Saturday, 11 February 2012

Reeuwijkse Plassen and more ice-skating, winter 2012 /Schaatsen in Reeuwijk, Nederland 2012

 
Yesterday the weather service in the Netherlands informed us that the first 10 days of February 2012 have been the coldest since... 95 years!!! Wowww.....
Next to Gouda (the famous cheese city) one may find the so called lake area Reeuwijkse Plassen, which presents 13 lakes connected with small or bigger canals. As you can imagine this becomes one really huge natural ice-skating rink when it freezes! What I have done 2 years ago and was happy to repeat this year is arriving at the harbour cafe "Het Wappen van Reeuwijk", putting on the skates and slide on the frozen lake just in front of it...
Some of the local houses on the lake were selling warm drinks and warm soup to the skaters (above advertisement was written with red on snow).
One could also skate on the Brevevaart, the canals in front of the cafe, which were nicely cleaned with machine. For the kids there were several attraction such as ice-sleight, with metal picks. Sometimes a "Plassentocht" (a tour of all lakes by skates) is organised. This year only the lake in front of "Het Wappen van Reeuwijk" was cleaned  and ready for safe ice-skating. A great thing to do once one get too cold is to have  a warm chocolate, tea or glühwein in the very cozy cafe!

6 comments:

Marco Alpha said...

Hello Jana,
Nice wintershots on the ice.
Funny to see the kids playing and having fun at the ice. Nice images Jana!!

Greetings and a good weekend,
Marco

Filip Demuinck said...

Great pictures again, you seem to love skating.

Greetings,
Filip

Jan & Yvette said...

Super to see you and Nico enjoyed once more our "backyard" ice! I see he felt most at home between the palm trees. We are now a bit sad seeing the temperature climbing up...
Greetings Jan & Yvette

AVCr8teur said...

How fun! Swim in the lake in the summer and skate on it in the winter.

Jana said...

thank you dear visitors!
@Yvette+Jan: I did go again to Reeuwijk (almost to your house) with an enthusiastic colleague, Sorin, for few hours...was fantastic in the sun; Fri eve we bought Nico finally skates, so we skated the weekend together!

I also dont want the ice to go:-((

Joop Zand said...

These wintershots are really AMAZING.... great work Jana.

Greetings, Joop