Yesterday was Queen’s day.
I sold no macarons, or cookies, or anything for that matter.
First off, as to be expected, everything from bodies to body parts were covered in oranje (orange)….
Shop windows too….have sweets in every colour but today, especially in orange, red, white and blue (for the Dutch flag)
If you know the Dutch, they are gek over snoepjes (crazy about sweets). Some say, a Dutch child is born with sweets in their hands.
The streets were packed with people and stalls see this is the day when everything possible can be sold (with some exceptions, of course)without license. Everything from bikinis to
Perfect for me, seeing photo props, at low cost :-). I got a few things, like this decorated bowls, for 1 euro;
a set of wine corks for 50 cents, 2 teacups with decorated silver rims, inset in silver cups; antique forks for a euro too and a set of small teapots for 2 euros 50 cents. I also got tapas bowls, flower pots and a wooden stand of sorts. A fine day out I say :-).
For the kids, we got a stack of books for a couple of euros, and my husband bought me a Julie & Julia DVD, at full price from one of the main street shops (and not the flea market) which was open!
There was loads I didn’t buy. This sewing machine for example,
And this Christmasy spade;
The poffertjes pan wasn’t on my list, so it stayed back too, along with the woman having a game of golf and the other things. I did take the teapots though.
And t-shirts, celebrating Princess Maxima, wife of the Crown Prince Willem Alexander.
There was loads of music, provided in truck bands and in various small squares.
There were guys with street organs, bubble machines and loads of beautiful tulips on display.
There were also loads of food stalls. My girls enjoyed orange candy floss, called suiker spin (sugar spin, in Dutch).
And we watched Lahmacun made fresh, even if we didn’t get to try them, the long queues seemed a testament to their tastiness. Next time perhaps.
I tried some freshly squeezed orange juice – steep in price and lacking in taste. A warning that all that is orange on this day isn’t necessarily good!
I couldn’t resist this beautiful Alsatian…..so I took him (or her) a photo.
to the not-so regular ones, with coloured strips down the length of the petals and curved/frilly edges.
I found them intriguing.
There were other pretty blooms too – a real sign that spring is here.
This year, the kids didn’t milk the orange cow for juice.
Others did though.
Olieballen (Oil balls, literally translated) took a leave of presence, from the Traditional New Year’s eve and appeared garnished in snow.
As did Appelflappen, battered and fried slices of thick apple slices stuffed with kirshy cherries in the centre. Not bad at all
I had fun, as expected. We all had fun.
Till next year, Lang zal ze leven (Long shall she live – The Queen!)