A Walk in the Park to the Met

After visiting The Cloisters we walked through Central Park to visit the Metropolitan Museum, since our admission for The Cloisters is valid for the Met on the same day.

We took the subway down Manhattan, bought lunch, and walked across Central Park to the Met. Our walk across Central Park was anything but a walk in the park, an English expression that means something easy and pleasant. We got lost several times on the roads and paths that twist and turn through Central Park.

We watched turtles swimming. The water looks milky, but it’s the reflection of white clouds and blue sky in the water.  The reflections of tree branches are in the right-hand corners.

swimming turtle

The water is actually green from algae, as you’ll see in the next picture.

The Lake provides a calm spot in the middle of the bustling metropolis. The surrounding buildings provide great views of the green space. The far side of the lake has a granite outcropping, one of many left from glaciers in the last ice age. The granite bedrock is shallow here and at the southern tip of Manhattan, which is why skyscrapers are built in both areas but not between the two areas, where the bedrock is deeper. Long Island was formed from the debris scraped off by glaciers and left behind when they receded.

boating on The Lake at Central Park
boating on The Lake at Central Park

When we arrived at the Met, we had less than two hours before the 5:15 closing time. We’d have to be very selective.

We started with the Islamic collection, to follow up on seeing the Alhambra and Shangri La this year. The Alhambra and Beijing’s Forbidden City are palaces stripped of the royal furnishings and articles that once filled them.

This reception room from Damascus, Syria, has a fountain and wood paneling decorated with calligraphy and intricate patterns.

18th C reception room from Damascus, Syria
18th C reception room from Damascus, Syria

This walnut chest has ivory inlays.

16th C Spanish chest of walnut and ivory
16th C Spanish chest of walnut and ivory

The Met has five Vermeers, more than any other museum.

Allegory of the Catholic Faith
Allegory of the Catholic Faith, by Johannes Vermeer

Finally, one of our favorites is this bronze by Edgar Degas.

The Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer
The Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer

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