Last week, I spent a couple of days in the magnificent city of Edinburgh.
The picture above of Edinburgh castle was taken from the breakfast room of the hotel that we stayed in.
I may be a little biased in that my Dad comes from that neck of the woods, but Edinburgh is a fantastic place to visit.
Every August the city and its environs host the Edinburgh International Festival and its unruly, less high brow, younger brother, the Fringe.
The Fringe has comedy, pop art, kids shows – pretty much anything goes.
Every theatre, gallery, library, book shop, pub, cafe and broom cupboard becomes a venue.
The Fringe is now the biggest festival of its kind in the world.
Also during August, Edinburgh is host to the Military Tattoo, which is what I go to see.
I will post about the tattoo separately, but it is an event that should be on every bucket list, in my opinion. Simply awesome.
The city itself positively throbs with visitors from near and far.
Bars, restaurants and cafes are full to overflowing from mid morning until long after dark.
For my trip, the sun was out, the winds were down and Edinburgh could have been a southern European city. The party spilled out from the hostelries onto outdoor terraces and decks. It was gorgeous.
With one exception, the businesses of Edinburgh welcomed us with open arms.
August is, I’m sure a bonanza for the hospitality industry.
Everybody is excited, having fun and looking to have a good time. We ate, we drank and most of all we laughed.
I was travelling with my wife, her cousin and her husband. (We are in the picture right) We met up with my cousin and her man. (That’s them below on their trusty steed)
We laughed until our sides ached.
Where is your favourite city?