I have been touring the Netherlands this week with my parents. I'll link some interesting discoveries here when I have time to find them. Right now, I'll just complain about the closing-time procedure at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. If you want to feel what it's like to be rounded up by sheepdogs, then go wander around the decorative arts section about ten minutes before closing. The staff become very impatient and disrespectful - which I guess is typical of people whose job it is to discourage human nature on a daily basis. It's still not as bad as having uniformed (and armed) police officers stationed throughout the museum and squawking to each other by walkie talkie as at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

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