Setelah Wilhelmina, Juliana, dan Beatrix…

Berbeda dengan surat sebelumnya, surat ke-2 yang dikirim oleh Ruud dan Julie Nahon kali ini menceritakan tentang suasana setelah penurunan tahta dari Ratu Beatrix kepada raja baru Kerajaan Belanda, Raja Willem Alexander, di kota besar Amsterdam.

Surat-surat dari Ruud dan Julie ini sedikit banyak bisa mengobati rasa rindu pada Negeri Belanda dan rasa ingin tahu kami akan suasana pergantian tahta kerajaan Belanda yang baru saja terjadi. Melalui artikel ini semoga kalian juga bisa ikut merasakan suasana suka-cita di Negeri Oranye itu.

Selamat membaca…

Amsterdam, 2 May 2013

Hi Indah, Iwan, and Ikyu

Yesterday was the day after the (crownings)day before… It was still very crowded around the Dam square in Amsterdam where it all happened.

The Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) was opened to the ordinary people and around 7.000 people were waiting hours and hours to enter the Nieuwe Kerk. Julie and I decided not to go in line but to make a walk through the city center. There was still an exciting atmosphere and people were still somewhat enthusiastic to what happened during crowning day.

In the evening we went to the Muziek Theater (opera house) where we saw de Walkure from Richard Wagner. The play ‘only’ lasted 5 hours (with two breaks) and we enjoyed the performance very much.

This year is Wagner-Year as to the fact that he was born 200 years ago.

Greetings from Holland and from Julie.

Ruud

People in line in the Paleisstraat (Palace street) around the Royal Dam Palace, waiting to enter the Nieuwe Kerk where the coronation took place. It took them 2-3 hours before they could enter the Nieuwe Kerk.
On the right hand site is the Dam Square
Left, the palace and right, the Nieuwe Kerk
Orange is still the colour, a lot of shops are orange-coloured

In the Krasnapolsky Hotel at the Dam square (with Royal Tompouche)
Beautiful Amsterdam
The ‘Magere Brug’ (skinny bridge) yesterday at midnight. This bridge crosses the river Amstel. No cars are allowed, the bridge is only for bicycles and pedestrians