Let it snow in the Amsterdam

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The Jordaan is a district of the city of Amsterdam in The Netherlands. The Anne Frank House, where Anne Frank went into hiding during World War II, is located on the edge of the Jordaan, on the Prinsengracht canal. Rembrandt spent the last years of his life in the Jordaan, on the Rozengracht canal. He was buried in the Westerkerk church, at the corner of Rozengracht and Prinsengracht, just beyond the Jordaan. The most common theory on the origin of the name is as a derivation of the French word jardin, meaning garden. Most streets and canals in the Jordaan are named after trees and flowers. Built in the first half of the 17th century to house the working class, the Jordaan is now one of the most expensive, upscale locations in the Netherlands. Believe it or not: many Dutch people don’t mind the winter in Amsterdam. Probably because the city is built for it! Ever heard of the Dutch word gezellig? A real translation doesn’t exist, but the English word cozy comes pretty close. In the Netherlands we put a lot of effort in making a place look and feel gezellig. A lot of cafés in Amsterdam use wood and warm colours for the interior combined with dim light, sometimes comfy couches and nice little corners. Since the houses are very old, it’s exceptional to get a license for a fireplace. Some places have one though. Just because nothing beats a glass of red wine in front of the fire after a whole snowy day of strolling around in Amsterdam !

 

Today it snows and it's -6 degrees Celsius. The heavy snowfall is too bad for ice skating. So I had walk around the canals of my neighborhood. Photo taken here at the Brouwers- gracht in Amsterdam. More snow expected these coming days. Dutch houses in the Jordaan are relatively small and have prominent front doors and large windows. Many Dutch people do not close their curtains at night. According the old Calvinists there was a rule that good people should not have window coverings. They had another rule: do not look into other people’s windows. Well, of course. Trust the Dutch to come up with such impossible rules.

 

De Jordaan is een wijk in Amsterdam. Tijdens de bouw van de Jordaan in de eerste helft van de 17e eeuw heeft men het patroon van de oude poldersloten gevolgd, dit in tegenstelling tot de grachtengordel Herengracht, Keizersgracht en Prinsengracht, met tot gevolg dat de straten in de Jordaan vaak scheef en schuin op de overige straten en grachten staan. De Jordaan was met zijn kleine huisjes van oudsher een typische arme volksbuurt. Er waren ook veel ambachtslieden en kleine bedrijven gevestigd. Maar tegenwoordig is het er hip om er te wonen en zijn de huizenprijzen hier hoog. De naam Jordaan komt van het Franse woord Jardin wat tuin betekend. Er zijn ook veel bloem namen van de straten en grachten in de Jordaan. Er zijn overigens meerdere theorieën over het ontstaan van de naam Jordaan. De afgelopen nacht is er zo'n tien tot vijftien centimeter sneeuw gevallen. Dit zorgde ervoor dat de stad er prachtig bij lag. De sneeuw bezorgt plezier, maar ook overlast en hinder. De hevige sneeuwval heeft het verkeer in Nederland zondag grotendeels platgelegd. De Jordaan is bedolven onder dik pak sneeuw zoals hierboven op de Brouwersgracht. Het beste advies is dan maar om lekker binnen te blijven en de kachel iets hoger te zetten.

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Taken on December 20, 2009
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