We wanted to visit the tulip displays, but the weather was not cooperating with 60% chance of rain. So we headed out for a Dutch Pancake breakfast and a visit to the newly renovated Rijksmuseum. The pancakes were amazing and quite filling, but the wait to get into the museum was over 90 minutes long. We were surprised that photographs were allowed (other art museums we have visited do not allow photography). Here is a sampling of the paintings and other objects we saw in this newly opened (and very crowded) art exhibit. Realize that the "Dutch Masters" had no religious patrons, not nobility to fund their work, but they had rich merchants and the paintings are on a level that seem to be more photographic as we would record life today. A lot of these paintings are fun.
Dinner was a light fare and we headed off to the Concertgebouw hall and orchestra for a concert of Beethoven's 1st, 2nd, and 5th symphonies. The performance brought tears to our eyes.