New York, New York, a wonderful town
Hub and I just got back from a long weekend On the Town. We took the train to New York, bought Metro passes and took public transportation all over town. My husband has this “gift” for finding his way around when we travel. (We even took the subway all over Seoul, Korea!) We visited the Cloisters, The Met, the Other Met, and the Brooklyn Museum as our Christmas/Valentine/birthday/anniversary gift to each other. This incredible Chagall, behind the Austrian chandelier, hangs at Lincoln Center where the Metropolitan Opera performs.
I really wanted to see the Beyond Babylon exhibit before it left the Met, and I’m so glad we did; the meeting of cultures such an exciting period of art history. From around 3,000-2,000 B.C.E., the “unprecedented movement of precious materials, luxury goods, and people resulted in a total transformation of the visual arts throughout a vast territory that spanned the ancient Near East and the eastern Mediterranean” (lifted from the Met’s web site).
When my friend Marcia heard we were going, she pulled out this great map of New York’s fashion district. I dragged Hub by the ear one morning, and we peeked into a number of the fabric shops, looking for silk. There were no deals to be had in the stores we visited, but it was colorful and interesting. We even had what we call the “Indian shopping phenomenon,” so embarrassing to Americans. Every time your eye rests on something for more than three seconds, a clerk comes and dramatically throws the bolt, so you can look at all the fabric on the bolt. We had clerks throwing whole carpets all over the store for us in India, even though we tried to tell them we couldn’t afford any of them.
Hub was quite relieved when I finally chose some 19mm silk crepe for $10/yard and we finally left for another museum. I’m so thankful that he loves museums as much as I do, that I overlook his shopping phobias.
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