Waterlogue Wednesdays: Amsterdam Spring Festivities

Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Amsterdam, bicycle, Paris photographer, Lisse, tulips, watercolor, waterlogue
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Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Amsterdam, bicycle, Paris photographer, Lisse, tulips, watercolor, waterlogue
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Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Amsterdam, bicycle, Paris photographer, parked bike, watercolor, waterlogue
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Celebrating Waterlogue Wednesday with three images from Spring in Amsterdam and a special mention of King’s Day, celebrated on a chilly day on April 27. I didn’t make it to the Dutch tulip fields this year, but I have lots of photos to look back on from my many past visits.

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King’s Day 2014 in Amsterdam 2014 II

I took so many photos walking around on Saturday that I thought it best to do another post with more photos. It’s something you really have to be at to comprehend fully the extend of the craziness of the day. And yet, by Sunday afternoon the whole city showed little to no signs of having been ravaged the day and night before. I was truly impressed.

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Selling goodies

 

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Party time!

 

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Bier en pannekoeken!

 

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Westerkerk and the thousands of people on Prinsengracht

 

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One traffic jam of many

 

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Amstel River acting as the crossing of all the boats going through the city
Amstel River acting as the crossing of all the boats going through the city

King’s Day 2014 in Amsterdam

Well, Saturday was the big day. After Queen Beatrix abdicated last April 30, Willem-Alexander took the throne. Thus, Queen’s Day (celebrating the birthday of Queen Beatrix’s mother, Juliana), became King’s Day. And how perfect that King Willem-Alexander’s birthday is April 27, so only a couple of days shift was necessary to keep the Spring tradition alive. (Because April 27 was a Sunday this year, the celebration took place on April 26.)

Here are a few highlights from Amsterdam’s biggest party of the year.

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Rembrandtplein early in the day

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Doorman at Hotel de l’Europe
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Street decor
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Kids selling fresh lemonade