WALKING down the Royal Mile, it is hard not to feel proud as a Scot. This reaction goes beyond patriotism to feeling part of a giant national family.
Every cobble is steeped in history, each building tells a story and, come rain, hail or shine, the strip is buzzing with life from locals going about their day to sightseers soaking up the scenery.
There is real heritage woven into the fabric of the street.
Fitting then that fashion house Missoni put its first hotel there almost four years ago.
The brand famed for its vibrant zig-zag pattern knitwear is equally synonymous with heritage and keeping it in the family.
On Thursday, patriarch Ottavio ‘Tai’ Missoni died. He was 92 years old.
He co-founded the label with wife Rosita in 1953, a business that his sons, daughters and grandchildren all work in to this very day.
It is a brand coveted by the fashion world globally, and its designs are instantly recognisable irrespective of whether fashion takes your fancy or not.
The legacy that Tai has left is really rather awe inspiring, it included him running for Italy in the 1948 London Olympic Games.
So, the next time you are wandering down the Royal Mile and find yourself passing by the hotel, why not pop into his world?
Grab a glass of Prossecco make a toast to Tai.