a snowy stroll to the vondelpark…
Posted in amsterdam, pia's photos February 10th, 2010 by pia





I am delighted, as you can imagine. How many times did I wish for it to snow when I returned to Amsterdam? Countless, I thought it was all in vain. But no! Because I woke up to a blanket of snow all over the boat. And as soon as it was light enough, I pulled on my long johns and 4 other layers of woolens, grabbed my camera and headed outdoors. The snow was perfectly powdery and every sound was muffled – the passing bikes, our footsteps, even the rijks bells were softer and more gentle than usual. Oh, it was magical…





After our walk we headed into a café to warm ourselves with some hot chocolate. It was so cozy inside…



Then, I noticed something in a not too far away tree. Something completely familiar in the strangest of settings. Had this little guy followed me from warmer climates? Looks like he too, was enjoying the snow as much as I…



PS then I  walked past this sign as I exited the park gates…


ha! not bloody likely.

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  1. saer says

    That is a beaut. I love the ‘sound’ after snowfall. So peaceful and crunchy…we are in the middle of an ‘inch per hour’ snow storm here in NY..despite the obstacles it puts many in good spirits. The commeraderie the neighbours share from shovelling against the ever increase powder growth..the knowing glances from passersby as one slips and slides..brilliant!

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  2. Enia Is (Almost) Here says

    wow pia these really are beautiful. we on the other hand had a freak show of weather in oxford today, with entirely random bursts of snow followed by brilliant sunshine. its makes you wonder…

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  3. Ingrid says

    breathtakingly beautiful…

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  4. Sara says

    these are absolutely gorgeous

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  5. josephine says

    the snow waited for you! you’re right; it is quite magical!

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  6. Christina Diaz says

    Absolutely beautiful photos! I am living on the West Coast of the US right now and pretty sad to be missing all the snow our East Coast is getting at the moment. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Philip Hartigan says

    Gezellig – isn’t that the word? Back when I spent time in Amsterdam, a friend of mine lived in a flat overlooking the Vondelpark. Another beautiful place in a beautiful city.
    The photos are amazing.
    Philip Hartigan

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  8. mlle paradis says

    Too too gorgeous! What a nice homecoming for you! I love the name of the park – there’s something magical in it too.

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  9. AmeeshaLee says

    Wow, beautiful pics! That bird is stunning too, love his shades of green.

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  10. AmeeshaLee says

    ps. Hi Pia! I’m a fellow Aussie living abroad who has been taking peeks at your blog for a while now. Thought I should introduce myself. 🙂

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  11. Krista says

    Absolute bliss! I feel like I just snuck away from work for a quick jaunt to Amsterdam. THANK YOU! 🙂

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  12. nadia says

    gorgeous! the bird what a gift to have had this little guy present himspef!

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  13. pia zwegers says


    these are gorgeous photos! i’d love to see some more… keep them coming.


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  14. beauty comma says

    welcome back to europe pia! you got your snow, just like i said! and we got lovely photos =) hope the parrot finds its owner. “overal zonnen”, oh well… but i guess your tan will last for a while?

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  15. Rowena says

    So gorgeous! Beautiful photographs and lucky you having snow – can you send some over here to SW England? I’m a snow freak too…. the blanketed sound of the city is amazing. By the way, did you dig out your old photogram work whilst in Oz?

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  16. joanne says

    oh, wow. Doesn’t that bird just look all fine and dandy? I’m sure he was enjoying the snow as you were! how funny..
    love the visuals, particularly the sign..verkoop reparatie, is it an antique shop?

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  17. Marte Marie Forsberg says

    Ahh, how beautiful. Loved the stroll, and welcome back to Europe!

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  18. my spatula says

    so magical and lovely. i especially love the shot of with the dainty colored lights.

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  19. liz arcus says


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  20. katiecrackernuts says

    Pia, seems the snow has made up for being away from the sunshine and the colours. It’s beautiful. I, like many Aussies, have never seen the real stuff – just the sludge that appeared during a year 6 school trip.

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  21. brittany sterling says

    your images are breathtaking.

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  22. Natalie says

    Gorgeous! You got the best of both worlds after all! Looks beautiful, and love the sounds of quiet. Luckily for us back in Sydney the sun has returned and it once again feels like summer!

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  23. Lisa says

    stunning, i can almost feel the coolness in the air as I gaze at your photos. Lisa 🙂

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  24. Ivette says

    Beautiful. I felt like I was walking through the snow too! Love the little colorful bird you captured in the tree. A last farewell from Sydney? 😉

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  25. Leanne T says

    just beautiful. the white, taupe, icy blue and dark grey colours are such a contrast to what i see in australia right now!

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  26. Joan says


    my very, very favorite opf all time among your [postings that i have read. your photos and text dazzle me! your remarks remind me of going back home to Boston, now that I live in San Francisco. A perfect beginning to your next adventure! Thanks for posting.

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  27. cezanne says

    Hi Pia
    Did you know that there are a lot of these birds in the Vondelpark? They live there, and there is a funny story about how they came there but I don’t remember. So if you come there more often, keep looking for these little green guys and gals.
    Btw: beautiful website!

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  28. circus charlie says

    so glad that someone up there decided to shake the snow globe
    and we got to enjoy it [from far away lands]
    muffled and magical – i am there

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  29. circus charlie says

    p.s. love the snowy circus lights

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  30. Paris Parfait says

    It’s snowing in Paris too – three times in two days; maybe this time it will stick around long enough to appreciate it. Lovely photos, Pia! xo

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  31. Neiti Nimetön says

    Gorgeus pictures! Me likey. Snow makes all the colours so different.

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  32. nikole says

    hi pia! great post.

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  33. Katherine says

    Whoever thought to hang twinkle lights in the snow was genius.

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  34. Ann Marie says

    how very beautiful! i am missing winter like crazy. i fear i am forgetting it altoghether. thank you for the reminder.

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  35. Zoe says

    Oh, you lucky bugger! It’s freezing over here, but none of the pretty stuff to make it worth it 🙁

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  36. Wendy says

    Absolutely dreamy you lucky girl:)

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  37. Maria says

    Pia welcome back to Amsterdam:-)
    I think these photos are probably the best photos of your blog!
    Have a WONDERFUL day and keep sharing wonderful things to all of us.

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  38. Cassandra says

    Beautiful pictures – highlight of the day for me. Enjoy your weekend. Cassandra

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  39. cindy says

    it looks really beautiful there and i love the photo of the green bird. so sweet. love your photos. enjoy your weekend, pia!

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  40. Lynn says

    So beautiful! Makes me sad that we moved away now!!

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  41. heather says

    Oh, you were born to do this; these images are crazy beautiful – I love the bird! What a great blog – this is my morning tea break. Love it.

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  42. Tuxedo Black Cashmere Pink says

    What beautiful images!! Just glorious

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  43. Leisl says

    These amazing photos just make me want to throw on some long johns myself and fly on over to Amsterdam!

    Thanks so much for sharing.

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  45. carla says

    Oh the snow. I miss it so much!
    I think the little bird visiting A’dam is from Tasmania….

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  46. Femi says

    soo pretty!!

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