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New York City

We visited Diane and Frank recently in New York City. This was our 1st time there, and long overdue!

I woke up on the day we went down with a bad kink in my shoulder and neck; I could hardly turn my head. That didn't get in our way at all, though, and now (a week later) it is substantially better. That is really fast for something like this, in case you were wondering.

Their apartment is in a great location, with their building's open space out one window, and the adjacent building's open space out the other. So they are living in a forest in the middle of the city.

On Friday we went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, walking through Central Park on the way. Here are Paul and Diane when we entered the park.

And here we are in front of the Reservoir, with it's fountain. There were many ducks in the water, although you can't see them in the picture. In fact, we heard a lot of birds in the park.

One last picture for this page: the reservoir and the tall building on the West side of the park.

Close to the MMoA is Cleopatra's Needle. This is a very interesting looking monument, although the only thing they have to do with Cleopatra is both being from Egypt.

In front of the MMoA is a fabulous fountain with a long line of flowing water.

We first entered through the Roman area. Paul and Diane posed in front of an impressive statue.

Our course on the Met featured selected objects, and we were able to see many of them. One was this wonderful sarcophagus, with it's 3-dimensional relief figures. It was amazing skill and effort to create this.

We spent a lot of time in the European Art area of the collection, which is very large. The 1800s collection features a large number of French painters, because one of the major donors was particularly fond of those paintings.

You can't really appreciate Van Gogh until you see some of his works in person. Here is Paul about to make off with one of them...

I was extremely fond of the Irises painting.

One extremely large painting was The Horse Fair, with strong and accurately painted equines. Paul spent a great deal of time studying this painting.

I took this next picture, of Jean-Léon Gérôme's Before the Audience, for Jenn to admire. (The link provides a better view of the painting, actually.)

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Updated July 2020