|View across the Hudson river from The Cloisters|
The first major outing was a trip to The Cloisters, "the
branch of the Metropolitan Museum devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe.
"Located on four acres overlooking the Hudson River in northern Manhattan, the building incorporates elements from five medieval French cloisters—quadrangles enclosed by a roofed or vaulted passageway, or arcade—and from other monastic sites in southern France.
"Three of the cloisters reconstructed at the branch museum feature gardens planted according to horticultural information found in medieval treatises and poetry, garden documents and herbals, and medieval works of art, such as tapestries, stained-glass windows, and column capitals.
"Approximately five thousand works of art from medieval Europe, dating from about A.D. 800 with particular emphasis on the twelfth through fifteenth century, are exhibited in this unique and sympathetic context. The focus at The Cloisters is on the Romanesque and Gothic periods."
(Quoted text unashamedly lifted from The Cloisters' web site.)
(right) A cloister garden
|(above & right)
The herb garden,
shaded by apple trees
and overlooked by the bell tower
|(above) A selection of arches at The Cloisters--that's Deborah in the middle one|
|(above) On a bus passing Central Park, Tour Guide Lauren sets up the next event|