Amsterdam. Winter.

When we started our nomadic lives, the plan was to return to Amsterdam every summer; to spend time sitting on terraces and bobbing about in boats on the water.

It didn’t work out like that. This year, it was October when we got back and we stayed all winter. Jim shuddered and said yet again that he wanted to be somewhere warm at this time of the year, but winter has it’s own charms. Charcoal-grey days when spots of colour shine like beacons and lift the mood. Rainy and misty days when edges are softened, and reflections offer up blurred, indistinct images, wavering in puddles, and rippling in water. For a moment there were snow-covered bridges, branches and bicycle seats. And then for the first time in six years the canals froze over – just enough – maybe not really enough, but people skated for an afternoon, until a police van drove up and down issuing a warning, telling people to get off the ice.

Winter has still more compensations – Christmas and lights, and cuddling up on blanket-strewn sofas. At one of our Airbnb’s we discovered the joys of Netflix and binge watching. And if all else fails, there’s always apple pie!

As Sweet As Apple Pie.Β 

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18 thoughts on “Amsterdam. Winter.

  1. You’re right Jen. It takes 4 days of below freezing temperatures for the ice to be thick enough – properly thick enough. There were pools of water on the ice, and in places I could see the ice moving as people skated at speed. I thought they were mad, but they were that desperate to skate on natural ice.

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  2. Oh my gosh the canal is frozen. Such beautiful photos, Tracy. I am one of the people who appreciate winter even if it’s dark and moody πŸ™‚ I see romance in autumn and winter. The first time I visited Europe (Germany, France and London) was in winter, I was there to visit my hubby who was then doing his post-grad, and the winter scenes during the weeks I was there left such a beautiful impression of winter πŸ™‚ Thanks for this post, Tracy. Such a nice feeling to be able to remember our past just by reading a post like yours.

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  3. Beautiful photos! I don’t handle the cold weather very well, but winter does have its charms especially around Christmas time. Pie and Netflix are good plans any time of year πŸ™‚

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