Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Big City

We started our second day in New York City at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). We spent four long hours scouring the museum and studying every photo, painting and piece of sculpture. 
Joey's effort to save a tree... why use paper to write down your favorite artist's names when you can write it on your hand and then take a picture of it.
After so much time on our feet, we needed a rest. We found an amazing Viennese Pastry Shop named Demel. It is famous and this particular little coffee/pastry shop on the lower level of The Plaza Hotel is the only bakery carrying these authentic pastries outside Austria. Apparently it is such a big deal that when we were carrying our little Demel Bag later that day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art a group of very snobby 20 somethings actually asked us if we had brought the bag back from Austria or was there really a Demel in NYC?

After our short break, we headed straight to Central Park with the intention of spending a little bit of time at the zoo and then the rest of the evening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met), but instead we got sucked in to a pitch by a bicycle cabbie (modern day rickshaw) hanging out just outside The Plaza Hotel. It actually turned out pretty great because we got an awesome tour of pretty much the entire Central Park.
Just inside the park with The Plaza Hotel in the background.
Gorgeous Minton Tiles and Bethesda Fountain, Angel of Waters, at the Bethesda Terrace, Central Park

Central Park is full of gorgeous ornamentation including the Season Themed stairways at Bethesda Terrace and the Strawberry Fields Imagine Tile Mosaic

After our two hour tour of Central Park, we headed straight to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) but with only an hour and a half until the museum closed, we decided to go eat at the museum cafe instead. We ended up with about 30 minutes to see the museum. A museum that if we spent 30 days there we probably wouldn't see everything. Oh well, 50 pieces of art down, 2 million pieces of art to go....

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