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Every year, the Netherlands goes through an orange extravaganza on 27 April, the day of the (in)famous King’s Day celebration. Compared to previous years, this time the weather was less accommodating, but the crowd no less rambunctious.

While we have tons of images of the day-time parties, there is a hidden charm to discover in the sight of the quiet, empty streets during the early morning hours, when everyone is already hard asleep or planning their next adventure.

Kingsday After 2

The streets were as quiet as they ever get, with a fresh breeze blowing away the clouds that had sprinkled rain throughout the day and night. A few squadrons of dedicated birds swooped down to collect the goodies left behind by the crowds, while the first rays of sun started to brighten the sky. A moment of respite and reflection before it would all begin anew…

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