It's commonly believed that the famous Highlands Games are celebrated only once a year in Scotland. This is not true, however. From the end of June these games are celebrated in most Scottish towns until well into the month of September. In August one year, we were in Bridge of Allan where the games were being celebrated in conjunction with the Local Fair. This is something that has been repeated annually for centuries. Bands or clan parades, mixed with purely athletic activities, dancing and the main attraction of the event, strength tests where the only condition to perform is the wearing of the kilt. Along with all this fun, there are many places to eat and drink, which makes it a really fun day and I recommend it to all tourists who pass through this area during the summer months (you can find dates on the internet). At least we had a great time and that's why we recommend it!!
If you go to Scotland during spring or summer, I recommend that you make it a priority to watch the Highland Games. They're a kind of Olympic games, spread across 60 Scottish cities and towns. The games feature strength tests and other competitions and Celtic music and dance, with traditional costumes. The most famous one is held in Dunoon, a coastal town near Glasgow.
An absolute must on a trip to England. You go to the pub, eat fish and chips, watch the changing of the guard in the morning at Buckingham Palace, and try to waych a cricket match. Small sports clubs are easier to access, and in general, on Saturday and Sunday morning there is always a free amateur match, which can be seen from the stands. Cricket is the national sport, and the English, young and old, are crazy about it. This sport is played with a bat ball, from the sixteenth century. The bat is flatter than the American base ball bat. Two teams of 11 people share the court, and from there, there are many rules, which vary by region and players. A match can last up to five days! They stop for tea, because it rains, then they start again ...it all seems very strange to foreign people.
The 100th London Marathon took place on Sunday April 13, 2008. It has taken place since 1908, but the course has changed over the years. Now it is run along the Thames, before finishing on the main avenue leading to Buckingham Palace. It is extremely well-organised and attracts a throng of participants, with all styles of runners. Some even dress up to entertain the crowd...we spotted Batman, Superman, and other heroes in disguise! Traffic is of course interrupted during the marathon, and a helicopter above follows the live event. It's a fun show if you don't want to participate, and a true challenge if you're among the runners!
Walk the Walk is a charity walk that takes place each year to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer. While the mortality rate is falling, the statistics show that the number of cases of this disease continues to increase. They raise millions of pounds every year. I am proud to have participated in this event, having walked 21km! The walk from Battersea park raised £ 87,040. Walks are also organized in Dublin, New York, Berlin, Holland etc ...