We are now in Edinburgh, the capitol of Scotland since the fifteenth century. It is the home of the Scottish Parliament and the seat of the monarchy when in Scotland. Because of its cultural and historical attractions, Edinburgh is the second most popular tourist destination in the United Kingdom, after London. Our apartment is ideally situated within the "Old Town", just below Edinburgh Castle. The annual Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place later this summer at the castle. This event evolved from an ancient act of signaling local taverns by means of pipes and drums to stop serving drinks to soldiers so they could return to the base at a reasonable hour. In Scottish, this was called the "Doe den tap toe" or "close the tap" and was the last duty call for the day. This eventually turned into a ceremonial form of evening entertainment.
Carl and Lorraine Aveni are two retirees planning on traveling through Europe for at least one year.