Queen's Day is special. This is because the current Queen Beatrix steps down and her son and his with will be officially inaugurated as King Willem-Alexander, his wife Queen Maxima.
read about the inauguration details here.
2011, 2010, and 2009.
Iamsteram's site. Below is a map of the scheduled and boat route the royals will take. Below is a map of the scheduled and boat route the royals will take.
Some tips for surviving the day:
• close to a million people come to Amsterdam for Queen's Day usually, so given this will be a bumper year with the inauguration, it could be considerably more.
This has a big effect on resources, etc., as detailed below.
• don't wear open-toed shoes – there's lots of broken glass and other crap about.
• wear compy shoes – you'll be on foot all day.
• wear orange! It's the national colour and pretty much every Dutchie will don some orange clothes.
• forget your bike – the streets are PACKED, leave the bike at home today.
• public transport is also massively restricted. You can read more here.
• mobile coverage: given the massive amount of people using the network, you may find you can't connect and make calls, and text messages can fail to go though, or have massive delays. Best bet is to make plans or pick a meeting point and time prior with friends.
• food and drink: readily available from street vendors; professionals and amateurs alike. Everyone is allowed to sell whatever they like on this day, so be somewhat wary about where you buy from.
• get cash out the day before – ATMs will have long queues and be tapped dry pretty fast. And of course, most street stalls will only deal in cash.
• leave your wallet and other valuables at home – just bring essentials. Take your cheap sunglasses… So many people = a lot of pick-pockets, drunks, or just your own drunkenness can be risky. It's a messy day!
• Queen's Day by boat: a great way to experience the day is by boat, where you'll sail down the Prinsengracht. Due to this special year there will be some addition regulations to check out as to where you can sail.
• what I love about Queen's Day is the fact the the entire city becomes one big flea market. The areas that have stalls are mostly in the Old South, and the canal belt through to the Jordaan. Tip: haggle!! And have cash and coins on you.
• kids: some of the main streets can be overwhelming for little kids, and families due to the sheer number of people and given that most will be fairly intoxicated. A safe place to go is Vodelpark. More info here.
Cheers, and have a happy and safe Queen's Day / King's Day.
Monday, 29 April 2013
Thursday, 25 April 2013
NeighbourFood. This is a great food market in Westerpark, on once a month. Mark your agenda for the next one on Sunday May 19th. The website is kinda crappy, as the English version seems to be just a dated Dutch version...weird...but in short it's on from 11am–5pm. We got there around midday when people were just starting to turn up, soon packing the place out.
Wednesday, 24 April 2013
Jeremy Geddes, Falling Echo, I sadly missed out on. Released at midnight Amsterdam time, I stayed up and hit 'refresh' for ten minutes, but sadly the 'buy' button never appeared, and the next thing I knew it was sold out. Bugger! There are 150 people out there luckier than I was. They'll get to enjoy this Melbourne skyline. Alas, next time for me! Image Size: W100 X H42cm.
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
Three Potato Four. Fab vintage store I came across a few years back, now going great guns. Here is just a small taste of the lovely things they have on offer.
Monday, 22 April 2013
Quite awesome strongman.
Friday, 19 April 2013
Thursday, 18 April 2013
Wednesday, 17 April 2013
Xenia Taler. Quite modern compared to the first time I saw her work. Hard to tell from these images but they're black and gold which must catch the light beautifully.
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Minä Perhonen is a fashion brand working to produce clothes which do not lose their allure through lapse of time. The design process begins with sketches, which are made into their original fabrics. Also, they aspire to develop new materials and techniques with production centers of home and abroad. The name of the brand originates in Finnish as the designer sympathized with the lifestyle and the culture of FINLAND; he has traveled many times through northern European countries.
"'minä' means 'I' and 'perhonen' is 'butterfly,' with a wish to make many beautiful designs like those of butterflies' wings. The brand logo signifies "various characters (dots) within oneself (rectangle shape)." Just like the species of butterflies are countless, the designs too continue to increase."
The clothes look lovely and I particularly like the two pieces above. Quirky! But the thing I love most is the original textiles. They do indeed have a very Finnish quality about them. I think Mina Perhonen is the Marimekko of Japan.