Q-day on the canals of Amsterdam

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For those who wants to visit Amsterdam, 30th of April is the best time of year to visit. Queen's Day (Dutch: Koninginnedag) on April 30 is a national holiday in the Netherlands, It started as a celebration of the Dutch monarchy. It is mainly known for the 'vrijmarkt' (literally 'freemarket'), the one day in the year that anyone is allowed to sell anything in the streets. The night before is celebrated as 'Koninginnenacht' (queen's night). Music and dancing on the street or sometimes on the boat. Oranjegekte (orange folly) is a phenomenon in the Netherlands that occurs during queen’s day, international football championships and sometimes at other sporting events. The most important characteristic is the colour orange that dominates the street sight with flags and banners, clothing and even ordinary consumer goods.

 

Such a great Q-day party on the streets and on the canals of Amsterdam. So many boats that you can not even see the canal. The music on the boats were outloud and all people dancing. Photo taken in Amsterdam at Prinsengracht in the Jordaan.

 

Nederland kleurt weer oranje. Elke stad of dorp organiseert speciale activiteiten voor jong en oud. Overal kan men terecht voor muziek, dans, markten en lekker eten en drinken. Amsterdam heeft nog altijd een grote aantrekkingskracht op Koninginnedag. Er is van alles te doen op het gebied van muziek en vrijmarkten. De Amsterdamse grachten kleuren weer oranje kleuren met boten in alle soorten en maten. Dat wordt een grote oranje file op het water.Koninginnedag in Amsterdam is net zoals altijd een geslaagd feest. Met bijna een miljoen bezoekers was het gezellig en druk in Amsterdam. 30 April 2011: Koninginnedag! Erg jammer dat de Koninklijke familie dit jaar naar Limburg gaat en dus het feest in Amsterdam (alweer) moeten missen. Toch jammer, want eerlijk is eerlijk, nergens zo'n groot feest tijdens Koninginnedag als in Amsterdam ;-) Op 30 April kleurt Amsterdam oranje door de mensen die daar Koninginnedag willen vieren. De Prinsengracht raakt overvol met boten. De dansmuziek weergalmt van de boten af. Er wordt op elke boot lekker gedanst en sommige gaan helemaal los. Wat een feest toch, één groot gekkenhuis!!

 

  • Bob Gala 4y

    Looks like a fantastic time .

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  • GPMTZ 4y

    Amazing capture Ben. Lovely work. I hope you are having a lovely weekend.
  • Emmanuel BURRIEL 4y

    Belle fête
  • massimiliano cremonese 4y

    Bellissima!!!!
  • Maurice 4y

    Heerlijk in beeld gebracht.
    Fijne zondag!
  • Luigi Mirto/ArchiMlFotoWord 4y

    Molto interessanti anche le tonalità delle tinte a fondo quasi uniforme.

    Il deciso e consistente contrasto nonché gradevole divario di toni permette di evidenziare gli elementi principali della figura favorendone la già ottima risoluzione e soprattutto la nitidezza nei piani più vicini.
    Un interessante scatto molto ben eseguito.

    Complimenti.

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  • GPMTZ 4y

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  • Gisella Klein 4y

    Toch altijd weer een geweldige dag, zeker in Amsterdam.
  • GK 4y

    great perspective , great colors , great scene ...great city, i miss it ...i miss her
  • carlos 4y

    wonderful photo
  • Christian Vorstenbosch 4y

    Super foto Ben. Schitterende compositie en fantastische oranje kleuren.
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  • ColourPixie 4y

    Fantastic view, WOW so much orange :D Wonderful!
  • Lun 4y

    Erg goede capture dit hoor
  • liz★photography 4y

    Fantástica Ben!!!!
  • André Pipa 4y

    Terrific orange party Ben
  • Frizztext 4y

    wow, BEN, what a city you live in!
    we've visited the Netherlands on a more quiet day ...
    calm sea
  • Eriko S/VOLAT 4y

    What is a great orange day...! Ben.
  • soleá 4y

    even vraagje he.. die lappen tekst... schrijf je die zelf??
  • Olivier Jeannin 4y

    Love this pic, great!
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