In my beautiful neighbourhood

It was the night before Queen's Day and all through the streets there was a happy buzz of people who knew there was no work or school tomorrow.

Intrigued, I went for a walk around my new local neighbourhood in Amsterdam's Old West. I took my camera with me and was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to find flashes of Dutch patriotism all around me; tulips, bikes, bunting and of course, many pops of orange. Lots of orange, even in truly unexpected places like a half eaten satsuma left on a table outside a shop... Not to be out done by the locals I made my own Queen's Day orange bunting for our flat. What do you think?

Frances M. Thompson

Londoner turned wanderer, Frankie is an author, freelance writer and blogger. Currently based in Amsterdam, Frankie was nomadic for two years before settling down with her Australian partner and having a baby boy in July 2015. In 2017, she launched WriteNOW Cards, affirmation cards for writers that help build a productive and positive writing practice. When not writing contemporary fiction, Frankie shops for vintage clothes, dances to 70s disco music and chases her son around Amsterdam.
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