Since this was our third trip to the capital city, we didn't take a lot of pictures.Instead, we visited bookshops, and malt whiskey shops, and just did a lot of walking. We were drawn into the park below the Edinburgh Castle by some a cappella singersand sat beind the roses to listen. The castle was striking with the sun behind it.

If you're averse to crowds, August probably isn't the month for you to travelto Edinburgh. On the other hand, if you like lots of things to see and do, it'sa great month, with the Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh Military Tatoo, Edinburgh BookFestival and, the reason we go — the EdinburghFestival Fringe. There are many artists and artisans. On our way to the Fringe office, Patty was drawn to embroidered and painted pictures on silk, by artist Kirsten Bell — one of which came home with her.

If you do decide to go, plan ahead. Some places to stay near Princes Street and City Centre book up a year in advance. If you're willing to stay a little farther out, we recommend the Stakis Edinburgh Grosvenor. We've had two pleasant stays there. It's located near the Haymarket rail station for arriving, and lots of buses for getting around, if you don't feel like walking the mile or so to City Centre.

We go for the comedy, and saw two excellent performers

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