I really didn't know what to expect when I got off the subway in the Bronx. I don't think one every really knows what to expect in the Bronx, but it was actually gorgeous and so quiet and pretty. It was also a short walk to the museum through Fort Tryton Park which is now my favorite park in NYC.
View of the GW Bridge:
A field of Heather:
A crow on some old stairs:
Fort Tryton lookout:
You would never guess that this is all NYC!:
Even though it was a short hike, it was actually a pretty good hike, all uphill and up stairs and it was crazy hot that day! Anyway I made, it nice and sweaty! The building was quite breathtaking, like an old castle. Everything made of stone, it really felt like taking a step back in time. And because I went on a Wednesday morning at opening there was almost no one there, which is very rare and something that I LOVE!
Since I am not very well versed on Medieval history, I have included the information placards from most of the art work photos that I included. But as usual, enjoy the photos, they are the most important part.
Breathtaking first look, the Fuendtidueña Chapel:
One of the many beautiful hallways with intricate pillars:
One of the courtyards and fountains:
I absolutely love old Medieval doors. They were all over Peru like this, from the Spanish influence and I love them.
The Langon Chapel. I loved that there was actually a Latino guy in here praying:
Outdoor walkway/ terrace:
Pontaut Chapter House:
13th Century Doors:
The first of the three gardens:
Tapestry of Caesar:
I didn't get the info on this, but the whole thing was so intricate I was in awe. The bronze eagle candelabra on the right was especially amazing:
This was one of my favorite things. Not sure why, I just thought it was so cute:
And this one, a slightly creepy child but cute at the same time :
This was much more delicate than it looks in the picture. It was about 8"x3":
One of the herb/vegetable gardens:
This book was a tiny little picture book:
I wish this picture turned out better, a beautiful ivory cross:
After a few hours, and a light (expensive) museum lunch I decided to walk back a different way through the park. More spring beauty! So pretty.
A very angry squirrel. He did not like me creeping' on him:
One last view. The cherry tree at the end was one of the most lush I have ever seen.
Like I said, this is my new favorite museum as well as my new favorite park. it takes about 30-40 minutes to get up here from midtown Manhattan but it is so worth it and a totally different NYC. If you have time, it is a must, especially in the spring/summer/fall to enjoy the beauty of the park. For more information check out : The Cloisters Museum