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Amsterdam ready for a white Christmas

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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 -2 degrees Celsius. The heavy snowfall is 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. Photo taken handheld on scooter saddle at 1/6 sec. ISO400 and F 2.0

In Amsterdam zijn vandaag grote hoeveelheden aan sneeuw gevallen. Metingen van 15 tot 25 centimeter. Het is weer wit en glad in heel Nederland. Op sommige plaatsen viel meer dan 10 centimeter sneeuw in een uur! Zware sneeuwval zorgt voor grote chaos op de weg. Van m'n werk naar huis met de auto deed ik er maar liefst 2:20 uur over terwijl ik er normaal maar 20 minuten over doe! Volgens de ANWB is er in de Randstad sprake van dramatische toestanden. Ook de verschillende vervoersbedrijven hebben last van de sneeuw. Zo heeft het GVB in Amsterdam alle bussen per direct van de weg gehaald. Schiphol heeft eveneens veel last van de sneeuwval. Bijna alle vluchten binnen Europa hebben vertraging of zijn geannuleerd. De Alarmcentrale beleeft vrijdag topdrukte door ongevallen op de Nederlandse wegen, veroorzaakt door de sneeuwval. Tot half acht vrijdagavond kwamen er 960 meldingen binnen van aanrijdingen. Naast de overlast die de sneeuw en gladheid gaf, zorgt het ook voor mooie plaatjes in de Amsterdamse binnenstad en veel plezier bij de kinderen. Het KNMI heeft vanavond om 21.00 uur het weeralarm beëindigd. ,,Maar daarmee zijn de problemen nog lang niet voorbij. De waarschuwing voor sneeuwbuien en gladheid blijft van kracht''. 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. Of natuurlijk even naar buiten te gaan om wat mooie plaatjes te schieten.

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  1. Fab and World 40 months ago | reply

    Very good shot, very nice.

  2. desertstorm1929 40 months ago | reply

    Thanks Ben for transporting me back to the Brouwersgracht in winter. I hope to visit again to be able to experience this "coziness" you speak of in the Netherlands during the colder months.

  3. soleá 40 months ago | reply

    mooi perspectief Ben
    mooi stukje amsterdam natuurlijk ook!!
    het is een mooie plaat 'an sich'
    great

  4. Anto57 - 40 months ago | reply

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  5. deerephoto 40 months ago | reply

    Great picture. I love the new fallen snow.

  6. jordan klein 40 months ago | reply

    beautiful! i wish i could download it for my wallpaper :(

  7. Chiradeep. 39 months ago | reply

    Awesome Image. Great Aesthetic Sense.

  8. Ian@NZFlickr 39 months ago | reply

    Have a Good Night and Sweet Dreams!

    Night & Morning on Flickr!

  9. AehoHikaruki 39 months ago | reply


    I saw this in the 200+ Faves group and Faved it.

  10. denismartin 39 months ago | reply

    wonderful !
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  11. #ARTIE# [deleted] 39 months ago | reply

    Bella imagem !!!

  12. A Girl Next door 38 months ago | reply

    Wonderful work!
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  14. neuzaguimaraes [deleted] 37 months ago | reply

    brilhante!

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  16. zPRIME 34 months ago | reply

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

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