This is blog post number hundred! One hundred blog posts! ONE HUNDRED! 100! Can you believe it? I certainly can’t! It’s quite a milestone. And what a better way to celebrate it with the arrival of Sinterklaas and his Pieten. Last Saturday Sint-Nicolaas arrived from Spain. And that’s always a big festivity here in The Netherlands. Children (and parents) are excited about the toys and candies he brings. Iván and Simon dressed up as Piet for this special occasion.
A funfair, right in the heart of the city. Last week we were in Breda to visit the carnival. I expected this post to be in color. After all there’s plenty of color to be seen at a funfair. Bright lights and neon signs everywhere. But when processing the images I actually preferred them in black and white (with one exception as you’ll see). That just seemed to work better in this case. Removing the distraction of all the colors and emphasizing the persons instead. Or maybe it’s just the look and feel of street photography that I love so much. Either way, here are some photos of last weekend.
King’s day! Which means a lot of people dress up in orange and go out to celebrate the King’s birthday. This year we had a special guest as Adri’s mom just arrived for two weeks. So we took her to Breda and showed her a little bit of the craziness that King’s day can be. This meant visiting ‘The vrijmarkt’ (literally ‘free market’). It’s a nationwide flea market, at which many people sell their used goods. It can’t get more Dutch than that on a King’s Day (although we should probably get some oranges shirts ourselves as well next time)!
For over 20 years my father used to work as a prison guard in the ‘Koepelgevangenis’ (Dome prison) Breda. The prison was built in the period between 1882 – 1886. It now no longer serves as a prison anymore but instead offers space for several activities to take place. One of those activities is a guided tour. My father now being of the tour guides. So I decided to join him on one of his tours. A perfect way to visit this iconic landmark of Breda and spending some time with my father.
4 days of Jazz throughout the City. A yearly festival that we always like to visit whenever we have the chance. This year the weather was extremely nice and many people had a day off. The first day of the Breda Jazz Festival (5th of May) was also Ascension Day and Liberation Day.
A cold and rainy day. Not the best time to go out and celebrate King’s Day. But we gave it a shot anyway. Normally people dress up in orange and go crazy on the 27th of April. But due to the bad weather it took a while before the orange madness started (pretty much until we were leaving actually).