dinsdag 29 mei 2012

Plaatjespost & Picture post: Koninginnedag

Unintentionally, we were back for the biggest national holiday of the Netherlands: Koninginnedag or Queen's Day. You might have seen pictures of these orange infested flea markets spreading out through the historic city centrespicturesque canals lined with boats filled with wig-wearing, face-painted party people, drinking, dancing or non-waterborne party people trying to make money by selling junk, handicrafts, playing a musical instrument, by offering their loos for public use or even by lending you a shoulder to cry on.

However. That's the grown up version and it's not the one we went to in the village I grew up in. After we had watched the Queen on television and eaten our orange tompouce (apparently a local variation on the mille-feuille), we put E. in the bicycle seat and went into town to see the children's fair. Don't be fooled into thinking this is the anomaly - it is not. This is what Queen's Day really looks like, when you're not stuck in Amsterdam.

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