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amsterdam’s first snowfall






It was cold in Amsterdam this past February. The temperatures dropped. Then it snowed, a lot. The Westerpark was beautiful. And it was even cold enough that the canals froze over and we were able to skate on them. It was a wonderfully wintery February. Wishing for another one in 2013!



westerpark in the snow (amsterdam)

The Westerpark is a park in the west of Amsterdam, to the left of Central Station and past the Haarlemmerstraat/Haarlemmerdijk. The park dates back to the 1870s, and in 1883 the Westergasfabriek, or gasworks (as seen in this post). Today, the Westergasfabriek is a cultural platform for exhibitions and fairs (like Kunstvlaai, and do you remember the Cool Globes exhibition?), festivals like the Amsterdam International Fashion Week as well as monthly Sunday Markets (see previous post).

The other day, right after it snowed, I went on an evening walk in the park. It was a Friday afternoon and parents were pulling kids along on sleds, children were making snowmen and throwing snowballs, men were skating on a small pond, dogs were rolling around in the snow…

The Westerpark is wonderful for any time of the day, any time of the year. For more events happening at the Westergasfabriek, check out their full program.

Click for more Amsterdam Insights, published every Wednesday, and here for previous Coming Up posts.

recent in 5 (#25) much more snow

Ha, I was happy with the snow we got earlier this week. And then, Friday happened. I was studying in the library on Friday morning and when I happened to look up from the computer, I saw the biggest snowflakes starting to fall from the sky. And I watched, from inside the library, as the snowflakes accumulated on the ground. Distracted and restless, I ran outside, and walked by bike all the way home. I trudged past Dam square…

And through the Jordaan, where I walked over the canal bridges, cracked ice below, while shop keepers were busy shoveling to clear the sidewalks…

The picturesque Prinsengracht was covered in snow, and I watched as birds (curiously) settled on the frozen canal…

I didn’t think Amsterdam could be more beautiful, and then I saw her in the snow…

Click here for more photographs of Amsterdam in the snow: the first flurries, the Westerpark in the snow, skating on the Keizersgracht and the beautiful Brouwersgracht. More ‘recent in 5’ here.

recent in 5 (#24) snow

It’s been cold in Amsterdam this week. So it’s the perfect time for hot chocolate and whipped cream, biking along the canals (wrapped in scarves and gloves and hats, mind you) and watching the beautiful sunsets… And on Sunday evening, it snowed. Just lightly. Nothing too serious. But it snowed. And on my way to school in the morning, I had to take stop and take a few photos. Had to.

(Yes, there are only 4 photos here, but I had to move before I got run over by a truck on the bridge, no big deal). More ‘recent in 5‘ posts here.