I "Kilt" them in Scotland.Edinburgh's Castle, I wondered if I was being watched?
I had wandered up the hill, crossed the Esplanade (drill field) and entered through the spiked front gate.
Crowds all around me snapped photos and dodged quick bursts of rain, amid the military spectacle of this fabled Scottish landmark.
But, could this guard actually see me.... or anyone else?
August 5-27, the "temporary" bleachers will be filled nightly as the Military Tattoo is performed on the very ground I had just walked on to reach the entrance.
They are set up each year for the gala month-long gathering of pipers and dancers.
"Three months to build, about 30 days of use, and then, disassembled and stored," he said with a delightful heavy brogue.
Later, as I walked and cabbed about the three levels of the city, I saw a reminder of the recent Brexit vote that allowed Britain to leave the European Union.
Scotland, and others in the United Kingdom, had voted to remain.
We don't have such a lofty view of our colorful stretch near the Battery.
And we have never had flapping banners hanging overhead.
Another "rainbow" was sighted along the tour route.
This was a salute of LGBT support after the recent massacre in Orlando, Florida.
Looking over a projecting cannon, I could see that our balcony room was in the sights.
Well, we had a grand view of the Castle from the balcony so this was not a total surprise.
We had opted instead for two "Mackintosh," waterproof parkas.
These Macs doubled for warmth when, later, we ventured into the Highlands in search of the Loch Ness Monster.
But, Edinburgh, with its steep hills, gave us many opportunities to hop in and out of a black cab.
The efficient interior reminded me of the old U.S. Checker cabs in NYC.
The Illusionists had apparently found ways to defy gravity.
I dropped a few pounds into the hat.
Finally saw one that specifically told us not to use a smartphone camera either.
And I tasted a few, so I finally had to ask what was the main difference between 12-year old and a whopping 25-year old Scotch?
"Mainly, the price," I was told.
Ageing took longer so there were fewer to be had. Therefore, a higher cost.
And, speaking of lucky (?), many believed that rubbing the foot of this statue would bring you luck.
I did so because why would I pass up a chance for good fortune?
And, on that upbeat note, I'll stop for now.
Oh, I have plenty more pictures so there will be lots of additional entries. (Click on the photos and links for more details.)
Thanks for riding around in cabs and peering over cannons with me.
Have a wee dram and we'll get back together soon.