We are being tourists in our own city and going to many Festival events, mainly the Book Festival and Early Music and Jazz concerts. Three weeks of it, and we can go back to our own home in the evening.
What could be better.
As regular readers will know, Douglas has his gardening duties during August, but he also likes to go to the Festival.
He was the very first visitor on the very first day at the Book Festival cafe.
It was difficult to choose from the great selection.
The Book Festival is held in one of the large garden squares right in the middle of the town, circled constantly by busy and often noisy traffic
but entering was like going through an enchanted portal, immediately one was in a magical and peaceful world of books, where the sun was shining and everyone was happy.
The square had one resident Book Festival seagull who liked to sit where he could see everything that was going on.
There were eight tents for events and two large book tents, one for books for adults and one for books for teenagers and children.
The adult book tent.
A smaller events tent.
The large events tent with 570 seats.
For most of the talks we attended, the tent was absolutely full, you couldn't get an extra mouse in.
We went to many talks and discussions on topics including the Dark Ages, Vapid Leftism, Angela Merkel, the perils (or not) of Video Games, mobile mindfulness, podcasts and poetry, book design, the influence of genes and cycling through Africa.
There was usually a new book out for each event and the author was there to sign the book afterwards.
I hope you enjoyed your visit to the Edinburgh Book Festival.
Douglas and I are linking to Elizabeth's "Tea on Tuesday" even although Douglas had a coffee. We believe that is alright.