The Cloisters is not just a nice break from the busyness of Manhattan -- it is a world in itself, and it will take you back a thousand years in time. I went there on a beautiful Sunday in the second half of October by subway, returned on the bus (almost a little sightseeing tour by itself) and got off in front of the Metropolitan Museum. It is right in Fort Tyron Park, overlooking the Hudson. Don't forget to take a walk, and -- if the weather permits -- go for a picknick, because unfortunately they do not have a restaurant up there (only a small Café from April to October, which was not open on the day I visited). The Cloisters houses medieval art from the Met in an authentic cloister setting. It incorporates five medieval cloisters mostly from the south of France (Aquitaine), a region that was once part of the kingdom of Aragon/Catalonia. As far as the artwork on display is concerned, its focus is much wider, mostly from southern, central and western Europe. Fabulous!
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