AP Photo of Kinderdijk mill area near Rotterdam on 3 January 2009.
This past weekend of January 10 and 11, nearly 1 million Dutch people took to the ice of the canals of the Netherlands. It was reported that “…over 100,000 people took part in organized skating tours through the Dutch countryside on Sunday, the skating association KNSB told news agency ANP. In total, there were 23 organized routes, ranging in length from 10 to 200km. It was the first time in 12 years that skating tours over natural ice have taken place. All over the country, experienced and novice skaters flocked to rivers, lakes and outdoor ice rinks and there was heavy traffic congestion along the narrow country roads in popular skating areas. In total up to half a million people enjoyed the ice this weekend, ANP said.” (from DutchNews.nl 12 Jan 2009).
Hendrick Avercamp, A Scene On The Ice, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA
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