Winter fun Dutch-style

When the temperature dips below freezing, the Dutch are in a celebratory mood. The atmosphere is festive.  Many even take holidays from work.  Two things are possible then:

  • With snow, everyone with be out with their sleds or making snowmen. Because the country is flat, every little incline like a dike will be converted into an instant skiing or downhill sleighing course.  This is the case in our area because ours is a dike house.
  • With ice, that’s when the temperature remains sub-zero for so many days that the canals freeze, everyone will be out skating in the open.  This was the case almost 3 years ago when we had sustained cold spell at the beginning of 2009.  We drove to Kinderdijk which was about an hour’s drive from Amersfoort to introduce Francesca to her first sleighing adventure.

Skating is a Dutch tradition just like cycling and swimming.  Children are introduced into these activities early on.  No wonder that the Winter Olympics for instance, is dominated by Dutch athletes and the same goes for swimming in the Summer Olympics.

Sub-zero temperature is now eagerly awaited here.  With the crisis besetting Europe these days, most people who normally go on winter holidays to ski resorts in the Alps or in Scandinavia will be foregoing that this year and will just settle for winter fun in their own backyard.

For info on Kinderdijk:

About Malou
I'm a mom to a five-year old little girl with interest in cooking, baking, traveling and photography. Castles and palaces are special favorites so when weather permits for a good walk on weekends, me, hubby and little girl are always out for a bit of adventure.

6 Responses to Winter fun Dutch-style

  1. mstrmac711 says:


    I am indeed greatly in debt to you for the wonderful stories and pictures. I am humbled by the quality of your work and frankly a little homesick for Europe. Thank you so much for the great pre-Christmas gift! I am also a little hungry now for some of the dishes you described in some of your earlier posts. Please continue posting!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

    Mister Mac … aka… theleansubmariner

    • Mr. Mac,
      I’m glad to know that you like my posts and pictures. More to come….

      My posts especially of places to see here or things to do will be off the beaten track. After all, there are more to see and do here in Holland as well as in other countries other than what are being suggested by travel guidebooks.

      We love camping and can you imagine me camping in France while 5 months on the family way? Will be blogging about that another time…

  2. Helio says:

    Hi Malou
    Thank you very mutch for visiting my page. Merry Christmas to you and your family.


  3. My Punks Mom says:

    Malou, thanks so much for visiting my blog! I love your blog and think you really have a niche here! Keep blogging and sharing!

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