading in the Greyfriars graveyard

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Wall inside the Royal Bank of Scotland’s head branch
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Royal Mile Market, inside the old Tron Kirk church building
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Horse head sculpture, outside the Scottish Parliament building
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Festival Hub
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Monument on Calton Hill
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Panorama from Nelson’s Monument on Calton Hill
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Haggis, Neeps & Tatties – my last meal in Scotland

Next up is a week in London.

 

 

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