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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. When it gets too cold Amsterdam offers a limitless supply of restaurants, cafes and bars, somewhere around 1500, where you can get warm! The words, bar and cafe are usually used interchangeably. The distinction is mostly seen in the title or layout of a place. Every street side, corner, canal, nook and cranny has something to offer your taste buds and mood. It is this concept that each cafe or bar tries to express in its own customized way. With going out for a coffee, beer or Dutch gin being an almost daily routine, the locals keep the example of how to enjoy the city alive. The Schaper-Café here above is a reasonably spacious local brown café in ann odd corner of town, crammed in just above the Jordaan. It's a couple of doors along from former premises of Bert's Bierhuis.Though in an unusual spot, it's a bare 50 metres from Singelgracht. Around the entrance is some lovely etched glass, the boards of the floor are bare and broad. The bike of the café customer is totally covered with snow. It just stopped snowing. 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.

This weekend we walk around the canals and made some photos of the snow in of our neighborhood. We went shopping downtown for Christmas. When it snows it’s light dusting and really beautiful. Photo of a bike covered with snow at Schaper-Café taken at Tweede Hugo de Grootstraat in Amsterdam. The temperature is cold outside but the bike owner is sitting in the warm Schaper-Café. More snow expected these coming days. It's a handheld streetshot taken at 1/30s, ISO400 and F2.0 .

Amsterdam zat helemaal vast door zware sneeuwval. In korte tijd viel er 10 tot 15 centimeter sneeuw. In combinatie met de avondspits was daar geen sneeuwschuiver of strooiwagen tegen opgewassen. 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 in Amsterdam. Kinderen in de Jordaan grepen de kans met beide handen aan en gingen sleetje rijden. In en rond de hele stad stonden woensdag lange files door zware sneeuwval. Op de rand van de Jordaan geleden in m'n buurt heb je Café Schaper. Misschien meer nog dan in de Jordaan, vind je hier het oorspronkelijke Amsterdamse leven. Een echt Mokums eetcafé met bijpassende hartelijke bediening. Je kan hier even bijkomen van zwoegen door de sneeuw en de kou. Een heerlijk buurtcafé in Westerpark. Altijd gezellig, goede sfeer en een goede hap voor niet teveel geld. Ook heel leuk tijdens voetbalwedstrijden!!! Het was net gestopt met sneeuwen. De sneeuw zorgde zoals gebruikelijk ook voor gezellige taferelen. Zo lang als ik me kan heugen word ik blij van sneeuw. Ziet deze besneeuwde fiets er niet mooi uit? De eigenaar van deze fiets zit nog lekker warm in Café Schaper. In ieder geval wordt het een glad en koud ritje naar huis. Volgens mij is beter om de fiets te laten staan en naar huis lopen.

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  1. CrispyFotos (zPRIME) 46 months ago | reply

    Wow. Simply amazing tonality ... have to say that everytime I see your stuff!

  2. m a r cw 46 months ago | reply

    um espetáculo de foto...

  3. marcellucray 39 months ago | reply

    ..we missen de sneeuw een beetje...

  4. änder grethen 39 months ago | reply

    Nice shot and....made perfectly

  5. agedsenator 38 months ago | reply

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  6. olheiny 37 months ago | reply

    Great capture!

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  8. murpNL 31 months ago | reply

    Wonderful picture! Greetings murpNL

  9. Javier Maubecin 30 months ago | reply

    Increíble, no sabía que nevaba en Ámsterdam.

  10. 彡erlingsi 28 months ago | reply

    Love it, very good

  11. Saint Claire Studio 28 months ago | reply

    Super capture! Full of charm and seasonal cheer!

  12. Leoraul 28 months ago | reply

    Explored via Images of Music, while listening Snowfall by Tony Bennett

  13. christmasaround.theworld 5 months ago | reply

    Hi there. I really like this picture and would love it to be included in a competition I'm running, "Christmas Around The World". We're inviting photographers and writers to submit works showcasing how Christmas varies from country to country. Chosen entries will be exhibited on the 12th December in Llandudno, Wales.

    Let me know if you're interested. My site can be found here -


    Many thanks,


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