We decided to do the MET today because it was supposed to be even hotter than yesterday. I met the girls on the steps of the MET at 9:30am. I got to the steps around 9:36am and could immediately tell that the museum was not open yet. It was supposed to open at 9:30am. We waited and sweated. It was over 100 degrees and there was no shade. We eventually got into two single file lines. I was soaked. This was redic. They should have had us wait inside the lobby. Everyone could have been shopping in the gift shop while we were waiting. They finally let us in at 10. Janelle paid $3 but the lady gave her back $1. I paid $3. Lauren paid $5. We hit the gift shop first. I saw several things I wanted to buy, but I wanted to wait to do it until we were done in the museum. I have been to the MET numerous times. The last time was 2 years ago and I spent an entire day there (opening to closing). So I’ve done all of the museum, but I love the place. I was excited to do it again.
We started in the Egyptian section. We did Perneb’s tomb. I read some of the glyphs for Lauren and pointed out important pieces. I explained many of the items and funerary rituals. We ran into some of the girls’ Contiki tour mates. We did the Temple of Dendur which looked particularly pretty today since there was a ton of sunlight pouring in. I took them to my favorite galleries, 126 and 130. We used the restroom and Janelle decided to head out. She wanted to get back to her hotel and change before her Sex in the City Tour. We said our goodbyes. I was sad to see her go. I wish I could have spent more time with her. 😦
Lauren and I then headed to the Greek and Roman area. They are always wonderful to look at. We saw a piece called the Boxer that was temporarily lent to the museum. So I had never seen it before. There was a guy sketching it and he was doing a really great job. After that we headed to the area on Central America. We found one of my favorite areas in the museum which are the French rooms. It is like being transported to Versailles. I then took Lauren to see the Patio from the Castle of Vélez Blanco which makes you feel like you stepped into Romeo and Juliet. We then headed upstairs to do the second floor.
We started with the paintings. We looked at Picasso, Monet, Van Gogh, etc. After we came out of the painting area I saw a sign for the Punk exhibit. I’ve always wanted to do the Costume Institute at the MET, but never get around to it. So we did a detour to see the exhibit. There was no photography allowed. The clothes alternated between very strange and awesome. Some of the outfits were made out of everyday items like garbage bags. Many of the outfits seemed a bit more gothic than punk which is my taste. There were also some great shoes. There was one pair that was gladiator style from Versace and went all the way up the leg.
Then we headed to the Asian section. This section is filled with Buddhas and Hindu statues. However, my two favorite parts of this section are the Vadi Parshvanatha Jain temple (gallery 243) and the Chinese Courtyard (gallery 217). Unfortunately, both were closed this time. We were still able to see the top of the temple though. There were some new items that I had never seen before including animals made out of bubbles. I also saw some of beautiful clothes. One gallery had a view of the Temple of Dendur, which is a view I wish I had.
After that we wandered over to the Art of Arab Lands. I had only seen a little bit of this exhibit because the last time I was here the majority of it was closed. Last time I looked at the items from Mesopotamia. I enjoyed seeing the Moroccan Court (gallery 456), the Damascus Room (gallery 461), the Mihrab (gallery 455), and all the Qurans and rugs. I was sad that the Assyrian Royal Court (gallery 401) was closed. I would have liked Lauren to see it. We got to see the special exhibit on the Cyrus Cylinder.
Before we left I wanted to make sure Lauren saw the American Wing, which consists of the facade of the Branch Bank of the United States that they turned into a mansion filled with colonial rooms, paintings, furniture, and other artifacts. I love this part of the MET. It reminds me of the White House and I can easily picture our founding fathers walking around inside. One of my favorite rooms in the MET consists of images of Versailles and its gardens.
At that point it had been about four hours and I knew we were both tired and Lauren was probably hungry. Even though we hadn’t seen everything I figured it was time to go. We used the restroom and headed to the clearance shop and the regular shop. I bought two books (both on sale), an Egyptian pencil case (I always wanted one), and two postcards. Lauren picked up several items as well.
Even though it was extremely hot outside I figured Lauren might want to see some of Central Park since tomorrow was supposed to be even hotter and they might not get to it. I used my phone to plot out a path to Cleopatra’s Needle (otherwise I would get hopelessly lost because I seriously hate the park). We found the needle pretty quickly and though we were beyond melting and we stayed to admire it and take some pictures. I knew there was another interesting site nearby but I couldn’t remember where. So we wandered for a bit in the direction of the water and found a statue that said Poland on it. At that point my iphone was getting pretty hot so I put it away. Lauren took some pictures and we decided to find our way back. Our way back wound up being along a very long path. Thank goodness I read somewhere that the numbers on the lampposts tell you what direction you are heading, what block you are near, and how long until you hit the street, otherwise I would have felt that we were going to walk forever. We saw a statue of Hamilton on our way out. The path let us out at 85th and 5th and we had entered at 79th or 80th and 5th.
We originally were headed to H&H Bagels for lunch which is located at 81st and 2nd. So we walked the avenues while sweating buckets. We were both weighed down with big heavy bags from the MET. Every time we missed the light we would hide in the shade. We got to 85th and Lexington and I explained to Lauren how many more blocks we would have to walk to H&H. I told her Shake Shack was a block away and she agreed. We got to Shake Shack and it was very busy. We shared a table with a woman. I was soaked! My dress was drenched. I hate the heat! Lauren got a cheeseburger, fries, and a water. I just got an ice cold water. That cold water was the most beautiful thing on Earth at that moment. I was too hot to really eat. I ate one of her fries and they were good. We chatted for a while about debt, university tuition, rent, homes, apartments, etc. I walked Lauren to 86th and 3rd and we said our goodbyes. I was sad to leave them. It had been a very hot but nice two days.
I went to H&M and caught an air conditioned train back home.