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The Cloisters

I’m in New York all this week, and taking the opportunity to do a few things I don’t usually have time for when I’m only up for a night or two. I can’t remember if this was my third or fourth visit to The Cloisters, but at any rate I love being able to pretend I’m back in Europe for a few hours. It was gloriously warm and sunny out, entirely too spring-like for late November.

The Bonnefont Cloister and herb garden.

These ladies have always been my favorites of the collection. They’re early 16th-century reliquary busts; here’s a better photo.

One of many spooky characters carved in the capitals of the Cuxa Cloister.

Tomb effigy of a knight in the Gothic Chapel.

(I’m skeptical.)

4 Comments to The Cloisters

  1. Susan's Gravatar Susan
    November 18, 2009 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    Maybe they used "miracle gro" on the magic plants.

  2. Emily's Gravatar Emily
    November 19, 2009 at 1:36 am | Permalink

    Ooh, I loved the Cloisters when I visited! Thanks for bringing back my happy memories of them. 🙂

  3. nova's Gravatar nova
    November 21, 2009 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    I've lived here for a decade and can you believe I've never really visited the Cloisters? (Beyond walking past.)

    You've inspired a trip uptown with this post.

  4. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    November 24, 2009 at 4:49 am | Permalink

    I really want to visit the Cloisters, but I never make it there. Next trip to NY I need to finally go!

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Hi! I'm Camille. I only write stories that could never ever happen in real life, though I do believe in real-life magic. If we were in the same room I'd fix you a cup of tea, but for now we'll have to settle for a virtual connection. I'm really glad you're here.