Who said Fridays 13th bring bad luck? In fact, in most cultures and religions, they bring just the opposite, and in fact, this 13th of July 2018 brought great luck for me: I visited The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the most famous park of all time, Central Park.
The Metropolitan Museum Of Art
The famous “MET”, short for Metropolitan Museum of Art, was just as I imagined it: huge, incredible and filled with great energy.
We walked there from Park Lane, which took us approximately 45 minutes, taking into account that we had a pretty slow pace because it was quite hot (35°C) and my parents cannot walk very fast. When we arrived there it was already about 11:30 am so we took some time to rest on the stairs while eating fries.
Inside, we only did three areas of the museum: the Egyptian wing, the Roman wing & the Medieval wing.
By far, the Egyptian wing was the best (at least by my standards anyway): I thought it was magical.
We spent hours exploring those wings, ate a bit at the Patrie Café (the Museum restaurant), and then headed to the MET store, which was huge (and it had some weird stuff, for instance one room filled with dozens of crosses hanging from the ceiling…?).
Central Park: The Most Famous Park In The World
Right after leaving the MET, we finally entered into Central Park. It was about 5:30 pm on a Friday, and people were so chill and relaxed… It made me wonder about actually living here, and be able to come to the park every now and then just to relax.
From behind the MET (around 86th St.) we walked all the way down to Park Lane, inside Central Park. And just like the MET, the Park was very much like I imagined it: huge, very green, and I finally understood the deep meaning behind its surname of ‘Lung Of The City’. It just had a vibe I had never felt anywhere before… completely surreal.
We saw families, people walking their pets, people cycling, running, roller skating, reading, playing football, baseball, basketball… I mean, everybody was just enjoying their time.
In fact, it concluded a great day of reflection, about the City, its residents, its visitors, its history. And I think I got a glimpse at how New Yorkers find their peace and their pace.
With love from NYC,
Lilly, aka The French Hat