Flying the flags on Queen's Day on an historic church's bell tower. The Dutch flag has an orange strip added for Queen's Day celebrations. Note the early hour; we were out at 5 a.m. to stake our spot to participate in the local jumble sale. It was windy and cold, but fun!
We made about 50 euros and met some lovely people. David was sitting on an original French Tolix stool, when a Dutch guy asked to buy it. David told him it wasn't for sale, as he wouldn't have a place to sit. About ten minutes later, the guy returned with another stool, which he offered to David for free - if he'd sell our stool. Obviously he recognised the Tolix as an original and hoped David wouldn't know its value. Luckily, David suspected it was worth a few euros and declined the offer.
This image was taken while leaning from a second-story window.
People walking around the sidewalk sale, where household items, clothing and toys were going for rock-bottom prices.
Needless to say, orange was the colour of the day.
In case you forgot, orange t-shirts were on sale for half price.
Lots of people had their hair temporarily dyed orange, not dissimilar to this stuffed animal.
Even the bronze horse wore a jaunty orange crown.
An orange - and pink - bicycle, parked in front of a toy shop.
Fruit trees at a local florist's atelier.
A ceremony at Town Hall bestowing Queen's Honours on some deserving local citizens.
The town's mayor.
A band cheekily performed "YMCA," followed by "In the Navy," as orange balloons danced in the wind. After the awards, the band played the Dutch national anthem, as locals sang along.
Entertainment was also provided by three groups of girls, who performed dance routines to American hip-hop! Some photos are here and more will follow in another post.
Since we may not be living in the same place by next Queen's Day, we decided to skip the more lively festivities in Amsterdam and participate in local events.