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Scotland is the No.1 place to visit

If you've seen the latest James Bond movie Skyfall, you will have no doubt been impressed by the scenery, wishing you too "could race through Scotland's dramatic countryside" and hide out in its misty Highlands. That's what the US media giant CNN is saying anyway.

The American broadcaster was so impressed by the scenery in Skyfall that it declared Scotland its top travel destination for 2013, in front of New Zealand, Japan, Amsterdam, Miami, Morocco and Slovakia which were also highly rated.

Destinations were judged on factors including "significant" events, airline routes, hotels, available bargains and accessibility. CNN said "Scotland has seen fit to dub 2013 the Year of Natural Scotland, and what better time to do it?"

The cable news network also cited the Open golf championship, the newly created Scottish National Trail and the Dumfries & Galloway Festival as reasons to book flights across the Atlantic.

So, we hope to see you soon. Go on, you know you want to!

Posted on January 27, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Edinburgh castle

Because a picture is worth a 1,000 words...









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Posted on January 02, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Roslin Chapel and castle

Roslin Chapel (sometimes spelt Rosslyn) became known world wide through the Holywood blockbuster "The Da Vinci Code" with Tom Hanks. The Chapel was founded in mid-15th century and is located in the village of Roslin around 9 miles south of Edinburgh, on the north bank of the North Esk.

The movie features the Chapel itself as well as Roslin Castle (early 14th century), a partially ruined castle only a few hundred metres from the famous Chapel.





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Posted on January 02, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Edinburgh's ice rink

yep, it's this time of the year again. The ice rink opened on 29th November until 6th January. It is located in East Princes Street gardens (just below the castle) and it is also one of Europe's most spectacular winter attractions. With its stunning setting it's one of the most beautiful too. There'll be festive food and drink, included mulled wine to enjoy.

So for a great day out with all the family get your skates on and have a go.

£9.95 per adult | £8.95 per child under 16 | £6.50 per child under 7.

£29.49 for a family of 4.

Off peak prices apply.

Posted on December 02, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Kat Healy ALBUM SHOW - Saturday 8 December

The fabulous Kat Healy will be celebrating the release of her debut album 'Be Still Gentle Kind' with an intimate gig in the beautiful surroundings of St Marks Art Space. The gig will be on Saturday 8 December from 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm.

The Cairn String Quartet will be joining Kat live at the show on the 8th Dec. Please help spread the word and share/post/shout about the gig!!

"Be Still Gentle Kind is equal parts soulful, sweet and soothing, and rewards repeat listening. Fans of Joni Mitchell and Cat Power really ought to be picking this up and running with it" (Stu Lewis, The Tidal Wave of Indifference).

"Kat has a stage presence which mixes vulnerability with good humour and has a voice and songs which drip with fragile emotion" (Edinburgh Spotlight).

For full bio please go tohttp://www.kathealymusic.com

Album samples can be found athttp://www.soundcloud.com/kathealymusic...

TICKETS can now be bought online at:http://www.wegottickets.com/event/194880...

Posted on November 24, 2012 at 8:02 AM

Celebrate St Andrew's weekend

Saint Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland and is celebrated on 30 November. This year, over 40 of Scotland’s top heritage attractions, including Edinburgh and Stirling Castle, will be giving away thousands of free tickets when you pre-register online as part of this year’s St Andrew’s Day celebrations.

Tell us, how do you celebrate St Andrew's day?

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Hidden gardens of the Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland

If you're around Edinburgh early this August and you don't fancy the always crowded Fringe festival, here's something different and definitely quieter.

greenyonder tours is an Edinburgh-based company, offering walking tours that bring you closer to people and places you'd be unlikely to encounter otherwise, all on a green theme.

For a modest fee (£8) you'll discover wee green gems hidden behind historic buildings of the Royal Mile in this popular walking tour. Jean Bareham - founder of Greenyonder Tours - will tell you all about green "nooks and crannies" and will take you to a few - normally locked - gardens.

The tour starts outside John Knox House and ends 1 hour 40 min later at the Scottish Parliament.

Definitely green and definitely different.

Posted on July 22, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Edimbourg festival du Fringe

Enfin nous y sommes (ou presque). Le mondialement célèbre festival du Fringe à Edimbourg commence le 3 Août.

