TRAVELS & PLACES

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. “The Met” NYC

the met nyc

 

Hello again! During my last review, I mentioned that when you’re in NYC, you should never forget to visit Central Park, but, apart from Central Park, there’s one place you should never ever ignore. In fact, it’s the number one thing to do or see when you’re in NYC, as per tripadvisor.com. It’s none other than The Metropolitan Museum of Art, or commonly known as The Met. No, not that kind of Met, ya know…LOL

Of all my previous travels to NYC, I admit that I’ve never really set foot at The Met before. Not because I don’t like museums, it’s just that for some reason I’ve never really had enough days to visit NYC. Most of my NYC trips are in segments that span months to years of completion, LOL! Anyway, I finally decided to visit The Met and I’ve read a lot of good reviews about it and my curiosity was bothering me.

The Met is located right outside Central Park, at the very famous Fifth Avenue, which is adjacent to Madison Avenue. If your hotel is nearby Central Park, then you’re good to go. The Lucerne Hotel is a good place to stay so you’ll be close to these places that I just mentioned. A review for The Lucerne can be found HERE.

I went on a Friday late morning, but the museum is already jam-packed with people. Full of tourists selfie-ing each other on the long steps. The museum’s building is reminiscent of any grand European architecture, it’s really beautiful. A known acquaintance (New Yorker) advised that the best time to visit The Met is on a Friday evening since there won’t be a lot of people. But hey, I was already there in broad daylight with my camera. So off I went.

Even though the museum looks quite full, it could still accommodate a lot of people. Upon entering, you’re gonna need to show your ticket. Prices of tickets are entirely up to you. Though they listed $25 for 1 Adult, in the end, it’s entirely up to you as to how much you’re willing to pay. It’s like a donation. Once you got your ticket, then it’s valid for the entire Met-related museums and the entire exhibits inside The Met itself.

The Met is HUGE! there’s a couple of cafes but I didn’t see a lot of restrooms. The docents are kind and helpful, the collections and exhibits here are massive. There’s definitely a lot of things here to learn, and that you cannot learn them all in one single visit. In fact, it’s hard to see everything from this place in just one day. Be prepared to walk A LOT. Cameras are allowed here, but no flash. Speaking of cameras, this place is kinda hard to photograph, as a lot of exhibits and rooms are in such dim lighting. Be prepared to crank up your ISO, LOL. 

So many arts, exhibits, sculptures, more arts, more writings, wide rooms, paintings, etc… I haven’t visited everything that this place has to offer. I mostly spent a lot of time on the first floor and a bit of the second floor. I believe this museum has 3 floors with a ground floor.  There’s a lot of arts that I like, namely; The Egyptian Art, The Medieval Art, American Art, Islamic Art, Greek/Roman Art and the European Paintings up on the second floor. I didn’t see the Asian Art and Costume Institute though because I ran out of time. I guess that’d be for my next visit.

I took a lot of pictures with my camera, and here’s some of it. 

Enjoy!

 

EGYPTIAN ART:

the metropolitan museum egyptian art

 

AMERICAN ART:

the metropolitan museum american art

 

ARMS & ARMOR

the metropolitan museum arms and armor

 

MEDIEVAL ART

the metropolitan museum medieval art

 

GREEK & ROMAN ART

the metropolitan museum greek and roman art

 

ARTS OF AFRICA, OCEANIA & THE AMERICAS

the metropolitan museum art of africa oceania and americas

 

ISLAMIC ART. ART OF THE ARAB LANDS, TURKEY, IRAN, CENTRAL ASIA, & LATER SOUTH ASIA.

the metropolitan museum art of the arab land turkey iran central asia

 

EUROPEAN PAINTINGS

the metropolitan museum of art european paintings

Which exhibit/art captured your attention?

 

As I’ve said, be prepared to walk a lot. but it’s a walk to remember, ha! This museum is stunning and I definitely would like to visit The Met again and again. 

 

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Central Park, NYC

central park review manhattan new york

 

Hey Travelers! As I wrap up my NYC 2016 trip, I thought I’d like to share with you these few photos that I took of Central Park. I actually spent a lot of time in Central Park because it’s close to Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue, and also my hotel is just nearby. If you want to know where I stayed on this particular trip, click HERE.

