Passing on a cosy feel this winter

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Gezellig. The word gezellig encompasses Dutch culture. It goes beyond its literal translation of ‘cosy, quaint or comfortable’, and can also be used to describe having coffee with a friend, reading a good book or spending time with family. Though Amsterdam is not a particularly snowy city, it does tend to snow for a few weeks in the winter. During this time, you might fall off of your bike and public transport might stop running but hey, Amsterdam sure does look gezellig. So bundle up, go outside and play in the snow! Need a place to play? Visit the canals at the Jordaan, it's looks gorgeous in the snow. Walk around the Jordaan district in the evening and you’ll probably to notice something missing: curtains! The Dutch are masters of cosy interior design and have no problem showing off their work of art. Want to make your home gezellig? Buy loads of candles, plants, funky light fixtures and adopt a few pets. For nice interior design boutiques, check out the Negen straatjes - Nine Streets district. It is the first time in four years time that the Netherlands received so much snowfall. According to the National weather center KNMI. In some parts of the north of Holland lies between 7 to 9 inches of snow. The last time this occurred was in 2005. Normally the Netherlands get no more than between 3 and 5 inches of snow. It does occasionally snow in Amsterdam in December, but that almost always means just a light dusting. If you think the city is attractive in dry weather, just wait until you wake up one morning to see it covered in a thin coat of fresh snow. 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.

This weekend we walk around the canals and made some photos of the snow in of our neighborhood. When it snows it’s light dusting and 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. Last night extreme temperature of -9 degrees Celsius. This is rare since the winter has not yet started. The heavy snowfall is too bad for ice skating. Photo taken here at Bloemgracht in Amsterdam. More snow expected these coming days. It's a handheld streetshot at 1/30s, ISO640 and F2.0 .

Koning Winter tast diep in de buidel. Woensdag 15 december 2010 was het al snijdend koud met extreem lage temperaturen en veel wind. Nu is de wind omgewisseld voor sneeuwval bij nog steeds ver onder normale waarden op de thermometers. Het levert ons van alles op. Overlast, maar zeker ook winterpret en prachtige plaatjes. Een record is het niet, maar met de komst van sneeuw aan het einde van november, valt de winter vroeg. Heel Nederland werd afgelopen week getrakteerd op een dik pak sneeuw. Dit leverde voor het verkeer de nodige overlast op, maar er was ook veel plezier zoals hier in Amsterdam. De sneeuw zorgde zoals gebruikelijk ook voor gezellige taferelen. Zo lang als ik me kan heugen word ik blij van sneeuw. Kinderen in de Jordaan grepen de kans met beide handen aan en gingen sleetje rijden. In de stad reden auto's stapvoets. Op sommige plekken kwamen automobilisten zelfs helemaal niet meer vooruit. Het vliegverkeer op Schiphol wordt ernstig gehinderd door sneeuwval. Volgens de luchtverkeersleiding was er slechts één baan beschikbaar. Nee, we zijn het niet meer gewend? We zijn de afgelopen 10 jaar misschien gewoon sufgeluld door klimaat terroristen die ons voorgespiegeld hebben dat er nooit meer winters zullen komen en ook nog eens dat dat allemaal onze eigen schuld is ook nog. En nu één klein beetje zonne-inactiviteit en húp het is ineens gewoon weer winter...

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  1. koko_pictures 51 months ago | reply

    Heel avontuurlijk langs die grachten zwoegen door de sneeuw......& op de fiets......geweldig!

  2. Marilyn's foto's 51 months ago | reply

    mooie winteropname!!.Ik hoop dat het weer gauw opnieuw gaat sneeuwen
    This is beautiful!
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  3. Blunder 51 months ago | reply

    Ik krijg trek in zuurkool met worst. Dat is ook gezellig.

  4. MarculescuEugenIancuD60Alaska 51 months ago | reply

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  5. Het broertje van.. [deleted] 51 months ago | reply

    Zo mooi man deze!!!

    Janwillem

  6. Little Grey 51 months ago | reply

    your photography is always so amazing and interesting to look at...

  7. pysz825 51 months ago | reply

    beautiful picture :) great job!!

  8. sues passion 51 months ago | reply

    thanks so much for sharing, this is so nice
    your word and description is perfect
    hi from Canada!

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  10. Jennyfer Vigue 44 months ago | reply

    Very beautiful atmosphere...

  11. JaruwanJaa 40 months ago | reply

    It's a beautiful winter but potential for cruelty.
    In my country. Despite the cold, not too much.
    But some people like it. Many say it is beautiful.
    Real...?My feeling.., I like the beauty of the nature but I do not like the torture atmosphere.
    This is winter in some areas in my country.
    I think it is beautiful but different the Nature beauty of your country.
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  12. CamerOB-photography 39 months ago | reply

    Prachtig winterbeeld !

  13. Sole & Luna 38 months ago | reply

    Nice photo and Lovely atmosphere!!

  14. LadyMarion08 38 months ago | reply

    great great shot!

  15. Fred Matos 24 months ago | reply


    I saw this in the 100+ Faves group and Faved it.

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