Edinburgh Castle at the New Year

   Posted by: krmb   in Daily

1 January 2009
The year begins with my wife and I on extended holiday. We arrived in London on Christmas Day and wound our way North so as to be in Edinburgh for the 4-day Hogmanay Celebration. Today, the first day of 2009 is the final day of the Hogmanay Celebration and incorporates a new festival into the Hogmanay fold. "Feet First" is the celebration and is an immersive, interactive two-block stretch of Performance Art and frolickry. Since it is brand new, absolutely no one knew what to expect and we were all amused and bemused by the entire thing.
We started our day by walking Castle Terrace around the castle and up to the High Street followed by a slow amble down High Street onto the Royal Mile and all the way to Holyrood Palace. Across from Holyrood Palace stands the new Scottish Parliament building which caused no small amount of controversy upon it’s erecting. An offhand, somewhat derisory, comment to our host at the B&B we’ve been staying at was met with patient explantion as to how & why it is what it is. I sit corrected & educated for which I am grateful.
We walked back up the Royal Mile looking for a place to sate our appetite for it was nearing on 1500. Eventually we did find a place that not only was willing to cook, but still had food to cook. So, we ate and drank at the Tass there on the Royal Mile. From there, we did a bit more shopping on our way back to the Castle. Once at the Castle, we strode the Esplanade and took a number of photographs as we waited for "Feet First" to start.
Edinburgh Castle by Night
Just before 1900, we started back down to the enclosed area for "Feet First" where we had a grand time for the next two hours. As I stated at the beginning of this blather, it was a series of interactive performance art and installations. It gradually swung from cool, to surreal to downright strange and then back again. The weather being benign (not rainy and above freezing), the crowd was large, energetic & friendly. But, after four days we’d had enough. We grabbed a Scottish burger and some chips at a trailer and strolled back to the B&B. We had packing to do after all. It was the end of a glorious four-day adventure the likes of which I may never experience again and the memories of which I hope never fade. Thank you for letting me share.

~KR (Written on 2 January 2009)

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 1 sec (1)
Aperture: f/5
Focal Length: 18.6 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

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Wow…a daily photo blog that has run for over two years! I’m impressed and so much so I’m going to add the Daily KRuMB to my blog roll.

Great name but I bet you already know that. :)

January 2nd, 2009 at 14:59

Thank you so much for your comment. Kyle and I are both very flattered by it. The Daily KRuMB has become a huge part of our lives, and it is so nice to know that other folks appreciate it!

I enjoyed a visit to your blog tonight, too. I actually love your idea of “recapping” or reviewing your year’s top posts for your readers. We love watching our stats, and sometimes I forget that our readers don’t ever get to know any of that stuff.

Keep up your good work! We know how much discipline it requires! And thanks again!


January 2nd, 2009 at 19:12

“Feet First” sounds like it is possibly the “Festival Fringe,” held annually in August in conjunction with the Royal Tattoo (or perhaps vice versa), sort of a smorgasbord of avant garde or alternative arts and crafts. Lots of buskers and vendors. Sounds like this Hogmanay thing may catch on in Scotland, hmm?

January 2nd, 2009 at 21:18