Growing up a New Englander, I’ve been spoiled with some of the best foliage in the world. But, there’s something about the autumn in the Netherlands, particularly Amsterdam, that’s totally awe inspiring.
While I love Utrecht in the fall too – it’s just different. The one thing that’s totally unique about Utrecht this time of year, though, are the wharfs which become covered in a blanket of amber leaves. From afar, it looks as though the canals have been lined in gold. When you go down to get a closer look you kick the leaves up from the sides and into the water — disturbing the otherwise still, yet very alive watercolor painting of trees on the surface.
Utrecht, though, doesn’t have as many canals as Amsterdam — and that’s where the charm is this time of year. In the capital city, you can wander just about anywhere and catch a glimpse of the tall trees reaching towards gray skies — their leaves gliding down to the canals below. They speckle the surface like sprinkles – in Dutch, hagelslags.
I adore this city any time of year, but I have to say, autumn in Amsterdam is unlike anything else. If you have yet to visit it, come between September and October.
Summers can be moody – swinging between humid highs, and chilly, coat wearing lows. The wind that will brush your cheek gently in fall cruelly smacks you as it whips off the canals in February. Spring is lovely – but also temperamental.
Autumn is just about the only season when you get cold weather, and expect it. When you’re excited to bundle up in a jacket. When you’re anticipating, and gawking at the change all around you.
Don’t just take my word for it — take a look.