In photos: King's Day in Amsterdam (2014)

“For surely a king is first a man. And so it must follow that a king does as all men do: the best he can.”  - Cameron Dokey, The Storyteller's Daughter It's impossible to not have fun on King's Day, formerly known as Queen's Day . Unless of course you don't like the colour orange or crowds or people partying in the middle of the street for no special reason.

My brother was in town and we began our day with beers and backgammon. Then we went on a quick cycle around the area to see the vrijmarketen (free markets) and to get cash (ALWAYS get cash the day before or you'll spend forty minutes queueing like we did!) before we joined the street party for a few hours on Utrechtestraat. We headed home while we could still ride our bikes for a BBQ with neighbours and friends. For me, that's a perfect day, and if I have to wear orange and do it in the name of the Dutch King, well so be it. And you see those brackets? Do you know what those brackets mean? They mean we may be in Amsterdam for King's Day (2015). I don't know... It's like we're staying or something?

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 putting down some roots 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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