We pulled into Edinburgh and I instantly fell in love. It was flanked by these emerald green hills and huge stone castle. And even though it's a city it still felt so green. The first thing we did was take a bus tour of the city. It was a double-decker bus so we popped on our headphones and rode in the sunshine up top. This is a great way to see a lot of the city, get your bearings and learn some of the history.
You can hop-on and off so we jumped off at Edinburgh Castle to get an up close look. This ancient fortress sits up high on "Castle Rock" and is an imposing but beautiful structure that offers an amazing view of Edinburgh and its coasts.
We came back to the castle one evening to see the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The word "tattoo" comes from the Dutch term "Doe den tap toe", or just "tap toe" which basically means "last call" and was a signal used to tell pubs and inns to turn off their taps so the soldiers would stop drinking and return to their bases at a reasonable hour. Today it is the annual performance of international military bands from all around the world, right inside the walls of Edinburgh Castle. Bagpipes, kilts, amazing drumming and rhythm. The Tattoo is only during the month of August and tickets always sell out. I'll admit that sister and I were not that excited to see this but I promise we quickly changed our attitude-it is not to be missed.
There is so much going on in Edinburgh during the summer and we chose the perfect weekend to go- right during the Fringe Festival. This is the largest performing arts festival in the world and it runs for 3 weeks, also in August. There are performances on every stage in the city, on sidewalks and in pavilions. Dramas, musicals, dance, comedy, exhibitionists, mimes.
After such fun a packed weekend the drive back to England seemed a little less exciting than the way there. Of course sister and I are never bored when we're together. Here we are taking selfies, before #selfies was even a thing.