Une fois de plus, l'Institut français d'Ecosse a mis sur pied un programme très intelligent et passionnant de spectacles, 8 au total, qui s’adresse tant aux tous jeunes qu’aux adultes.

L'Institut est à quelques minutes à pied de Princess Street, la célèbre rue commerçante d’Edimbourg, et il offre un espace de théâtre intime de 72 places.

Les performances cette année incluent beaucoup de non conventionnel, classique, théâtre, historique, intraduisible, musical, poétique, et dansant ... réalisées par des compagnies françaises, wallonnes et écossaises, en anglais, en français ou tout simplement en musique!

Parce que nous parlons de la France, le bistrot de l'Institut offre le décor cosy d'un café typiquement français ou vous pourrez manger et boire à tout moment de la journée.
La carte des boissons comprend une grande sélection de bières et de vins français.

Pour réserver, et pour plus de détails, visitez le site de l'Institut français d'Ecosse

Posted on July 15, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Edinburgh Fringe 2012

YES! it's almost this time of the year again with the world famous Edinburgh Fringe starting on 3 August.

Once again, the Institut français d’Ecosse (French Institute of Scotland in Edinburgh) has put together a very intelligent and exciting programme of shows, 8 in total, to please everyone, from young children to art lovers.

The Institut is only a few minutes walk from Princess Street, Edinburgh High Street, and offers an intimate theatre space of 72 seats.

The line up for this year includes plenty of unconventional, classical, theatrical,
historical, untranslatable, musical, poetical, and danceable… performed by French,
Walloon and Scottish companies, in English, in French (with supertitles) or just in music!

Because it's the French we're talking about, le bistrot de l'Institut offers the cosy décor of a typical French café for you to get something to eat and to drink at any time of the day.
The drink menu includes a large selection of French beers and wines.

To book, and for more details, visit the site of the Institut français d’Ecosse at:http://www.ifecosse.org.uk smiling



Posted on July 15, 2012 at 8:59 AM

30 years of music!

30 years already that the "Fête de la musique" has been keeping France dancing and singing every 21 June.

For those of you who don't know it, la Fête brings every musician, singer, dancer (amateur or pro) into the streets, squares and cafés where they perform for free. It's a bit like a gigantic Fringe festival but at the scale of the whole country.

To celebrate this important event in French culture, the Institut Français d’Ecosse in Edinburgh will open its doors to the amateur and professional musicians of the capital for a day of musical celebration! The first part of the event will be dedicated to budding Edinburgh-based musicians performing in both the bistrot and the theatre. Then the professional musicians will take up the stage for a handful of pop gigs.

The fun will start at 4.30 pm on 21 June until midnight. Best of all, it is FREE.

For more info, do visit the site of the IFE

Posted on June 13, 2012 at 11:09 PM

selling and buying on ecossedirect

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Bonjour sophied

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Posted on May 31, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Guess which is France's 6th biggest city...

With around 300,000 to 400,000 people, France 6th city in terms of population is...London!

This is perhaps not a surprise as although the economic climate is tougher, it is still easier to get a decent job in the UK than in France.

No wonder that young graduates are attracted to what they see as a better prospect for their career but also life in general. London and the UK have still ce je ne sais quoi and even if competition is fierce, British employers' attitude and mentality plays a big role in attracting French folks. It remains a fact that the UK is seen as more welcoming and tolerant with ethnic minorities than France is. One simple example: when you apply for a job in France, the first thing that the application asks you to do (and you must do it) is to attach a picture of you and state you first and last name. So it's much more easier to discriminate against people.Not such a thing here in the application process where equal ops do mean something.

What's your view if your French? Is the grass really greener on that side of the channel?

There's an interesting article on the BBC website called...London, France's sixth biggest city

Posted on May 30, 2012 at 9:38 PM

More from Kat!

The very talented Kat Healy will be supporting the Scottish singer-songwriter Amy MacDonald on 12 June at the STV Appeal charity show.

The STV Appeal was launched in 2011 as a joint collaboration between STV and The Hunter Foundation and is committed to helping children and young people who are affected by poverty.

This is just too good an opportunity to miss so if you want to share a terrific evening and do something useful, see you all at The Caves in Edinburgh on 12th at 8 pm.

For more info check Kat's website.

