a snowy winter wonderland…
Posted in amsterdam, photographers January 31st, 2010 by pia


While I’ve been sunning it up down under, I have been missing out on what has most likely been the prettiest winter in Amsterdam for years. In the last couple of months it has unusually snowed in my new hometown countless times, leaving a nice thick blanket over the cobblestoned streets, parked bicycles, canals and houseboats, creating incredible picture-perfect scenes…



To say I’m envious of all who have witnessed these snowfalls is an understatement. I adore snow – always have and always will (I’ve survived a number of Quebec winters in my younger years and loved each and every freezing moment) – and to know that I have missed something so unique and spectacular is fairly heartbreaking. Of course I know that so much snow and slippery ice brings chaos to such a city but still, it’s one of those natural phenomenons that continually manage to surprise and delight me. Unfortunately the snow has stopped falling and the Amsterdam that I will go back to in a week’s time will most likely be the rainy, dark, and very cold one I’ve come to know so well.


But the good news is that my dear friends have been taking the most beautiful photos of their outings when the snow appears and emailing them to me. Their photos make me smile every time so I thought I’d share some with you…


All these gorgeous images are courtesy of photographers Cath Conroy and Alan Jenson. Thank you so much Cath and Al! You are both super lucky to have had this experience, and your first ever winter in Amsterdam to boot.






Stunning. Hope you’ve all enjoyed these images as much as I have. Cath and Al, I promise to pack a bit of sunshine in my suitcase for you.


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  1. karin klazes says

    Dear Pia,

    Wonderful pictures indeed. I was in Amsterdam the whole snowyfreezywintertime but stayed inside a lot. Fortunately your friends didn’t.

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  2. cieldequimper says

    Oh yes, this is all so beautiful, I need to go back to the Netherlands, it’s been too long!

    January 31st, 2010 | #

  3. Ingrid says

    Just so beautiful. Love the variety and the atmosphere.

    January 31st, 2010 | #

  4. beauty comma says

    we are all longing for summer here… the upside is that winter is very photogenic, as your friends have proven beautifully! i did some wintery shots today that i’m very happy about, matching them with close-ups from my apartment. the winter season definitely is inspiring.

    it’s been unusually cold in norway too. they say it’s going to be cold the next week as well, so i hope there will be some winter left in amsterdam when you return!

    January 31st, 2010 | #

  5. bali beach bunny says

    being stuck in sunny bali i understand your ‘pain’
    missing the only ever ‘snowy’ english winter
    but these photos are truly beautiful and have almost made up for not being there
    thanks cath and alan and pia for sharing them

    January 31st, 2010 | #

  6. Helen says

    What beautiful photos! Amsterdam always looks pretty, but especially pretty in the snow.

    January 31st, 2010 | #

  7. Kelly says

    breathtaking! get back to amsterdam as soon as possible!! 🙂


    January 31st, 2010 | #

  8. Tara Bradford says

    So beautiful! Am happy I’ll be there much of next winter. Safe travels. xo

    January 31st, 2010 | #

  9. bokmalin says

    Lovely pictures! We (at least I) are enjoying the most beautiful winter for years here in Sweden. Lots and lots of snow. Sunny winter days. Our so very well organized society has to cope with buses that arrive too late, cars that refuse to start in the mornings and so on. I think it’s good for us in some ways 🙂

    January 31st, 2010 | #

  10. Design Darling says

    gorgeous pictures! i’ll be there this spring but it looks quite pretty under snow!

    January 31st, 2010 | #

  11. cassaundra says

    these photos are marvelous!

    January 31st, 2010 | #

  12. Wendy says

    Beautiful pictures! especially lovely to view them on a hot sticky day in Sydney.
    I would love to see and feel snow again…

    February 1st, 2010 | #

  13. Maia says

    Wow, gorgeous indeed! My cousins in England have put up some magical photos of the unusual amounts of snow there as well. There’s something so spellbinding about snow in a place where it is rare.

    February 1st, 2010 | #

  14. Janine says

    Wow, these are seriously beautiful! Living in a mostly sunny climate, I can only dream of how it must be like in one of those scenes…

    February 1st, 2010 | #

  15. Frolic in Fabric says

    SO SO SO inspiring. What beautiful photography. Thanx for sharing them. X Elizabeth

    February 1st, 2010 | #

  16. joanna goddard says

    these photos are SO gorgeous, pia! xo

    February 1st, 2010 | #

  17. Ann Marie says

    how very beautiful indeed! snow is definitely one of the most beautiful, calming things on this earth! these photos capture it all so well.

    February 1st, 2010 | #

  18. Kate Gatski says

    absolutely gorgeous! so inspiring.

    February 2nd, 2010 | #

  19. Jen Jafarzadeh says

    oh wow, amsterdam under snow. just gorgeous!

    February 2nd, 2010 | #

  20. Christina Diaz says

    These pictures are absolutely beautiful! I love how they are all in the same color palette!

    February 4th, 2010 | #

  21. Mandy says

    Wow, beautiful. The white, brown and orange tones are stunning.

    February 6th, 2010 | #

  22. Michelle says

    Wow, so beautiful! I love Amsterdam.

    February 6th, 2010 | #

  23. cicilia teng says

    so lovely. so dreamy. makes me want to go visit amsterdam like tomorrow! 🙂

    February 6th, 2010 | #

  24. Juddie says

    Oh! These are indeed delightful images….. *sigh!*
    Thank you for sharing them with us!

    February 8th, 2010 | #

  25. Philip Hartigan says

    Dear Pia,
    Beautiful photos – great blog. I lived for a while in Amsterdam with my then-girlfriend, on GovertflinckStraat (sorry about the spelling), and this brings back cold days in a beautiful, beautiful city.
    Philip Hartigan

    February 8th, 2010 | #

  26. erika says

    prettiest winter is right! absolutely stunning! so lovely…wish i was there!

    February 10th, 2010 | #

  27. Sheryl says

    absolutely stunning photos – when i was travelling around europe, i visited amsterdam in autumn it was my fav place to photograph, so stunning and inspiring. thank for reminding me to book in another visit (winter next time). All the best.


    March 15th, 2010 | #

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    Amssterdam is zo mooie in het winter

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