Every year there is a big Christmas tree placed at Dam Square in Amsterdam in front of the palace. This one is 22 metres high and has 41.236 ledlights. I was a bit disappointed the lights were not on at this drizzly dark day, they probably wait until dark. But there were even no decorations, just a tree.
Suddenly I heard whistles of Police on motors and the traffic was stopped. Four black cars came speedy passing by and in one of them sat Queen Beatrix. I tried to make a picture but I am not a real papparazzi as you can see at the poor result. Later on I read she had just left the palace where she had lunch with the members of our Olympic sporting group. She doesn't live in this palace, it is only used for events like this.
A little further on there was this tree at the stock exchange square. I think this one looks much more attractive.
Close to the Central Station at last I saw the most beautiful tree I have ever seen in Amsterdam. I was surprised to see so many trees this year at every square I passed.