On this ridiculously un-spring like weekend we went to NYC and visited the Cloisters and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Cloisters is a medieval castle that was built in the 1930s in Harlem and its in a pretty park by the 190th A train subway stop. its a super express ride to get there, no big deal to walk the 7 mins across the park either. I cant believe we haven’t been before, it is a really unique place. Almost of the interiors are imported from france and spain and very ancient authentic medieval frescoes, statues, stained glass, and real medieval botanicals too. I want to make sure to visit in the summer. The highlights for me are the unicorn tapestries. omg so beautiful, and there are thousands of varieties of plants and flowers woven in to he tapestries which depict the capture of the unicorn, only a pure virgin can tame the unicorn. There is a fntastic fiction book I read once called The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier.
Its about a blind girl who knows how to weave and what to weave from the scent of botanicals and the feel of the dye in the threads. The cloisters are so enchanting. Also they have a real tilman riemenschneider, the most prestigious and my favorite wood carver who happens to be german (lol im not biased) also we saw his greatest pieces on our last trip to Germany so such a sweet surprise to see another piece by him.
We went to the Met after, because we are nuts. Just so you know the admission is suggested to both museams, that means u have your cash and you go to the clerk and say one ticket please, dont go up there and say one ticket please then they will say that will be 25 dollars and that sucks, because its not true it is not 25 to go to the museum that is what they think you should pay. When I was young and impressionable i paid the 25 once because i was forced, you have to give them the cash you want to “donate” and they have to give you a ticket immediately no arguing allowed. I think $1 is fine but husb gave $15 cuz i wasn’t watching, also we paid for the audio guide $7 but it was really worth it. You can use your ticket same day at the cloister and met.