Amsterdam in December

A short post today, with just a few images of Amsterdam in December.

The shops are brimming with Christmassy cheer…

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… baubles, toys and fancy bags. And colours. Bright, warm colours inviting you in from the cold.

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I like Amsterdam in winter. Bikes are out in all kinds of weather, of course…

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The Canals of Amsterdam in December

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…however, my favourite feature is the city’s waterways. On a cold winter night, the canals exude a kind of magic, the romance of times gone by. I can stand here for ages, imagine I’ve time-travelled to a different era. In my mind’s eye, I see people dressed in old-fashioned winter clothes. Some bike across the bridges. Others lean on the railings (like I’m doing), chatting, flirting, laughing…

Near Westerkerk, two young girls, hidden from the world peek carefully through a chink in the curtains at the dark water flowing past…

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The Seventeenth-Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Here are more UNESCO World Heritage sites around the world.