The Met, Harlem And The Last Supper

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Alice In Wonderland Statue From 5th Ave

Belgian_Tom had sent me a text the previous day to say they were heading for The Metropolitan Museum at 9-30 this morning, so I headed yet again across Central Park. Still, for the number of times I'd been in it , it still felt great just being able to walk through it.

I arrived first and hung around at the bottom of the steps before Tom,his girlfriend and Lieke turned up. Went in and bought the $20 tickets, and Lieke came up with the idea of waiting about until 10-15 to do the free museum Highlights tour. Great idea, since there is so much to see in here and the tour set off promptly. The guide was great, even though at times she was being drowned out by school groups who were obviously working their way round trying to fill in some sort of activity sheet.

Rembrandt Self Portrait
Went round at a fair pace and she was interesting to listen to, as she clearly had a passion for the subject, and added in a great deal of detail to the exhibits we stopped at. Tour ended in the paintings section with a look at one of the Rembrandts,and had taken just over an hour, but was a brilliant introduction to the museum. Good shout Lieke 8)

We decided to go our seperate way so that we could all see the bits that particularly interested us. I headed back to the start and followed the route back round so that I could see the other bits about it in more detail. At least you are allowed to take pictures in The Metropolitan, just not allowed flash photography. Some really great stuff to see and I went from the Greek section,through the African bit and came back to the first painting the guide had shown us, one called Tables For Ladies, as i had found the whole story rally interesting.

Tiffany's Autumn Landscape
Round the mediaval stuff and back to the glass window done by Louis Tiffany, the son of the founder of Tiffany's, which again I'd thought was a great tale told by the guide earlier. I then went through to the Egyptian section, where they have a section of a burial tomb and a temple.

We'd agreed to meet back at 1-30pm, but decided there was still more to see and would meet back at 3pm. I went out for a bit of fresh air first and then came back in and upstairs to the Middle Eastern exhibition, and it was soon time to meet up again. Lieke had something else to do, but the rest of us set off, as planned, to walk up to Harlem. Cut diagonally across the upper side of Central Park and came out on the west side around 110th St. From there we spotted some big church and headed up towards it.

Andy Warhol picture Of Marilyn
Tom looked up the guidebook and we found out it was another cathedral, though the fact we were walking up through morningside on Cathedral Parkway was a big clue :D

Turned out to be The Cathedral Church Of St John The Divine, which Tom found in his book and it said it was only about two thirds complete and that if they did manage to complete it to the original plan it would be the biggest cathedral in the world. Only the small matter of some half a billion dollars standing in the way of that apparently :D . There was a small garden beside it with a really interesting fountain. Turned out to be the Childrens Sculpture Garden and there were lots of little sculptures all around it. We went into the cathedral, which was huge, but pretty bare, and it seemed to lack a lot of seats :D.

Peace Fountain

Carried on up to Morningside Heights and past Columbia University, stopped off in a bank for Tom to get some more cash and made our way down to 125th Street. We passed the General Grant Houses in Manhattanville, a housing project with nearly 2000 houses in blocks of flats, and had a look about the area. Walked along for a bit, deciding not to go into any of the fast food places as some of them looked a bit iffy. We were going to go out for dinner later, so at this point I decided to bail back to the hotel as i wanted to start packing. With all the stuff I had bought in New York, I was a bit concerned about fitting it all back into my rucksack as there seemed to be a hell of a lot more going back than I had brought.

The cathedral Church Of St John The Divine
Didn't want to be leaving it until the morning to find out it wasn't going to work, but managed to ram most of the stuff in before heading back out.

Had arranged to meet at the Tribeca Grill, a  restaurant co-owned by Robert De Niro, at 7pm. Tom had found out that they were taking part in New york's Restaurant Week and that we could get a 3 course meal there for $35. got a text from tom to say they were running late, and that Lieke had managed to get cheap tickets for a show and wouldn't be joining us, so I went into the bar and shouted up a beer. Checked with the reception people that they were indeed offering the Restaurant Week deal, and stuck my name down on the waiting list for a table.

The others soon arrived and hadn't even finished their first drink, when they came over to show us to the table.

General Grant Houses Harlem
Menu for the deal was on an A La Carte basis, but it was still good, and it was a nice evening. After we finished we headed round to look for a pub, and as we weren't far from where we had been for dinner on the Saturday night we came across Puffies, which local TB Tom( tmohen) had suggested as a place to go that night. Stayed for a couple, headed for the subway and the said our farewells and Bon Voyage. Made the,by now, usual pit stop on the way back to the hotel for my last night there.

  

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