The Tattoo

My dad said that back in 1968 or so a guy he worked with and was friends with invited him over to listen to an record album he had purchased.  It was the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the album cover had photos from the event.  He said right then he thought that it would be neat to be able to go see that sometime.

45 years later we were in the queue for the 2013 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

 This was the bucket list event that we were in Scotland to see!  Lindsay, my dad, and my nephew Evan and I were very excited that night.

 We were in the queue for about 30 minutes to and hour before the gates opened for the 10:30 pm show.  There was excitement in the air.  Here is a panoramic photo I took with my phone.  

 All the bleachers, torches on the castle walls etc are temporary and come down in the month after the last show.

 I love their use of color on the walls of the castle.  Here is the massed pipes and drums who performed for the first 12 - 15 minutes, and at the end.

 Here was the most beautiful graphics on the wall during a performance of a group from South Korea.

It is a function to raise monies for their military charities, and this night we were remembering those who lost their lives in the Korean conflict.

It was so special to be able to be there with my dad, daughter and nephew.  Dad was excited to have us all there with him too!


  1. I looked it up on you tube for the 2013 season. Just a little I saw was awesome I can't imagine the glory of being there!!

  2. Oh what a wonderful time to spend with your Dad! I love making special memories! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

  3. What a great trip and so nice to share it with your father. This is something I'd like to do one day, too.

  4. Oh I'm going to have to Google to learn more! What a great evening for you all to share!

  5. That dream was a long time coming, wasn't it? So cool that you were able to be there with your dad when he was finally able to go. It looks like quite a show!

  6. I got goosebumps for some oddball reason just now reading this. I don't know if it was because it was your dad's long held dream or the whole kit and caboodle. It must have been just wonderful!

  7. Wonderful that you all got to be at this special event together! I just popped over because I see you commenting at other blogs I read and wanted to see your blog. Very nice!


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