Europe,  The Netherlands

Dordrecht: Orange City (for the day) – a Photo Essay

A photo essay of Dordrecht: the town that turned into Orange City for the day. On Monday it was all about King Willem-Alexander, his wife, Queen Maxima and their three adorable girls. They visited Dordrecht for the official Kingsday festivities. Last week, I went to check out the preparations. Past Monday, all Dutch eyes were aimed on Dordrecht, the oldest city of the Netherlands. It was the setting for the yearly King’s Day, on which we celebrate our King’s birthday. 

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A big orange crown for King’s Day

Dordrecht turned into ‘Orange City’ for the day. This city in particular feels like an obvious choice for hosting the official King’s Day celebrations. It has plenty of historical buildings, is bordered by five rivers, and is easy to reach.

miniature Dordrecht
Dordrecht in miniature

On a sunny day, I can highly recommend enjoying a glass of beer or wine at one of the waterfront terraces or to take a boat tour to see the city from a different perspective.

How adorable are these Miffy clogs? Found in the Dordrecht Tourism Office

As the success of King’s (previously Queen’s) Day reaches far beyond the Dutch borders, I decided last week to take a look at the preparations of this festive day in April. You know what, I won’t keep you waiting any longer. I can write all I want about the beauty of this town, but ‘’a picture is worth a thousand words’’…

Hidden in a church in the heart of town is a gorgeous (temporary) decoration shop
Hard to believe that there is a decoration store inside this church

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4 Thoughts on Dordrecht: Orange City (for the day) – a Photo Essay
    1 May 2015

    I love the buildings in netherlands and how they look like in photos with the canals!
    The clogs are so cute. I saw so many of them in a market in amsterdam, i was so tempted to get one!

    X, Carina
    Running White Horses | Fashion + Travel

      1 May 2015

      Hi Carina, thank you for your lovely feedback! I’ve never took the time to really appreciate the buildings here that much until only a few years ago. I was born here, so I thought it was normal, you know? But now, having gotten the chance to see my country through foreigner’s eyes, I’ve come to realise what the true value is of these buildings: the history, the architecture.
      Haha yes, even I find the clogs cute! Maybe get yourself a pair next time you visit? 😉
      X Maaike

    Stefan Arestis
    2 May 2015

    That decoration shop looks really dinky – love it 🙂

    What’s the food like there?

      2 May 2015

      It’s a really great place! Unfortunately, a lot of churches close down due to lack of finance, so I can only support these kind of ideas! Isn’t it great?
      Food in the Netherlands isn’t really special. There are a lot of typical Dutch stews (Dutchies love to mash their food), pancakes of course and some typical snacks like kroket and frikadel. Don’t ask me to explain what it is. Just know that it’s meat and unhealthy, but extremely tasty! 😉

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