A very odd Dutch Queensday in France

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Marijn has fallen (look at the bottom and you see one ski sticking out)

Yeah, it was Queensday in The Netherlands and although we were in France we will still this day of doing crazy, wear orange clothes and party all day. Erwin and I brought our orange cowboy hats and our orange shirts. Astrid was orange as well. So was the whole group, a few guys wore orange sumo-costumes! :D We entered the slopes and you could see that there were only Dutch people in ValTho this week… orange, orange and orange… What a view.

We shot a lot of movies of our skiing skills/fails and had a beautiful day! Richard, Marijn, Bart and I took the very steep off-piste route, right under the big gondola. Men, I was tired when I got down. But this day, was definitely the best day so far.

At the end of the day (16:00) we went to the big tent were great Dutch bands were playing and we could all celebrate Queensday together.

The big tent
It was a great party with all the people and I saw a lot of familiar faces, although their faces weren’t that recognizable anymore. One of the things organized on this Queensday was a competition of the most originally clothes persons. Malou and Jolien decided to join the competition and they won! :D The price was 50 coins (2 coins for a beer), so our group had a good party ;)

 

This very nice day and evening got ruined when the news arrived in ValTho… some stupid guy attempted to ram the Royal bus with the Royal family in it. On Queensday the Royal family always visits a city and in this city all kinds of things are organized for the Queen and her family. And because our Queen always tries to be as normal and down to earth as possible to the Dutch people there isn’t much security.

The Royal bus and the Royal family
In that way it’s possible to shake the hand with our Queen of Princes and Princesses. It’s quite unique I guess.

The guy who wanted to ram the Royal bus, hit 20 other people instead and then rammed a statue because his window was broken so his sight wasn’t good anymore. This terrible act caused that 14 people died (including the man self). When this news arrived ValTho and our party was over, we were all shocked. And although there was enough beer and wine in the big tent, we were all silent for 2 minutes and went to home. A beautiful day got ruined by just one guy. One of the most indefinable days of my life… Party and have a good time and thinking ‘Men, life is good’, the next minute you’re shocked and expressionless

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Marijn has fallen (look at the bot…
Marijn has fallen (look at the bo…
The big tent
The big tent
The Royal bus and the Royal family
The Royal bus and the Royal family
The steep gondola, with under it, …
The steep gondola, with under it,…
Richards orange lion ass, haha!
Richards orange lion ass, haha!
Steep off-piste under the gondola
Steep off-piste under the gondola
Astrid and Eline
Astrid and Eline
Golden Girls! (Malou and Jolien) :D
Golden Girls! (Malou and Jolien) :D
Astrids getting orange
Astrid's getting orange
Me and the sumos
Me and the sumo's
(From L to R)Erwin, Bart, Marijn, …
(From L to R)Erwin, Bart, Marijn,…
Me, Rick, Richard, Bart and Yolant…
Me, Rick, Richard, Bart and Yolan…
Marijn, Richard, Bart and me.
Marijn, Richard, Bart and me.
Bart and Marijn
Bart and Marijn
Richard and me
Richard and me
Princess Susan
'Princess' Susan
Queensday 2008 in Amsterdam
Queensday 2008 in Amsterdam
The crazy guy (shocking pictures)
The crazy guy (shocking pictures)
Val Thorens
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