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On monday 11 December Amsterdam is covered in a coat of fresh snow. The snow fell in sudden flurries and gusts and turned the world white and wonderful. With the canals in the city and occasional high winds, there can be a nip in the air, but packing gloves and a scarf should keep you warm enough. There is something very beautiful about Amsterdam in the winter. It does occasionally snow in Amsterdam in February, but that almost always means just a light dusting. I walk in my neighbourhood and made some photos of the snow. When it snows the light and atmosphere is really beautiful. The steep bridges over the canals in Amsterdam are really slippery, especially for cars. The best way to travel in the snow is by bicycle, tram, walking or better by sleds. Who knows times of Hendrick Avercamp are coming back this year. Avercamp was the first Dutch artist to specialize in paintings of winter landscapes featuring people enjoying the ice. Some 400 years on, our image of life in the harsh winters of the Golden Age is still dominated by Avercamp’s ice scenes with their splendid narrative details of couples skating, children pelting each other with snowballs and unwary individuals falling through the ice.

 

This monday afternoon I walk in my neighbourhood and made some beautiful photos of the snow. The virgin white carpet of snow is crunching under my shoes. I began to remember why I love the winters so much. This time around, the canals remained relatively ice-free and there was lots of snow. Photo taken in the centre of Amsterdam at the Oude Leliestraat. People doing their Christmas shopping in the snow. The wind is strong which make it harsh. KNMI released today its “Code Red” alert for heavy snowfall and extremely slippery roads. Heavy snowfall is expected to continue at least until the late evening hours. Many airlines are canceling their flights because of the weather. As it stands 435 flights have been scrapped.

 

Op de maandag middag van 11 december werd Amsterdam bedekt met een laagje verse sneeuw. De sneeuw die viel bedekte de wereld om ons heen wit en prachtig. Ik heb mijn camera gepakt en op pad gegaan in m'n buurtje. Ik geniet van het geluid van knarsende sneeuw onder mijn schoenen en het prachtige gezicht op de Amsterdamse grachtenpanden. Het is min één graden en de grijze sneeuw wolken trekken weg. Mijn handschoenen en m'n sjaal houden mij warm genoeg. Er is iets heel moois over Amsterdam in de winter. Mokum is bedolven onder dik pak sneeuw zoals hierboven in de Oude Leliestraat. De steeg tussen de Singel en de Herengracht. Amsterdam heeft vandaag opnieuw te maken met forse sneeuwval. Het KNMI heeft code rood afgegeven, een waarschuwing voor gevaarlijk weer. Het beste advies is dan maar om lekker binnen te blijven en de kachel iets hoger te zetten. Of natuurlijk even naar buiten te gaan om wat mooie plaatjes te schieten. Naast de overlast zorgt de sneeuw ook voor veel plezier bij kinderen hier in Amsterdam. Sneeuwballen gevecht, sneeuwpoppen maken of sleetje rijden. Allemaal leuke activiteiten die kinderen doen in deze mooie besneeuwde wereld.

   

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Taken on December 11, 2017