After we got our Poppins tickets we decided we would walk to the Met instead of taking the subway, because then we could sight-see 5th Avenue. If we had it to do over again, I think we would have done some more walking before we left for New York. We were pretty messed up by the time we got to the museum. Even though it put a damper on our walking the next two days, looking back, I'm glad we walked it, because we saw some great stuff.
The Ghostbusters library was under construction, so this was the only good shot I got of it. We didn't go in, because when we did ten years ago we thought it wasn't that exciting, and we really wanted as much time at the Met as possible. Maybe next time.
A few blocks north is St.Patricks Cathedral. Wow. I saw quite a few major duomos in Sicily, but without the Italian backdrop, this place really stood out.
They were holding mass when we came the last time, so we didn't get to see it as thoroughly. We didn't mind that we were losing Met time, the inside is even more wow.
On our way again, some of the sights right below Central Park:
I'd seen pictures of this building and thought the photographer was showing off a cool bendy lens. Nope- it's really a bendy building.
This baffled me. It's one of many many swanky condo/townouse buildings on 5th Avenue- I definitely wasn't picturing the people who lived in them as kind and loving neighbors. Then this popped up and made me wonder who put it there and why. I Googled it. It used to be an Jewish office or church building, was almost going to be a synagogue, but then it was sold and converted to posh housing. The engraving was almost removed when they re-did the buiding, but they kept it for some reason. Cool.
Finally we arrived at the museum. We found out they close early and we had less than an hour to look around. It wasn't long enough, so we ended up coming back the next day, too. These pics are from both visits.
My favorite room. Probably a lot of peoples' favorite.
Why is Cleopatra's boob exposed? You'd think someone would tell her, being so prominent a historical figure. Sure- that's just how artists portrayed women, always with one boob hanging out. Because it's much more realistic, I guess. Maybe I should be asking why nowadays we women don't lounge around with one boob hanging out. Looks so comfy...
Janet wasn't being slutty- she was being renaissancey!
I loved this one called "Nydia, the blind flower-girl of Pompeii." She's a character from a book, "The Last Days of Pompeii."
My absolute favorite sculpture there was called Ugolino and his Sons. The story is fascinatingly morbid. Yet another reason to read the Inferno (which I seriously doubt I'll have time or brain-power to do for another few years.) Meanwhile I will appreciate one of the creations it inspired. This foot gave me goosebumps, it looked so real. This is my favorite part of the statue.
Both Zach and I liked "Springtime," by Pierre-Auguste Cot. I was kind of surprised he liked such a sappy picture, but he is a pretty sensitive guy... ha.
But not too sensitive. ;) Special request for a shot of the cool little Samurai dudes.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. During both visits we spent about four hours. For me, that was just right.
We hobbled to the subway, ate at the subway Subway, and then went to see the city from the Top of the Rock.
On the way up- you can see through the ceiling of the elevator- each floor is lit so you can tell exactly how far up you have to go. Freaky!!!
Last trip we did the Empire State Building, so we thought we'd mix it up a little.
We remembered from the Empire State Building, Central Park looked like a teeny patch of lawn and decided we liked the Rockefeller Center view better.
No Tina sightings- sorry.
We had some time to kill before our show, so we went back to Times Square. Earlier, while I was waiting in the ticket line I had gotten more and more curious about the people sitting and baking on the sun-drenched red steps. No one seemed to have a reason for sitting there, so I decided I'd go sit on them and see what the deal was.
Fun little "Where's Summer" game for ya...
It is a lot nicer than standing in the middle of rush-hour traffic trying to "experience Times Square."
Mary Poppins was surprisingly awesome! It turned out to be a great show for us- quite a lot different than the movie, and the woman who played Mary was just incredible.
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So ended our first full day in the Big Apple. When we got our aching joints back to our hotel room we thought maybe we'd bit off more than we could chew. Yaaaaay Advil!