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Queens Day in Maastricht

Better late than never, a quick run down of our Queens Day activities.

Konninginnedag (Queen’s Day) is the official birthday of the Netherland’s Queen. While Amsterdam is apparently a zoo for the long weekend (we were warned away by another expat), we decided to spend the holiday in our adopted city of Maastricht. Maybe we’ll do Amsterdam next year.

The main event in Maastricht was the Vrifmarkt, which is a sprawling open air yard sale that took place in the city park. The space was absolutely packed with people selling and buying everything from homegoods to tools to orange hats (Orange is the color and name of the royal family). Blankets of goods were spread out two or three deep on grass. Children played instruments or pretended to be statues for tips. Dan and I spent hours wandering the Vrijmarkt and probably didn’t get to see everything. Of course we bought a few things: an electric drill, some ice trays, and 4 lovely 1920s plates made in Maastricht.

In addition to the Vrifmarkt, Heineken hosted a series of bands on two or three stages around the old part of the city. Since I wasn’t feeling well, we didn’t partake in that. There was a “kinderen vrifmarkt” as well, which was aimed at children selling toys to other children.

Sadly, I can’t really talk about Queen’s Day this year without mentioning the attempted attack on the royal family during a parade. You’ve probably heard all the details, so I’ll just link an article here. It was terrible that such a pleasant day ended this way. Some events in Maastricht, including the Creative Art Vrifmarkt that I wanted to see, were canceled because of the attack.

See some pictures from our Queen’s Day here.

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