Photographer's Note

Would you please remove your bike?

This is a picture from Amsterdam again, taken today, three days before Koninginnedag, Queen's Day, the national holiday, when Amsterdam as well as the rest of Holland will be one big, orange party.

30 April was the birthday of the former Queen, Juliana, so this day was the national holiday in the Netherlands and her daughter Beatrix decided when she became the Queen, that this still would be the Dutch holiday. Queen Beatrix visits every year on this day together with the whole Royal Family two cities anywhere in Holland. This year she'll go the Den Haag (The Hague, where she also lives) and Scheveningen. But also in the rest of the country there are a lot of festivities on this day. This year the party will be even bigger, cause on 30 April 2005, Beatrix is exactly 25 years the Dutch Queen!

But what has this picture to do with Koninginnedag?
Well, this picture shows you bicycles on het Stationsplein (Station Square) in Amsterdam with on the background de Fietsenflat (Bicycle Flat). And the little yellow sign tells us that it is not allowed to park your bicycle here (outside the flat) from 28 April (tomorrow!!) to 1 May. So there's still a lot a work to do if all those bikes have to be removed before tomorrow!

I cropped the picture a bit and added some colour and contrast, hope you like it!

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