Posted on May 30, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Botanic garden, edinburgh

A great place to bring your family.







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Posted on April 08, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Kat Healy Music

Don't miss the new Kat Healy tour 2012 with new dates for your diary.

Kat's beautiful voice will enchant us again on 16 March at the Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh (early booking advisable).

For more info about Kat Healy Music visit Kat's (excellent) website.

Hope to see you all on 16th.

Posted on March 16, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Un fou noir au pays des Blancs

On Tuesday 20 March at 18.30 the Institut Français d’Ecosse in Edinburgh will welcome Congolese storyteller Pie Tshibanda for the first time in the UK for a unique performance of his popular show ‘Un Fou noir au pays des Blancs’.

This is a genuinely moving, humorous and brilliant story based on Pie's own life. Embarrassing witness and threatened with death in his own country (Congo), Tshibanda must flee to Brussels where he arrives in the cold winter of 1995. From the first moment when he is searched by security, he understands a few things: he is alone, he is black, and he has just lost his respectability. This how started a journey of self-discovery not only for Pie but also for the western community in which he landed.

The show is in French (Advanced level - minimum B1) and tickets only cost £5 for members of the Institut and £8 for non-members.

Pie's tours go worldwide so advance booking on 0131 225 5366 is definitely recommended. Spread the word!

To give you a flavor of Pie's talent here's a video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jMWSAaGv1k...


Venez rejoidre L'Institut Français d’Ecosse à Edimbourg mardi 20 mars a 18.30 pour assister au célèbre spectacle du conteur congolais Pie Tshibanda ‘Un Fou noir au pays des Blancs’, à l’occasion de sa première visite au Royaume-Uni.

L’histoire est émouvante mais racontée par Pie de façon très humoristique et ingénieuse et est basée sur sa propre vie.

Témoin embarrassant et menacé de peine de mort dans son propre pays (le Congo), Pie fuit pour la Belgique un jour glacé d’hiver 1995.

A la seconde où il est fouillé par la sécurité, il comprend tout de suite 2 ou 3 chose : il est seul, il est noir et il a perdu toute respectabilité. C’est alors le départ d'un voyage intérieur, non seulement pour Pie mais aussi pour la communauté européenne dans laquelle il vient d’atterrir.

Le spectacle est en français (niveau avancé – B1 minimum) et les tickets sont en vente auprès de l’Institut Français pour seulement £5 si vous êtes membre et £8 pour les non-membres.

Les spectacles de Pie sont connus dans le monde entier aussi il est conseillé de réserver au plus vite au 0131 225 5366.

Pour ceux/celles qui ne conaissent pas encore Pie Tshibanda, voici un extrait de son spectacle.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jMWSAaGv1k...

Posted on March 06, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Re: Car for sale

Hello Sophied,

Well, it all depends how much you're hoping to get for your car! Selling a left hand drive car in the UK is certainly not impossible and you'd better contact companies specialised in this specific market. A google search will help you find who they are and where they are. Left hand drive cars tend to be classic cars so it also depends on how old your vehicle is.

If your car is only worth a few £100s then you could try to sell it to the "Adventurists" who do rallies across the world to raise money for charities. The Africa Rally in particular might be interesting as they cross the African continent and often need left hand drive cars.

Posted on March 06, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Edinburgh Science Festival 30 March - 15 April

This year again the Science Festival will welcome thousands of visitors across almost 30 different venues throughout the city. Everyone is invited to join in and there will be fun experiments for the whole family. As a flavor of what to expect, calories and corsets, Whisky wisdom, rocket lollies, future human, biofuels, etc, etc.

Make sure to book early and for more info go to the Edinburgh International Science Festival website.

Enjoy!

Posted on February 20, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Burke, Bobby or Brodie?

The Museum of Edinburgh is revamping its ground floor and is calling on people to help them choose a favourite Edinburgh character for their new gallery. Will it be William Burke, Greyfriars Bobby or Deacon Brodie?

The character with the highest number of votes will be the first to feature in the museum's City of Edinburgh Stories display and all completed questionnaires will be entered into a prize draw to win £50 to spend in one of the museum shops.

More information on the three characters can be found on Capital Collections, and the questionnaire can be completed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/cityofstories.

The closing date is midnight on 11 March.

Posted on February 18, 2012 at 7:49 PM

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