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Trip Start Mar 12, 2011
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Then we went to the Met Museum of Art. Cost $25 to get in, so we decided not to, as there wasnt that much time left. We went looking in the shop, then made our way to the Cafteria, to use the restrooms. However, when we asked where they were we were ushered past the guy taaking tickets, so we were in! Wandered round for a while, looking at the art there and the non art tat they also have on display. I make no secret of my atitude to some of the stuff they hang on the walls, but there was some that justified having a museum!
Martin's Mass and Met moment:
I thought I would take in Mass at St.Patrick's Cathedral but our journey up on the metro became so disjointed as a result of diversions and track changes that I arrived about 20 mins late for the Archbishop's mass.That only left 1 hour 25 mins!As you can imagine it was absolutely packed - one of 6 masses today. Each column had a video screen of the altar proceedings and I would have to say it was all a bit soulless (apologies for that one).One bright spot was the presence of an armed policeman at the altar as I went up for communion.Sadly considered a necessity after the assassination of Oscar Romero.
I did light a candle for you - you know who you are.
Took Roger in to Trump towers - I remember it from visits many years ago.Such an arrogant waste of space that you cannot fail to have a sneaky feeling of admiration for the coiffured one.
Still the architecture astounds you but it remains difficult to scale it because you feel that you are walking in glazed canyons.
And the Metropolitan?We decided not to pay either to visit Museum of Modern Art or the Met having seen the blood drain from Roger's face when we saw the queue at MoMA and the price at the Met, but it then became an opportunity not to be missed when we were ushered up the stairs thinking we were headed for the cafeteria (first time I've seen it called that over here) and then found ourselves in the galleries.I dragged himself through the American section at least to say I'd seen the Edward Hoppers and then found great works which seemed to make so much more sense when I'd soaked up America for 4 weeks and seen the sights,colours and images that had stimulated these artists.There was also a special section devoted to Lucien Freud and Francis Bacon which should not be experienced after consuming food.