Our hotel in Edinburgh is the Apex European. There is no air conditioning but we have a fan, a safe that is broken, twin beds which need new mattresses, and a great walk in shower. (We have had several hotel rooms with thin high tubs which you had to step up into for a shower.)

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is held each summer for three weeks in August. It is know as one of the world’s spectacular shows.

It is the reason we took vacation in August! We are attending tonight!!!

This years show is celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

We are told to that doors open at 8:15 with the show running from 9:00 pm till 10:30 pm. And it will start on time as it a military show.

The doors actually open early. The arena is actually smaller than I imagined but after seeing the show it is perfect.

The show opens with Scottish Pipes, continues with Scottish dancers, Military bands, drill teams, and more.

We are told that the groups that participate must apply and be selected.

This years the groups come from Scotland, Australia, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, and other European countries. The United States is represented by one of the military bands stationed in Europe.

There are over a 1000 performers from children to adults.

Superb!!! What else can I say – massed pipe and drum corps with massed military bands mixed with dancers, fire works, video superimposed on Edinburgh Castle. Simply spectacular!!!

After the show, Scott was so impressed that he thinks we should see the local drum corp competition next year!!!!