Amsterdammers woke up to a city covered in snow this morning. [Note: this was written in January, 2013]. Amsterdam is beautiful any time of the year, but you’ve got to have seen in under a fresh blanket of snow at least once in your life.
This is Singel, with the Lutheran church.
The Herengracht, at the corner where it meets Brouwersgracht — one of Amsterdam’s most picturesque canals.
Various types of houseboats line the Brouwersgracht. Some are custom-built, while others were converted from commercial barges.
More houseboats in the Brouwersgracht. Brouwersgracht literally means brewers’ canal, a reference to the fact that many breweries used to line the canal centuries ago.
This is one of the most-photographed spots in Amsterdam — the corner of Brouwersgracht and Prinsengracht. At the corner is Café Papeneiland, in business since 1642. In May 2011 Bill Clinton enjoyed a piece of homemade apple pie here (something George Bush Jr. will never be able to do). And yes, the apple pie is a good as everyone says it is.
Even with a Prinsengracht covered in snow, a true Amsterdammer’s heart is warmed by a view of the Westertoren.
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