Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Walk on Queens Day

I am going to take a break from posting about my recent trip to Thailand and will let you come along with me via photos for my Queensday walk. Queensday is celebrated each year on the 30th of April. It is suppose to be the Queens birthday but the current Queen (Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard) was born in January which does not have the best weather so it has stayed the queens mothers birthday (Queen Juliana).

The royal family in the Netherlands is the house of orange so the national color is orange and Amsterdam turns orange on Queens day as well as whenever the Dutch football team is playing.

On queens day you can sell stuff on the street so everyone is out selling their junk. The first picture is from Sarphati Park. The weather has not been nice in Holland since my return from Thailand with a lot of rain and it has been cold. The gods were smiling on Holland for the queen and it was a really nice day and warm enough to have children playing in the fountain in Sarphati Park.

There are also games setup for children and often times adults as well. The sponge in this picture did not show up to well and I don't know if you won anything other than the pleasure of hitting the children in the face with a wet sponge with this game.

Next I wondered down to Museum Plein and the building in the background is the Rijksmuseum (State Museum).

Usually Museum Plein has a concert on Queens day and is a real zoo but for some reason they did not do it this year and I found it a really nice place to visit.

I walked down through Leidseplein and this is a picture from one of the streets that run into Leideplein. I think of Queens day as just one big party with beer everywhere. This street picture is how I think of Queens day.

Amsterdamers do not only party in the street they also party on the water. What a difference a couple of months make to the Amsterdam canals. February 2012

I got a kick out of the one girl pouring the drink into the other girls mouth in this photo.

I walked on down to Muntplein and then to Rembrandtplein and ended my brief walk at the Blue Bridge over the Amstel River.

It was a mellow queens day for me but a really nice one and the best part was I didn't drink enough to have a hangover the following day.


  1. I miss koninginendag...

    btw, Keith you might not know, but every year the Dutch goverment pay a lot of money to a group of indonesian rain handlers in order to clear the sky and prevent any rain during queen's day ;)

    it's not possible that every year queen's day the weather is super great (except those years that they didnt pay the rain handlers :-p

    1. Didn’t know that but the Indonesian rain handlers should have gotten a bounce this year. The weather has been cloudy and rainy every since I have returned from Thailand with the exception of Queensday.

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