Jenny La Fleur
NYC: Sun: The Met - Jenny La Fleur
adventures in costuming
NYC: Sun: The Met

We got up, dressed, had the complimentary breakfast at the hotel and headed to the Met. We only walked the wrong way twice. :>

We got to the Met about 10am and since the costume gallery was closed (I am cursed - the V&A last time I was there and now the Met!) so I consoled myself with Vermeers, Holbeins and cool 18th century portraits in the European Paintings. We totally didn't see everything in that section but the parents were starting to drag and we thought we should head to the Egyptian galleries before our brains got too full.

We had a nice little tea break in one of the cafes, complete with yummy pastry, then made a wrong turn and ended up in the Arms and Armory section. That was cool I have to say.

We finally found the Egyptian galleries and wondered through the rooms with glassy eyes. I missed Bridget, Miss Egyptologist. It was so wrong she wasn’t with us! *fingerwave*

The highlight was definitely the Temple of Dendur. Wow!

After that we called it a day, made a trip through the gift shop and headed to Central Park for a moment off our feet. I was feeling the need of grass and trees so we found a convenient spot right behind the museum and rested.

I have to admit I wasn’t overwhelmed with the Met. It had some cool stuff but perhaps I've been spoiled getting to spend time in London & DC museums and seeing the Tut exhibit. It was just okay. The paintings were laid out funky (at least I couldn't follow the flow of rooms) and the free map was pretty useless when you wanted to know where a specific style of painting was (like where were the Dutch still-lifes anyway?). Little things like that but they added up. Plus it's hard to adore a place that charges $1.50 a post card. Dude! I know it’s not much more than London or DC but still, sticker shock.

After that we traveled to Times Sure so Dad could check into his conference, then a quick walk back to our hotel. We were just going to stash our stuff, change shoes and head out to eat when my phone showed I had voicemails. That's when I found out that elizabethsdress had come into town for the day and was trying to find me - ack! I got a hold of her and she hopped on a bus to meet us for dinner. I'm so glad she came - I had a lovely time! Forgot to take pics like a silly Jenny though. It was great to meet her in person (finally) and chat and giggle. I hope it won't be too long before we get to do it again. :>

So now that the parents have fallen asleep while I've been typing, I should go to bed too. I'm surprisingly awake, probably the wine I had tonight. Silly Jenny. My body is way achy though. It's not used to all this abusive walking on cement all day long. Motrin here I come!

Tomorrow's agenda - the Garment District!

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bauhausfrau From: bauhausfrau Date: September 22nd, 2008 12:16 pm (UTC) (link)
Sounds like fun! I know what you mean about the met though. I had the rather silly "OH!" moment when in NYC going to museums last - "You mean I have to PAY for entry?" I'm so spoiled by the Smithsonian institutions. If you're a smithsonian member and hav eyour card the cooper-hewitt is free btw, and I think they are having their rococo design exhibit still...

Oh, the fashion district! DO go to Mood and M&J Trimming. M&J has SO much more stuff in their store than they do on their website. I could spend several hours in there...
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: September 23rd, 2008 12:31 am (UTC) (link)
They are boh on our list but we didn't mae it there today... hopefully we can swing by before we leave.

Yeah. I like how it's a suggested donation but the fine print about that is very fine indeed. Oh well!
dawnluck From: dawnluck Date: September 22nd, 2008 01:23 pm (UTC) (link)
Sounds like you're having fun. If you have time for another museum you might enjoy the "Frick".

It's one of my favourites.

jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: September 23rd, 2008 12:27 am (UTC) (link)
Oh yes, that is a must on our to-do list... Friday is the day so Dad can go with us I think. More Vermeer - yay!
From: murthandjoy Date: September 22nd, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC) (link)
Just want to mention, if you want some good food, Whole Foods is on 7th ave and 24th Street.

It was great meeting up with you and your parents. I had fun.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: September 23rd, 2008 12:26 am (UTC) (link)
Oh very good to know! I love Whole Foods and don't have one in town...
baroquemaiden From: baroquemaiden Date: October 13th, 2008 05:44 am (UTC) (link)
I was there on Sept 9 and also found the costume gallery closed! Not fair! oh I missed the Arms and Armory section. Next time I guess. There was a lot of Greek jewelery that I was drooling over.

Love the Garment District as well. I bought so much, we had to mail it home.
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