Art and Nature

Sunday, July 27, 2008

We had the perfect weather for our trip to the city yesterday. Sunny and warm, but not too hot, with a bit of a breeze, perfect! We took the train to Penn station and then hopped onto a bus to take us to the museum. I actually really enjoyed the bus ride. I've only ever gotten around the city in two ways, either on foot or on the subway. It was nice to travel without being swept up in the crowd on the streets, but still be above ground to see the sights. When we arrived at the Met, we went straight to the top. The roof had an exhibit by Jeff Koons and also offered a unique view of the city skyline and Central Park.

We ate lunch and then went to explore the rest of the museum. They had an amazing collection of musical instruments. All beautifully made and decorated from all over the world. It's a shame no one will play them.

Furniture and objects decorated with beautiful stone inlays were a special exhibit in the museum.

Console Tabletop with Allegory of Air

Galleria dei Lavori, Florence, 1766

Design by Giuseppe Zocchi

Hardstones in an alabaster ground, gilded bronze frame; 26 3/8 x 41 3/4 in. (67 x 106 cm)Musée du Louvre, Paris

There was just too much to see in one day. We plan to go back again soon. After several hours in the museum, we went to Central Park. It really is beautiful. Many different gardens are spread throughout the park, grand lawns provide a place for people to picnic or read a book. Without it, I don't know how people could stand to live in a city like that. We all decided against the balloon ride. Oh well, maybe I'll have the guts next time.

We also caught a glimpse of a bride. It was a beautiful day for a wedding.


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