The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

When my friends suggested to go to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, I had no idea of what it was about, but the name sounded cool so I said “why not!”. As soon as the show started, I was so glad I decided to go and I could not stop to thank my friends for suggesting it.

First of all the location: the Esplanade in front of the Edinburgh Castle. The show starts at the dusk, and if you are lucky enough and the weather is nice, you will enjoy a wonderful sunset all over the castle. Fantastic.

The show, which last around one and a half hour, is a series of military parades performed by British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and International military bands, and it is held every year in August as part of the Edinburgh Festival.

Here you can see a short video I made. I wish I recorded more, but I was getting too distracted holding my camera and making sure I was recording properly, and I certainly didn’t want to miss any bit of the show.

Fantastic, brilliant, sensational. The whole performance was a continuous surprise; it would be very hard to decide which was the best part.

The etymology of the word “tattoo” is also interesting. It comes from the Dutch “tap toe” which literally means “close the tap”.  Back in the centuries the regiment’s corps of drums used to play a signal every night to alert the taverns owners and “remind” them to turn off the taps of their ale kegs so that the soldiers would retire at a decent hour.
However, in the 18th century the term “tattoo” was also used to describe a form of evening entertainment performed by military bands. For more info, click here.

If you have the chance, you should definitely go!

Something you should not miss: the Fringe Festival!

I just came back from an amazing trip to Edinburgh…I had never been there before and I am glad we picked this part of the year to visit it. I really loved the city (and the way Scottish people pronounce Edinburgh!), but what was even better was the great atmosphere created by the Fringe Festival. It was amazing to see the Royal Mile full of all kind of artists: I enjoyed the biggest part of the performances and I was amazed to see so many talented young people at the same time and in the same place.

If you have never been there, I strongly suggest you to go and to spend at least 3-4 days in the city. You should certainly spend sometime visiting the hot spots of the city, but what you really need to do is going for a walk in the Royal Mile, enjoying the street performances, talk to the artists and get as many fliers as possible and then choose the performances you want to watch.

Trust me, there is something for every taste! Just be open minded and ready to fully jump in the festival extravaganza.

Here there are a few videos to give you an idea of what you should expect:

This guy is one of the very best performers of the whole festival. He’s Adam Kadabra, you can also find him on Facebook:

If you are a fan of Britain Got Talent you will certainly recognize them 🙂

Still not convinced? Check this out then! 🙂