Such a massive day yesterday! The last Queens Day for some time to come, as the old Queen (Beatrix) abdicated to make room for her son, the New King Willem-Alexander!
I didn’t want to miss a minute of it, and I also wanted to make sure I didn’t miss out on seeing things I missed last year.
So we got up and donned our orange, and headed out on foot through the masses of crowds and street stalls.
We made our way through Vondel Park which is reserved each year for the childrens markets, then from there over to Museum Plein.
Then up around the Grachten Gordel into the Negen Straatjes where we paused for coffee and food before making our way to the Dam.
We wound our way back through the crowds and were by that time in search of a pub in which to have a seat and watch the passers by.
We found a wonderful little bar where we could not only see all the dignitaries arriving in their cars, but they had a big screen projection of the proceedings going on.
(A translation of the King’s speech for those who are interested.)
From there we made our way down to the Spui.
We made it through Leidseplein,
… and down the Overtoom before giving up on the streets and deciding to fight our way through the crowds in Vondle Park again. At least the wheeled traffic was at a minimum in there!
It was a massive day out, and we both came home exhausted.
Perhaps next year we can … something different?
LONG LIVE THE KING!