of Queen’s Day – it’s party time!

Happy Queen’s Day!

For a full 24 hours each April 30, the country explodes in a burst of orange merriment, free concerts and flea markets to celebrate the Queen’s birthday. It’s madness.

If you’d like a glimpse of the orange craze that is about to descend on the Netherlands, check out this amazing Nederland van Boven (the Netherlands from Above) clip.

Skip ahead to 2:30 to see orange-clad party animals roaming the streets of Amsterdam, to 4:30 for a view of the logjammed canals, and to 8:30 to see the huge scale of this national party!

Here’s a picture of the Man and I last year on Queen’s Day in Utrecht.

I’m off to go root through my wardrobe now for something bright and a little garish. I’ll see you on the other side!