You get fabulous views from the top of the Mound, in Edinburgh’s city centre. Down the curved road to Princes Street and it’s line of shops and through the gaps to the Firth of Forth, and Fife beyond that. Its a stunning view and one that needs to be savoured, taken-in over time… and I’ve found the perfect place in which to do so.
Cafe Musa sits right at the top of the Mound, in between the Assembly Hall and Wash Bar. This sketch is the view from one of their windows over looking the crowds that now fill the square below to see the Fringe shows performing.Their coffee is delicious, as is their tea, and they also serve a variety of sandwiches, baked potatoes etc to fill you up mid Fringe. Plus a bonus for me, they have gluten free cake 🙂
Sketching on Frederick Street this evening, soaking up the Fringe atmosphere and waiting for my take-away Chinese to be cooked. Suddenly woosh! – these two jets flashed across the skies, and my sketch.
They fly low over every night while the Tattoo is on at Edinburgh Castle, and what a noise they make! 🙂
In the background of the sketch you will see the Tattoo stands, erected each year for the event. If you are visiting the Tattoo have a fabulous time, by all accounts it is quite a spectacle. I’m not sure who the statue is of at the top of the road, can anyone tell me?
This sketch shows a return to my Letraset pens I was using a few months back, much quicker and less fiddley than the watercolour, and more vivid colours.
Below is the black and white version, before I added the colour.
The Royal Mile is alive with tourists, the street acts are beginning to fill the air with cries and laughter. And today the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013 programme was launched.
With more than 2870 shows taking part in this year’s event it is their biggest ever programme, and heralds the beginning of Edinburgh’s Festival season.
These free programmes will soon be in every coffee house/pub/cafe in the city but today they were a little hard to find, I got mine from the Fringe information shop on the Royal Mile.
For more information, including a digital version to view online visit the Fringe website HERE
On a walk through the madness of the Royal Mile in Festival Fringe time I spotted these performers. Dressed in Victorian clothed they all white painted faces, black eyes and lips, and holding frames up to their faces.
I’m not sure what their show was about but it may have something to do with miscarriages of justice?
As the festival enters it’s final week in Edinburgh the Royal Mile will begin to lose the crowds of tourists, and the fringe acts desperately trying to sell their shows. And then you’ll be able to walk from St Giles down to the North Bridge without collecting a handful of flyers, like I did on Monday afternoon.
The weather sure hasn’t dampened the spirits of either the fringe festival goers or performers, who could be heard laughing and shouting up and down the Royal Mile this afternoon.
Through the downpour a sea of umbrellas fill West Parliament square where a market of stalls under canopies sell trinkets, canvas bags and bright artwork.