Our New York Trip

Our New York Trip

What a week. Our time in New York has come and gone, but boy was it amazing. It seems just like yesterday we were stepping of the plane and heading into the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. For anyone reading who knows my family personally, you will all acknowledge that my parents are extremely organised and like to have the holiday planned to the tee. Although being in New York for just under a week, we managed to cram so much into these few days. Unfortunately, this meant that whilst there I didn’t have the time to write up any blog posts to update everyone on what we were up to, as whatever spare time we had was taken up my sleeping (!) Therefore, I have decided to just do a quick summary and include some of the photos that I took whilst out and about. There are a few things that I want to blog in detail, such as our visit to the beautiful Cloisters Museum (which was so tranquil, you would not think that you were still in New York), and I was lucky enough to go and see the Crusader Bible of King Louis IX that is currently on exhibition at the Morgan Library and Museum. So keep checking out my blog for updates on those.

It was three years ago this summer that I was lucky enough to go to New York with my Auntie, and whilst there we managed to also see most of the sights. However, we went during the height of a summer heat wave, and it was incredibly hot – not very nice when you want to walk around and see the city. Plus, due to the nature of it being the summer season, this meant that we were not the only tourists in town, making it slightly more uncomfortable as you waded your way through the crowds of people. However, this time around was perfect. Overall the weather was brilliant, except for our first day when we were greeted by rain and wind. The following days gave us sunshine and heavenly blue skies. We spent the first three days completing my Mum’s intensive itinerary, which included going to Ellis Island to see if we could ‘feel’ the spirit of my great-great-grandfather there (turns out he didn’t come to Ellis Island as it wasn’t open when he came, oh dear!), paying our respects at the World Trade memorials, climbing (not literally thank goodness) to the top of Rockefeller Centre, exploring the exquisite Central Park, walking across the High Line, took a water taxi from Brooklyn to Manhattan which revealed to us the breathtaking views of the city at sunset, taking a ghost tour around Wall Street and so much more! We also enjoyed leisurely strolls through West and East Villages, NYU campus and checking out various places in Brooklyn and Williamsburg … plus so much more. Even though we managed to see and do a lot, there is still a considerable amount that we sadly didn’t manage to experience. What can we say? We must leave some things for the next time we come back to New York.

I had an absolutely unbelievable time, and cannot thank my family enough for taking me as my 21st birthday present. It’s safe to say that we all had an incredible time, and still can’t believe we were just there! Here are just a few of the photos taken during our vacation.

The One World Trade Center hiding in the clouds
The One World Trade Center hiding in the clouds
The Registry Hall in Ellis Island
The Registry Hall in Ellis Island
View of the new One World Trade Center
View of the new One World Trade Center
Names of those whose lives were taken in 9/11
Names of those whose lives were taken in 9/11
A view of the city from the High Line
A view of the city from the High Line
Amazing artwork on the side of a building seen on our walk on the High Line
Amazing artwork on the side of a building seen on our walk on the High Line
The Naked Cowboy entertaining the crowds...
The Naked Cowboy entertaining the crowds…
Exploring Brooklyn
Exploring Brooklyn
Washington Square Park Arch
Washington Square Park Arch
Dinner time!
Dinner time!
Cake for everyone
Cake for everyone
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Brooklyn Graffiti
Sundaes, shakes and cones
Sundaes, shakes and cones
Grand Central Station
Grand Central Station
West Village
West Village
'Friends' anyone?
‘Friends’ anyone?
A rainy night in Times Square
A rainy night in Times Square
Watching the sun set on New York
Watching the sun set on New York

One week till New York!

One week till New York!

I cannot believe that this time next week I shall be on my way to New York, hell yeah!  Just over three years ago (wow, I feel old writing this) for my 18th birthday I was given the trip of a lifetime to stay with my Auntie in Chicago. Whilst there, we had a little vacation to New York to see some family and friends, and I absolutely loved it. The only negative part about the trip to NYC was the weather. We travelled there during the peak of a heat wave, and it was just way too hot to do much. So, this time round, my Mum was adamant that we went during a ‘cool’ time of year, and October seemed perfect! I cannot wait to go there! I really do love America, and perhaps could see myself living there for a year or two in the future.

I’m not too sure what we’re going to get up to, although I do know that a must is a visit to the Morgan Library and Museum to see the Crusader Bible exhibition (see here). How typical that I can still manage to fit some medieval orientated things to see and do! I studied the Crusader Bible last year in my ‘Death and Devotion’ module, and thought it was beautiful, so I cannot wait to see the real thing in person. I’ll definitely be blogging whilst I am there, and before going about the potential things that we will get up to. If you have ideas, or know of anything cool taking place in New York in late October, leave a comment below!

Also, I found some photographs that I took last time I was in New York from the top of the Empire State building, aren’t the views amazing!

A picture I took from the top of the Empire State Building
A picture I took from the top of the Empire State Building
A view of below from the Empire State Building
A view of below from the Empire State Building
A glimpse of Central Park
A glimpse of Central Park

MET: ‘Radiant Light Stained Glass from Canterbury Cathedral’

Jared (detail), 1178–80, Canterbury Cathedral © Robert Greshoff Photography, courtesy Dean and Chapter of Canterbury
Jared (detail), 1178–80, Canterbury Cathedral © Robert Greshoff Photography, courtesy Dean and Chapter of Canterbury

Between February 25th and May 18th the Cloisters Museum at the MET in New York is hosting an exhibition presenting stained glass from England’s historic Canterbury Cathedral, dating from 1178-80. I find this concept quite unusual I’m not going to lie, as the exhibitions features six Romanesque-period windows that have never left the cathedral since their creation. Bringing stained-glass from the Cathedral to the MET – why when you can just go to Canterbury itself? I guess through bringing the glass over the pond, so to speak, allows more people to see the beauty of Canterbury’s windows. However, I feel that taking such works out of their religious context renders them almost ‘dumb’ in the sense that they’re not functioning in the religious manner that they should be. I guess times have changed so much anyway, that perhaps the religious function of the stained glass windows are becoming more over-looked and less part of their identity. Having studied Canterbury Cathedral last term, I fell in love with it. I have never been there myself, but having seen and learnt about it through images and online 3-D tours I would love to visit.

If anyone is feeling incredibly generous and would like to provide me with tickets (and travel…) to go to the MET to see this exhibition I will love you forever!

For more information and beautiful pictures of the stained glass on show, visit the MET’s website here: http://www.metmuseum.org/en/exhibitions/listings/2014/canterbury-stained-glass

Also, Apollo magazine (who I interned for during the Summer) have created this awesome article showing some of the best examples of stained-glass across the world, check it out! https://www.apollo-magazine.com/stained-glass/