Thursday, May 13, 2010

Queen's Day

I'm a couple of weeks late, but I wanted to save Queen's Day for my AlphabeThursday Q post!

Queen's Day is the celebration of the queen's birthday in The Netherlands. It's also the day when everybody goes completely mad for orange (oranjegekte) and the entire country turns into a giant rummage sale. The weather this year was a little subpar, but that doesn't mean we didn't go out and have a good time scouring the markets for goodies!

This guy found a nice carpet and as any proper Dutchie would do, took it home by bike!

Queen's Day 2010

The next few shots are in the streets of Weert, a city about 25 minutes to the south-east. Since the weather wasn't that great, it wasn't quite as busy as usual. And it's NOTHING like the massive crowds in Amsterdam!

Queen's Day 2010

Queen's Day 2010

Queen's Day 2010

Queen's Day 2010

The next few are in Eindhoven when the weather started perking up a little!

Queen's Day 2010

Queen's Day 2010

Queen's Day 2010

I can't think of anything in the US that would be considered equivalent to the Queen's Day celebrations here. It's a little like the Fourth of July in that everyone has a good time and is more patriotic, but that's not even a good comparison. You just must experience it for yourself!


I'm participating in Mrs. Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday! Click the link below to see what sort of quaint things people have posted about.

Jenny Matlock


Pondside said...

Ooooh, that nation-wide rummage sale looks like a good time! What did you find?

Jenny said...

I totally want to come to that. When we visited the UK I kept making my husband stop at rummage sales! It was really fun!

What did you find?

I want to hear about your treasures!

Thanks for this fun conclusion to Alphabe-Thursday's journey through the letter "Q"!

You are always one of my favorite stops!


PS. When are you coming to the States?

Melinda Cornish said...

it celebrates orange? and a giant rummage sale...oh my gosh I would love to be fun.....

4 Lettre Words said...

That's it! I'm coming for a visit. There are just way too many great outdoor sales in The Netherlands. I'll bring good walking shoes! :o)

Viki said...

What fun that looks like. I bet there are a lot of good bargains to be had.

lissa said...

oh, I wish I could be there, those looks like flea markets and garage sells - you must have brought some wonderful object or gadget, certainly one can waste a couple days just browsing

Noodle said...

OH an orange day!!! Awasome you love orange!!!!

Christy said...

Oh, heaven...a giant rummage sale! I wish we had something like that here. Addition-wide sales are about as exciting as it gets - nothing like your pictures!

Tracy said...

Hi I love your blogs and so want to return to Holland one day to see the place properly

brainella said...

How fun; especially the orange. :) They seem to have lots of interesting street fairs there...

Meal Planning with Connie said...

What a fun time! Thanks so much for sharing your adventures! I always learn so much from your posts! I love the photos, too!!!

Angie said...

Queens day looks like so much fun! My family is from the Netherlands...I am hoping to visit one day! Thanks for sharing!

Invader_Stu said...

That is so Dutch, taking something as huge as a carpet on a bike. I don't know how they can do it.

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