If you’ve never been to NYC, nor to Central Park, I suggest that you shouldn’t skip this particular park because it’s simply beautiful. I love the beauty and serenity of this place. It’s a huge park and I just love coming here every time I’m in NYC. There’s different areas to check out and stroll around, people walking, people jogging, horse-drawn carriages and distant music in the background.

 

new york trip central park review

 

Hills, trees and more trees, beautiful lakes, gorgeous walkways, statues, fields and a zoo, all in the middle of a bustling borough of Manhattan. My visit here was some kind of a good timing because it’s right at the beginning of fall, so you’ll see the trees and the plants changing its colors. I cannot imagine how beautiful this place is going to be when it hits full-on autumn.

 

central park pictures

 

 

The lakes here are so pretty, especially when paired with cozy seats to watch people rowing their tiny boats and to absorb the sounds of birds and other animals around. The only thing that bothers me sometimes whenever I come here is the number of people bustling around. This is a touristic place indeed, but sometimes I find myself looking for some silent areas to just sit around and chill. The best time to come here is probably early morning and perhaps late in the afternoon.

 

central park new york

 

It’s a different experience when you see this park in a lot of movies, rather than seeing it for yourself in real life. It’s definitely prettier and much more enchanting. Just don’t stay around at night, to be safe. Bring a friend with you, take a selfie and stroll all you want.

 

For more reviews of Central Park, click HERE

 

Next up, the Met.

 

‘Till then my traveling buddies,

L.

 

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The Lucerne Hotel, NYC.

 

Hey friends! I’m back from NYC. Oh what a short but wonderful trip that was! I mostly stayed over the weekend plus a few days more. Barely even a week, sigh… I just love New York, I can’t wait to come back.

Anyways, you might have wondered where I stayed. Well, I spent my few days in NYC at The Lucerne Hotel located in the Upper West Side. It’s a beautiful European/Victorian style four-star hotel. Why The Lucerne? I wanted something that has good ratings as per Tripadvisor.com, could fit in my budget, especially on a short stay, and that it should be in close proximity to a lot of stuff. It’s all about location location location. The hotel itself has an old-world feel and the building is unique because it has a clayish red color. Something that you don’t see a lot with the buildings around it, and it does seem to stand out. 

This hotel is just walking distance to Central Park, American Museum of Natural History, The Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Columbus Circle, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Frick Collection, Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenue etc… It’s really convenient!

 

the lucerne hotel review

 

With all its proximity to a lot of places and things to see, I feel like it’s already worth the stay in this hotel. However, upon arriving, I was a bit disappointed because there was a lot of construction happening beside the building and I was placed in a room with a wall for a view. On top of that, it’s so close to the construction site itself. It was kinda hard to rest during the day because I could hear the loud hammering and drilling. The best option was to go somewhere until the construction stops at 6 pm. Which was exactly what I did. In fact, I didn’t spend a lot of time wandering around the hotel like I usually do to check their amenities. Since I’ll be staying only for a few days, I decided to take my adventure somewhere. After all, it’s New York, right? 

However, I could speak for the room itself and some other things I’ve availed. First of all, the bathroom is nice and clean. Though I still wonder about the window with blinds above the tub. 🙂  Second, the room where I stayed is spacious with a king-size bed, even though there was no view on the outside. Third, the bathroom is of decent size with enough supplies. Fourth, housekeeping is prompt and there’s enough towel to use. Fifth, the hotel’s restaurant is just beside it, called NiceMatin. Also, across the street is a 24-hour pharmacy and convenience store, Duane Reade. Lastly, the concierge and the rest of the staff are friendly and polite. For the drawbacks: The AC was loud and not well-regulated. No refrigerator nor microwave. The elevators are tiny and have a bump upon arriving at any floor, which kinda startled me and made me felt a bit dizzy at the beginning. The lobby is tiny and the restaurant beside it posh and expensive. 

 

the lucerne hotel interior review

 

I didn’t do any room service from this hotel, simply because there’s a lot of food and restaurants to choose from when you’re in NYC. Overall, I like this hotel for its convenience to so many NY attractions and museums. I would definitely stay here again and hope that by that time there will be no more noisy construction and that I will be situated in a room with a much better view.

 

the lucerne room

 

 

If you need a hotel to stay in NYC, give The Lucerne Hotel a try and see for yourself. If you plan to stay longer in NY or if you live outside the country, it won’t hurt to get a New York City Pass

Ciao folks! stay tuned for my next NY attraction review.

 

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