Marching pipes and drums

Trip Start Aug 04, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

I will give it to him, my husband is a great breakfast chef and today was no disappointment. After a very filling breakfast we headed to Calton Hill which was only a hop, skip and a jump from the apartment. Another climb up stairs, I could hear a few members of the contingent groan but the view from the top over Edinburgh city was definitely worth it.

From there, we walked into the city and up the Royal Mile. It was a hive of activity with so many different things happening in celebration of the festival. The Royal Mile extends up towards Edinburgh Castle and we walked to the castle gates. We would be coming to those same gates tonight to experience the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and we were all secretly excited.

A trip to the Tattoo shop saw more shopping done and more risk of excess baggage charges, however there had already been consensus that some items would need to be shipped back to Australia, from all facets of the contingent. We walked across to St Andrews Square and watched Master X terrorise the birds, and the occasional tourist, in the park.

Then it was onto the Hard Rock Cafe for a feast. My cocktail was called the 'blue devil' and I don't think my tongue will ever be the same again. Plenty of music, food and laughs and it was such an enjoyable meal, you rarely do wrong with a Hard Rock. The souvenier glasses that my bro and I got from our cocktails just added to the packing challenge.

Back to the apartment to prepare for the Tattoo and some members could be seen donning the thermal underwear.........We left early for the castle and the crowds were already gathered when we got there. The line up didn't take as long as I expected and our seats were up the top of the stand, under a bit of shelte thankfullyr, and with a fantastic view of both the castle and the parade ground.

Putting the experience of the Tattoo into words is extremely difficult but it was simply magic. There were so many talented performers, matched with the changing of patterns and colours of lights onto the castle. All the bands used creative formations and put on a very entertaining show. The bagpipes travel through your whole body and my only negative comment would be that I expected to see more bagpipe numbers. However this did not take away from the absolutely spectacular event that it was, and one that I hope I can see again, one day.

A walk home through the crowds was interesting, especially trying to manouvre the stroller through the people on the cobblestone streets. A trip to maccas sufficed for the evening meal and everyone was early to bed.
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