When they came to stay a week ago, both of my parents had different reasons for wanting to visit the Rijksmuseum.
My mother wanted to wander around the Dutch masters, get acquainted with the country's legacy for art in both modern and historic times and she was keen to travel through the centuries, culturally speaking.
My father wanted to stand in front of Rembrandt's "The Night Watch" and listen to all 4 minutes and 39 seconds of the King Crimson song by the same name.
Me, I just wanted to re-explore it since it had reopened last year. I've also come to realise that one of the things I like most about museums is watching other people as they peruse and react to what is around them.
I'm happy to report we achieved all those things. Plus, I got to stare at one of the Yves Saint Laurent dresses from his 1965 Mondrian collection.
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