Edinburgh comes alive in the month of August, when a series of festivals bring music,theater, opera, art, books, and more to Scotland's bustling capital.
Scotland'slargest visual arts festival features events and exhibitions in museums,galleries, and pop-up spaces throughout the city. This year, it includesa glass pavilion designed by artist Karen Forbes, works by printmaker Michael Craig-Martin, andthe first large-scale U.K.show of Abstract Expressionist Robert Rauschenberg in 30 years. Make sure tocheck out the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, where Turner Prizewinner Richard Wright painted a stairwell.
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Thousands of performers from dance, theater, music, andcomedy take the stage through August 29 for the largest arts festival in the world. Have "Bach forBreakfast," a performance series where musicians, like violinist SadieFields, play Bach over coffee and pastries, then laugh at comedian MargaretCho, who brings her act "Cho Dependent" to the festival.
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EDINBURGHINTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL
From August 13 to 29, a slew of writers and publishers willdescend on Edinburghfor more than 700 events. Alan Hollinghurst, the 2004 Booker Prize winner, willdiscuss his new book, "The Stranger's Child," and Jennifer Egan, thePulitzer Prize-winning author of "A Visit From the Goon Squad" willchat with author Karen Russell, who made the New Yorker's "20 under40" list.
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Enjoy contemporary ambiance set within a classic Victoriantownhouse. The Bonham features 48 uniquely decorated rooms, some of which comewith a large freestanding Edwardian copper bath. Check out the hotel'spermanent contemporary art collection of 30 up and coming Scottish artists.35 DRUMSHEUGHGARDENS
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Travel around the globe without your passport in Le Monde, a boutique hotel that offers 18individually-designed rooms inspired by the world's most vibrant cities fromReykjavik to Marrakech.
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Head to the waterfront for husband and wife team Tom andMichaela Kitchin's local nature-to-table cuisine. Start out with razor clams orhand-dived Orkney scallops, then have the saddle of Burnside Farm rabbitstuffed with foie gras. There’s crispy rabbit leg, served with seared lettuceand carrot, and a confit of wild salmon from Eyemouth served with a ragout ofSwiss chard, lemon, and olive. Finish off with Bailie Nicol Jarvie whiskey babaserved with macerated French cherries and Chantillycream for dessert at this Michelin-starred restaurant.
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Find dresses from Pringle of Scotland or Kate Middletonfavorite, Erdem, at this Edinburgh boutique,which British Vogue named one of Britain's Best Boutiques in2010.
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