We have been freezing here in NL since the second day of Christmas. Extreme low temperatures ( – 17 degree Celcius at night and 0 degree Celcius during the day) and snow have produced idyllic sceneries.
All canals are frozen which allows us here to go skating or go on a sleigh (see pic of my daughter G on a sleigh).
Dutch winters have been mild the past 12 years. My first bloody cold winter was that in 1997. That was in January 1997, when the famous Elfstedentocht was held. The Elfstedentocht is an ice skating race on the frozen canals through the 11 villages (Elf Steden = 11 cities, Tocht = race) in the Friesland Province. Fans of iceskating are hoping for thick ice on the canals which would be sufficient for this 200 km long race, since the weather forecast tells us that Jack Frost would be staying in NL till next week.
Today, the Dutch Marathon Ice Skating was held. Hopefully this would be a warming up before the famous Elfstedentocht.
Ok, I must admit it is not all fun at the Winter Wonderland. I mean, when the snow begins to smelt along with low temperatures, the next morning would be very very slippery.
Till that happens, just enjoy the pics I took from my mobile phone.
Greetings from the Winter Wonderland.