Edinburgh Festival Adventure – it’s beginning to feel a lot like a family tradition here at MFin3 HQ. Every week since Christmas I have saved up £2 in a jar to treat my biggest to a set of tickets to go to the Edinburgh Festival on his birthday.
Thankfully due to judicious early planning I managed to have a boy born on the “Two for one Tuesday” or “Preview Wednesday” of the Festival every year so our money goes as far as we can make it…… it was planned that way … honest LOL
Combined with Grandma stumping up for a pizza lunch and the blessing that is “Kids go Free” on the trains during the holidays we are really racking up the frugal planning points I can tell you.
You’d never know that they were family would you …. somehow the three of them got out the door this morning in matching sweatshirts .. still it makes them easy to find when they are dressed as a wee gang.
So we started off at The Pleasance ….. which must play host to thousands of shows during the Festival. Our first show is usually a “kids one” .. that way the little red head is happy to trail around after us all day if we can keep him talking about the first show he has seen and what his favourite bits were.
The cast of “The Magical Imaginary Menagerie” …. great stories, crazy cast and about a zillion props … perfect start to the day.
Then a shot yomp across town to Nicholson Square and a favourite Turkish Kebab cafe .. it does the most brilliant pizzas at much less than tourist prices. Its a bit scruffy around the edges but Turkish waiters and kids – fabulous mix!!
… and I mean HOOVER!!! Seriously those boys can eat their own body-weight in pizza. I suspect hollow-legs ….. or something involving time travel, quantum fields and androids!!. Off again to Bristo Square as our next show was at The Gilded Balloon ….
But not before a reviving cuppa …. nice and strong and decent coffee from a Barista who knows what he is doing …… Oh and Belgium waffles with caramel sauce for a red-head who decided he could fit in “a little something!!” Seriously .. he is seven .. where does he put it all???
Our next set of craziness .. a comic who does Alchemic experiments whilst keeping you rolling in the aisles … and unfortunately this time he did not create “The Philosopher’s Stone” … so Team Colliar didn’t come home filthy rich with the ability to transmute any base metal into gold.
Back to work again I suppose
The big one loves a juggler – especially if he has all the patter to go with it. This guy had a finale that involved swallowing a sword … as street theatre that was a little too “up close and personal” for me (shudder).
The funny thing about Edinburgh is you can pop up a street and can suddenly see for miles .. that green at the end is Fife and the water in between the Firth of Forth. We can recognise the shapes of the hills at home right from the High Street of our Capital City.
The bit you don’t see is down by the water … down there is a place called Leith. Both part of the city and a very separate and distinct place. Appropriate really as we were heading for St Andrews Square and the Famous Speigeltent where a fabulous production of “Sunshine on Leith” was being staged.
I won’t be offended if you haven’t heard of this musical – but you may recognise some of the music in it ….. from our local lads “The Proclaimers” .. who actually went to the same school that my biggest does now.
FAB – u – LOUS!!!! Totally brilliant end to a busy day … and so home on the train with two very tired boys (and very tired Mum and Gran)
I don’t know how many steps we did yesterday .. but we walked from ten in the morning till 8 at night .. and got on the train just as the weather broke …. Perfect!!
So that is us … till next year of course ……… always a pleasure to spend time with my kids in a great city with great theatre.
TTFN – now it really is time to have an early night for a change These feet need a wee rest!!! So does anyone else have “traditions” like this – favourite places that they revisit with family again and again?