It has been freezing for a couple of days/nights in a row, freezing canals up. As the coldwave (at least 10 consecutive frosty days) lasts until today, I decided to go out and get my share of Frozen Canals.
Amsterdam has been called the "Venice of the North" for its more than one hundred kilometres of canals, about 90 islands and 1,500 bridges. The three main canals, Herengracht, Prinsengracht, and Keizersgracht, dug in the 17th century during the Dutch Golden Age, form concentric belts around the city, known as the grachtengordel. Alongside the main canals are 1550 monumental buildings. From: wikipedia, this article also features information on this particular canal; Prinsengracht
Amsterdam (pronounced /ˈæmstərdæm/; Dutch [ɑmstərˈdɑm]) is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands, located in the province of North Holland in the west of the country. The city, which had a population (including suburbs) of 1.36 million on 1 January 2008, comprises the northern part of the Randstad, the sixth-largest metropolitan area in Europe, with a population of around 6.7 million. From: wikipedia.