Wednesday, November 4, 2009
And the answer is...
Sailing on the Hudson.
Lee taking in the setting.
The George Washington Bridge over the Hudson
The lovely site that I posted a few days ago - the monastery - is The Cloisters. Located at the northernmost part of Manhattan, it sits on a bluff overlooking the romantic Hudson River. It is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection of Medieval Architecture, painting, furnishings, pottery, religious art, tapestries and more. The architecture is mostly (perhaps all) from monasteries in Europe from the Middle Ages, brought to this site and rebuilt. It especially celebrates the Cloister, a covered walkway surrounding an open air courtyard or garden and with water in the center - a fountain, a pool, etc. A cloister was part of a monastery - and for the private use of the monks only. (Or nuns.) It comes from Latin claustrum meaning "barrier."
Here are some images of the setting. We took the A Train all the way to 206th street, then a cab a short way because we were lost. Coming home, we boarded the bus outside the front door of the museum and rode it home, through the neighborhoods of Manhattan for 1 hour and 15 minutes. It was quite an education - through Washington Heights, Spanish Harlem, the Columbia / Barnard neighborhood, the Upper West Side, across the north end of the park to 5th Avenue and home. It felt like we had been transported from one world to another. And all without a car or boarding a plane!